Michael Bise

Born Flagstaff, Arizona 1976
Currently lives and works in Houston, Texas




Master of Fine Arts, University of Houston, Houston, Texas


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas




Artadia Finalist

Nominee for the Texas Contemporary Award (TXC Award)

Hunting Art Prize




Love in the Kingdom of the Sick, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

Flagstaff, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas, Curator: Clint Willour

Life and Death, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas 


Epilogues, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, Curator: Christina Rees 


Blood Poisoning, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas


Holy Ghosts!,  Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas


Birthday, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas


Joey and Melissa, Small A Projects, Portland, Oregon


Widow, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

Life and Death, University of Houston Project Gallery, Houston, Texas




Parallel Myths, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas

FaceTime- An Exploration of Portraiture, Curated by Mary Beyt and Brian Guidry,

Acadiana Center for the Arts , Lafayette, Louisiana

Dramedy, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas Christian University School of Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Mirrored and Obscured: Contemporary Texas Self-Portraits, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas


Glassell School of Art Faculty Show, Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas (curated by Sandie Zilker)


Mortal Men, three-person exhibition with Seth Mittag and Mark Ponder, Gaddis Geeslin

Gallery, Sam Houston State University, Curator: Michael Henderson

50 Humans, Inaugural Exhibition, The Brandon, Houston, Texas

Texas Biennial, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Editions, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas


The State of Drawing, The Gallery at UTA, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, Curator: Benito Huerta (catalogue)


35 Years: Anniversary Exhibition, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

Houston Group of National American Painting Issue #90 Winners, G Gallery, Houston, Texas


Death of a Propane Salesman- Anxiety and the Texas Artist, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, Curator: Christina Rees


Joannaversary, The Joanna Gallery, Houston, Texas

The Drawing Room, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas, Curator: Clint Willour 

Fathom, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, Curator: Mary Mikel Stump


No Skeleton Armies, Please, The Joanna Gallery, Houston, Texas

Aqua Art Fair, Aqua Hotel, Miami, Florida (Small A Projects, Portland, Oregon)


Jupiter Affair, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, Oregon (Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

Perspectives 152: Four Artists, Four Stories, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, Curator: Paola Morsiani (catalogue)

Drawing III (Selected), g-module, Paris, France


All I Want Is Everything, Small A Projects, Portland, Oregon

Masters Thesis Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas


Art Crawl, CSAW, Houston, Texas, Juror: Sharon Engelstein

Rock, Paper, Scissors, CSAW, Houston, Texas, Curator: Brittany Bly

Jupiter Affair, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, Oregon (Savage Art Resources, Portland, Oregon)

State of Affairs, Savage Art, Portland, Oregon, Curator: Stuart Horodner


Summer Breeze: New Houston Painting, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Piggozi Collection, New York, New York




University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas


Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas




Artist’s Picks, Alliance Gallery, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas



Fields, Max (Transcribed and Edited), “Interview with Michael Bise”, Suplex, May 22, 2014.

Castle, Lynn; Hanson, Caitlin, “Mirrored and Obscured: Contemporary Texas Self-Portraits”, catalogue to exhibition, published by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas, 2014, pp. 4, 12-13 (reproduction), 44.

Anspon, Catherine, “Back in the Art Biz Again, Cuppa Joe on the Side”, Paper City, November 2013, p. 10.

Cojulum, Gabriela, “Gallery brings mortality to life at SHSU exhibition”, The Houstonian, October 29, 2013, p. 4.

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “The Texas Contemporary Fair in 48 Photos”, Glasstire.com, October 21, 2013, (reproduction).

The Front Row, Interview, Classical 91.7, KUHA FM, October 1, 2013. Interview by Troy Schulze.  http://www.thefrontrow.org/articles/1380628338-Michael-Bise-Love-in-the-Kingdom-of-the-Sick.html.

Baldwin, Rosecrans, “Love in the Kingdom of the Sick”, The Morning News, September 30, 2013 (reproductions).

Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire, “Biennial shows wide variety of Texas art; captures Texas”, Austin American-Statesman, September 22, 2013 (reproduction).

Gregory, Casey, “Love and Lead”, artstroller, September 8, 2013, (reproductions).

Fischer, Joshua, “The Kingdom of the Sick”, Glasstire.com, September 21, 2013 (reproductions).

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “TX 13 Texas Biennial Highlights”, art ltd, September/October 2013, p. 92, (reproduction).

