Bio / CV

Mike Osborne is a photographer whose work touches on a range of themes including architecture, landscape, history, and technology, ultimately taking the form of books and exhibitions. His photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Contemporary Austin, and the University of Virginia. Federal Triangle, a project set in Washington, DC, will be published by Gnomic Book in 2019. His work has also appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, Time, the New York Times, and the New Republic. He lives in Austin, Texas.


BA, English, Stanford University
MFA, Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin


2019   Federal Triangle
2014   Floating Island

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2019   Federal Triangle, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin
2014   Monopoly, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas
2014   Monopoly, FotoFest Biennial, The Brandon Contemporary, Houston
2012   Floating Island, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas
2012   Floating Island, Artpace, San Antonio
2011   Papers and Trains, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas
2010   Excavating the Underground, Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford University
2010   Papers and Trains, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
2009   On Location: Beijing, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas
2008   On Location: Beijing, Houston Center for Photography
2007   Enter the Dragon, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018   Kassel Dummy Award Shortlist, exhibitions at PhotoIreland, Kassel Fotobookfestival, Triennial of Photography Hamburg, IED Madrid, FotoLeggando Rome, Organ Visa Zagreb, Photoscene Cologne, Photobook Week Aarhus, Photography Seminar Litauen, Zentralbibliothek Im Kulturpalast Dresden, Tokyo Art Book Fair
2017   On Freedom, Aperture Foundation, New York City
2016   1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, Fotografija Godine BIH Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University, Chicago, USA; Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia; Uri-Eichen Gallery, Chicago, USA; The Eye – International Photography Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales; Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2015  1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; East Wing Gallery, Dubai; Browse Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Fotodoks Festival, Munich, Germany; LagosPhoto, Lagos, Nigeria; Lishui International Photography Festival, Lishui, China; GuatePhoto, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2015   Strange Pilgrims, The Contemporary, Austin
2015   SELECT 2015, Washington Project for the Arts, Artisphere, Arlington
2014   INFOCUS: Self-Published Photobooks, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ
2014   DC Commission on the Arts, Washington, DC
2014   Drive, Lawndale Art Center, Houston
2014   UTTR, Center for Land Use Interpretation Wendover Exhibition Hall, Wendover, UT
2014   Blog, Reblog, Big Medium, Austin
2013   Looking at the New West, Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2013   Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive, Harry Ransom Center, Austin
2013   The Artist's Palette: Primary Colors on Paper, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
2013   Of a Technical Nature, The Contemporary, Austin
2013   Texas Biennial, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio
2013   Group Show, The Brandon Contemporary, Houston
2013   Blog, Reblog, Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2012   Public Dress, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2012   Dark Matter, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
2011   Nowhere Near Here, Fotofest, Houston
2010   Photoforum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2010   Panta Rei, Box 13 Artspace, FotoFest Biennial, Houston
2009   Promise, Practice, Protocol, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
2008   Contemporary Photographs: Recent Acquisitions, Dallas Museum of Art
2006   22 to Watch: New Art in Austin, Austin Museum of Art
2006   22 to Watch: New Art in Austin, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art
2006   22 to Watch: New Art in Austin, Galveston Arts Center
2004   New American Talent 19, Arthouse, Austin
2000   Undergraduate Research Opportunities Exhibition, Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford University

Public Collections

Dallas Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Contemporary Austin
Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia

Awards / Fellowships / Residencies
2018   Kassel Dummy Award Shortlist: Federal Triangle
2018   Lucie Photobook Prize Finalist - Proposal: Federal Triangle
2018   Lucie Photobook Prize Finalist - Prototype: Monopoly
2015   Nominated for ICP Infinity Award for Publication: Floating Island
2015   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship
2014   Georgetown University Summer Grant
2014   Georgetown University Spring Grant-in-Aid
2013   Georgetown University Summer Grant
2013   Georgetown University Spring Grant-in-Aid
2013   Georgetown University Fall Grant-in-Aid
2012   Dozier Travel Grant, Dallas Museum of Art
2012   Artpace Residency
2012   Warhol Idea Fund Grant (with Lakes Were Rivers Collective)
2012   Nominated for 2013 MACK First Book Award
2012   Georgetown University Fall Grant-in-Aid
2011   Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Wendover Residence
2010   Nominated for 2011 Arthouse Texas Prize
2008   Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
2008   Houston Center for Photography Fellowship
2008   Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
2006   Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan
2006   Nominated for 2007 Arthouse Texas Prize
2004   Artpace Travel Grant, San Antonio
2000   Leo Holub Photography Prize, Stanford University
1999   Robert M. Golden Grant, Stanford University

