BFA-Southern Methodist University-Magna Cum Laude
Apprentice under John H. Slocum 1990-92. Neon Specialist
Kidscapes. Teaching children living with HIV art processes 2011-12
DCCCD math tutor 2007-2008
Ed Waldrum’s School of Neon. 2004
Full Scholarship Southern Methodist University
List of Distinction Honor Student Southern Methodist University
Exploration Grant: Investigating
CRLA: Advance level tutor certification in mathematics
Phi Theta Kappa 2007-present.
2016 Illumination of Beauty, Dallas, TX.
2013 Echoes, Aurora, Dallas TX.
Steel and Light Kirk Hopper Fine Art. Dallas, TX.
Art on Henderson Finalist, Dallas, TX.
2012 Goss-Michael Foundation. Water-Thirst-group show. Dallas, TX.
2011 Kirk Hopper Fine Art. The American Beast, Dallas, TX.
2010 Aloft. Group show. Dallas, Tx. Curated by Susan Roth. Euclid Art House by Ro2art
2009 Ideaman Studios. Transformation through Destruction solo exhibition.
University of Dallas, Printmakers and their Professors, Irving, TX.
Curated by Juergen Strunck
Daimler Financial Systems, Experiencing Perspectives, Ft. Worth, TX,
exhibit, Curated by Leila Matta
Craighead Green Gallery, New Texas Talent, Dallas, TX. Group Show
by Charissa Terranova.
2008 Doolin Art Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Group Show.
Curated by Leeanna Morris and MCM
2006 Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX. Group Show
Curated by Joan Davidow
2005 Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX. Group show
Curated by Margaret Blagg
2003 Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX. Group show
Curated by Joan Davidow.
Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX. Group show
Curated by Margaret Blagg
2011 http://www.kirkhopperfineart.com/justbetweenus.html Modern Luxury Dallas, “Eye to Watch.”
2010 Pegasus News magazine, Dallas, Tx. http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/dec/01/audio-slideshow-smu-michael- christopher-sculptor/
Arts Organizations Memberships
2001-current Dallas Center for Contemporary Art
Verve Communications Group, Dallas, TX.
Coupe de Jour Productions, Mclean, VA.
Ideaman Studios, Dallas, TX.
Patzaquel Atitlan Art Residency, Guatemala, Central America
Dallas Center for Contemporary Art. 2001-2007
Installing art and preparing gallery.
Bomb City (2017)
Neon lighting and sculpture: Ruby Red Labyrinth. Neon
Fuck. Neon and The American Beast. steel. Used in film.
2017 The Spade Studio (owner)
1989- present Artist and Freelance Fabricator
Venue Arts, Mecca Designs, StraightCircle Designs, Communilux and TW TrainWorx.
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Preparatory work for exhibitions through receiving and installing art, lighting and staging gallery.
North Texas Neon. Garland,
TX. Glassblowing and processing
Neon Express. Dallas, TX. Processing. Turbo Molecular Vacuum Pump system
03/ 1998- 01/2001:
The Glass House. Arlington, TX. Glassblowing, processing and design. Co-owner
The Traveled Heart. (The Fireplace). 9’ Etched steel 2015.
And Then it Happened. 5’ Etched steel. 2010.
The Ruins. 10”x12”x5”. Bronze. 2010.
Specializing in drawing, intaglio, ceramics, metal sculpture and lighting
installation and curation
Neon glassblower with 20 years experience
Specializing in rare gas mixtures utilizing xenon gas
Highly proficient on PC and Mac operating systems
Plastic vacuum forming