Anspon, Catherine, “Art Notes”, Paper City, September 2013, p. 6 (reproduction).
Bynam, Susan M., “2013 Texas Biennial”, 002 Magazine, September 2013, pp. 34-35 (reproduction).

Glentzer, Molly, “Lone Star State shines contemporary light”, Houston Chronicle, Zest Section, pp. H6-7, August 25, 2013 (reproduction).

“Arts Insight”, Artist Profile, Houston PBS, Channel 8, April 4, 2013. YouTube link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dClBRWpVr8.

-----“Galveston Arts Center- Michael Bise and Lawrence Lee”, Exhibition Listing, Galveston Monthly, p. 55, August 2013 (reproduction).

“Galveston Arts Center Presents Michael Bise and Lawrence Lee”, The Islander Magazine, p. 57, August 2013 (reproduction).

Lima, Benjamin, “The State of Drawing”, Exhibition catalogue, The Gallery at UTA, Arlington, Texas, 2012 (reproductions).

“Drawing Attention”, University of North Texas, The North Texan, Winter 2012, p. 21 (reproduction).

Glasstire TX Auction 2012, The Inaugural Year catalogue, (reproduction).

New American Paintings, No. 102, 2012, The Open Studios Press, pp. 156-159 (reproductions), Juror- Bill Arning, Editor: Steven T. Zevitas

Simek, Lucia, “Art Review: Death and Shame: Two Artists Wrestle With Themselves”,D Magazine.com, FrontRow, February 1, 2012.

”Michael Bise and Michael Jones McKean”, Fluent-Collaborative, might be good recommends, Issue #182, January 27, 2012.

Robinson, Gaile, “Michael Bise’s work draws from deep well of sorrow”, Star-Telegram, Wednesday, January 25, 2012, pp. 1D & 2D (reproductions).

Artist Profile, Slideshow and Interview, Glasstire.com, Photographs by Jack Thompson, Interview by Kelly Klaasmeyer, Produced and Edited by Rainey Knudson and Eric Jarvis, http://vimeo.com/26408746

“Best of the South”, Oxford American, 2011, (reproduction). Vogel, Wendy, “Strange Powers: The Art Of Michael Bise”, Summer/Fall 2011 Featured Artist, Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp. 235-244 (reproductions).

New American Paintings, No. 90, 2010, The Open Studios Press, pp. 24-27 (reproductions), Juror: Toby Kamps.

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “The Mother Lode”, Houston Press, April 14-20, 2011, p. 36, (reproduction).

Britt, Douglas, “Michael Bise’s Drawings Explore the Dark Side of Family Ties”, Houston Chronicle, April 14, 2011, p. 38 (reproduction). Also appears in Houston Chronicle 29-95.com.

Anspon, Catherine, “Art Notes”, Paper City, April 2011, p. 8 (reproduction).

Liscum, Dean, “There will be Bise”, www.thegreatgodpanisdead.blogspot.com, March 29, 2011(reproductions).

Hancock, Hank, “A Weekend of Art at Project Row Houses and Beyond”, Houston Press Online, March 28, 2011.

Schulze, Troy, “Gallery Scene: Opening This Week”, Houston Press Online, March 21, 2011(reproduction).

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “35 Years: Anniversary Exhibition”, Houston Press, Capsule Review, September 30-October 6, 2010, p. 36.

“Best of”, Nominated for Best Artist in Houston 2010, Houston Press, October 2010, p.44.

Britt, Douglas, “Exhibit comes to life in print, in person- G Gallery show featured in New American Paintings”, Saturday, September 4, 2010, pp. E2 & E6.

Schulze, Troy, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, Houston Press, November 19-25, 2009, p. 36 (reproduction).

Davenport, Bill, “Michael Bise at Moody Gallery”, Visual Art Source, October 30, 2009.

Anderson, Virginia Billeaud, “Michael Bise offers biographically inspired drawings at Moody Gallery”, Greater Houston Weekly, November 4, 2009, p. 2AA (reproduction).

Houston Magazine, Visual Arts Calendar, October 2009.

Mitchell, Charles Dee, “Michael Bise at Moody”, Art in America, April 2008, p. 173 (reproduction).

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “Michael Bise: Birthday”, Houston Press, Capsule Review, November  22, 2007, p. 41. 

Davenport, Bill, “The Whole Dead Dad Thing”, Glasstire, November 2007.

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “’No Skeleton Armies, Please’. A DIY gallery opens in Montrose”, Houston Press, July 19, 2007. 

Johnson, Patricia C., “For ArtHouston, It’s All in the Details,” Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, July 19, 2005, Sec. E, pp. 1, 5.

