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
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
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
2019 Nicholas Brown, Autonomy, Duke University Press.
2019 Mike Osborne, "Federal Triangle," Artist Feature, Der Greif.
2019 Mike Osborne, Artist Blog on Federal Triangle, in five parts: Federal Triangle; White Vans & Black Suburbans; Around the Russian Embassy; Homes Tour; and Two Styles, Der Greif.
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,” Newyorktimes.com.
2014 Kriston Capps, “The Avenues of Monopoly, Captured in Pictures,” Citylab.com.
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,” Time.com.
2014 Pete Brook, “The Desert Towns that Wrote the Histories of Nukes,” Wired.com.
2014 Allison Meier, “Photographing the Desert Where the Mountains Float,” Hyperallergic.com.
2014 “Foto-Tableau: Floating Island,” Neue Zurcher Zeitung
2014 Sarah Lewis, The Rise, p17.
2014 Rachel Hooper, "Monopoly: Mike Osborne and Haden Garrett," Glasstire.com.
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,” Newyorker.com.
2013 Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin, "Archives Inform Modern Photographers’ Work," Statesman.com.
2012 Elda Silva, “Remote Possibilities”, San Antonio Express News.
2011 Andrea Rice, "Hot Off the Press," Newyorktimes.com.
2011 “Mike Osborne: Underground,” Iheartphotograph.blogspot.com.
2010 Evan Osnos, “Boom Doctor: Can the Chinese Miracle Continue without Reform?” New Yorker.
2010 Myra Messner, “Jennifer Little & Mike Osborne @ Stanford,” Squarecylinder.com.
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,” Iheartphotograph.blogspot.com.
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,’” Newyorker.com.
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....