Selected Publications

2019  Ruby Boddington, "... A Darkly Comedic Glimpse at American Power," It's Nice That.
2019  Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, "Mike Osborne: Federal Triangle," Sightlines.
2019  Mike Osborne, "Federal Triangle," Artist Feature, Der Greif.
2019  Mike Osborne, Artist Blog on Federal Triangle in five parts, Der Greif.
2019  Charlie Breen, "Book Review: Federal Triangle," Musee.
2019  "Мощь, сила, власть: Федеральный треугольник в Вашингтоне," Esquire Russia.
2019  Miss Rosen "... The Ominous Workings of the State," Feature Shoot.
2019  Nicholas Brown, Autonomy, Duke University Press.
2017  Melissa Welikson, “A View Inside the Houston Homes Hit by Hurricane Harvey,” The New Yorker.
2017  Ben Taub, “After Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Slow and Uneven Recovery Begins,” New Yorker.
2017  Ben Taub, “When Hurricane Harvey’s Victims Don’t Want to Be Rescued,” New Yorker.
2017  Jordan Teicher, “White Vans & Black Suburbans,” The New Republic.
2017  “政治的な陰謀論を思わせる、ワシントンD.C.を捉えた「意味深」な18枚の写真,” Wired Japan.
2017  Laura Mallonee, “Eerie Photos Capture Fear and Paranoia in Washington DC,” Wired.
2015   “Foto-Tableau: Monopoly,” Neue Zurcher Zeitung.
2014   Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, “A Conversation with Mike Osborne,” The Great Leap Sideways.
2014   Eric Nagourney, “Pass Go, Take Pictures,”
2014   Kriston Capps, “The Avenues of Monopoly, Captured in Pictures,”
2014   “Естественная монополия,” Esquire Russia.
2014   Richard Bailey, “Mike Osborne at Holly Johnson Gallery,” Glasstire.
2014   Rebecca Senf, “Rebecca Senf: Creating Artist’s Books,” Lenscratch.
2014   Myles Little, “America Dreaming: Mike Osborne’s Desert Landscapes,”
2014   Pete Brook, “The Desert Towns that Wrote the Histories of Nukes,”
2014   Allison Meier, “Photographing the Desert Where the Mountains Float,”
2014   “Foto-Tableau: Floating Island,” Neue Zurcher Zeitung
2014   Sarah Lewis, The Rise, p17.
2014   Rachel Hooper, "Monopoly: Mike Osborne and Haden Garrett,"
2013   Changing Views: Photography and Environmental Action. University of Virginia Press.
2013   “Why Texas Is Our Future.” Time.
2013   Jessie Wender, “Seeing the Subway, Part Two,”
2013   Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin, "Archives Inform Modern Photographers’ Work,"
2012   Elda Silva, “Remote Possibilities”, San Antonio Express News.
2011   Andrea Rice, "Hot Off the Press,"
2011   “Mike Osborne: Underground,”
2010   Evan Osnos, “Boom Doctor: Can the Chinese Miracle Continue without Reform?” New Yorker.
2010   Myra Messner, “Jennifer Little & Mike Osborne @ Stanford,”
2009   TV Towers—8,559 Meters of Politics and Architecture. Deutsches Architekturmuseum.
2009   Things Beyond Control: Jahrbuch 10, Merz & Solitude.
2009   Allison Hearst, "On Location: Beijing," might be good….
2008   “Mike Osborne: Press Pictures,”
2007   Matthew Bourbon, Review of Enter the Dragon, Artlies.
2007   Mike Osborne, “Artist’s Portfolio,” might be good….
2006   Caitlin Haskell, "Press Pictures," Artlies.
2005   New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch, Austin Museum of Art.

Selected Writing / Interviews / Podcasts

2014   Hirshhorn Museum, Friday Gallery Talk, Sitebound: Photography from the Collection
2011   Mike Osborne, “Christian Marclay: The Clock,” might be good….
2010   Whitney Johnson, “Postcard from China: Mike Osborne’s ‘Enter the Dragon,’”
2010   Mike Osborne, “They Knew What They Wanted,” Artlies.
2010   Mike Osborne, “Interview: Adam Schreiber,” might be good….
2006   Mike Osborne, "Hiroshi Sugimoto at SAMA," might be good....