Houston Chronicle, Events Calendar (reproduction), Sunday, July 31, 2005, p. 9.

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “Scenes from Summer – Highlights from this year’s ArtHouston Extravaganza”, Houston Press, August 4, 2005.

Bovee, Katherine, “Michael Bise: Joey and Melissa,” Artlies 50, Spring 2006, p. 121.

Morsiani, Paola, Perspectives 152 : Four Artists, Four Stories, exhibition catalogue, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 2006.

Devadanam, Steven, “Four For Art,” Houston Press, June 22 – 28, 2006, p. 28.

“Four Artists Four Stories”, artshouston magazine, July 2006, p. 10.

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “Fantastic 4”, Houston Press, July 6-12, 2006, p. 42.

“Contemporary Arts Museum Premieres Work From Houston Artists,” Houston Lifestyles & Homes, August 2006, p. 20-22.



Bise, Michael, “Looking at Art”, Glasstire.com, May 14, 2014.

Bise, Michael, “Looking at Art”, Glasstire.com, May 8, 2014.

Bise, Michael, “Looking at Art”, Glasstire.com, April 30, 2014.

Bise, Michael, “Looking at Art”, Glasstire.com, April 23, 2014.

Bise, Michael, “Looking at Art”, Glasstire.com, April 16, 2014.

Bise, Michael, “Looking at Art”, Glasstire.com, April 9, 2014.

Bise, Michael, “Wols: A Misinterpretation”, Glasstire.com, December 6, 2013.

Bise, Michael, “Life on the List, Chapter 3”, Glasstire.com, February 10, 2013.

Bise, Michael, “Life on the List, Chapter 2”, Glasstire.com, November 26, 2012.

Bise, Michael, Al Souza, Fundamentals catalogue essay with Raphael Rubinstein, April 2012.

Bise, Michael, “Glasstire Drawing Project #1: Life on the List, Chapter 1”, Glasstire.com, October, 2011.

Bise, Michael, “Life on the List. In the Crowd”, Glasstire.com, October, 2011.

Bise, Michael, “New Art in Austin, Austin Museum of Art”, …mightbegood.org, Issue #167, April 15, 2011.

Bise, Michael, “Weasel, Inman Annex, Houston”, …mightbegood.org, Issue #159, December 17, 2010.

Bise, Michael, “Peat Duggins, Art Palace, Houston”, …mightbegood.org, Issue #154, October 1, 2010.

Bise, Michael, “Faux Real”, Glasstire.com, September 2010. 

Bise, Michael, “Cruz Ortiz, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston”, …might be good.org, Issue #149, June 4, 2010. 

Bise, Michael, “Alice Neel at the MFAH”, Glasstire.com, May 2010.

Bise, Michael, “Margarita Cabrera”, …might be good.org, Issue #141, February 12, 2010.

Bise, Michael, “Good Theory Can't Save Bad Art”, Glasstire.com, February 2010. 

Bise, Michael, “Hard Edge: Ping-Pong Abstraction from Houston Thrift Stores”.

 …mightbegood.org, Issue 133, November 6, 2009.

Bise, Michael, “Reduced Visibility, Glassell School”, …might be good.org, Issue #130, October 2, 2009.

Bise, Michael, “Art Guys: Dead Serious”, Glasstire.com, July 2009.

Bise, Michael, “Foucault for Dummies”, Glasstire.com, June 2009. 

Bise, Michael, “Cyborg”, Glasstire.com, May 2009.

Bise, Michael, “Rachel Hecker, Texas Gallery, Houston”, …mightbegood.org, Issue #119, March 27, 2009.

Bise, Michael, “Get a Rope at CTRL Gallery”, Glasstire.com, March 2009.

Bise, Michael, “Francesca Fuchs: Losing the Edge”, Glasstire.com, February 2009.

Bise, Michael, “The Ten List: Studio Ghosts”, Glasstire.com, December 2008.

Bise, Michael, “Holy Ghosts”, Glasstire.com, October 2008.

Bise, Michael, “The Collector”, Glasstire.com, May 2008.

Bise, Michael, “CORE 2008 Artists in Residence Exhibition”, Glasstire.com, March 2008.

Bise, Michael, “The Black Box: The Worst Art I Ever Made”, Glasstire.com, November 2007.

Michael Bise; Between You and Me, 2014; graphite on paper; 61 x 44 in., irregular
Michael Bise; Jesus Christ!, 2014; graphite on paper; 65 x 47 in.