Michael O'Malley

  • Expertise


    In his artwork, Michael O’Malley focuses on engaging the aesthetics and conventions that shape the built environment.  Employing strategies of play, pleasure and interaction, his work focuses on the shifting dimensions of the built environment, kinesthetic experience and social relations.

    He builds sculptures and installations that frame the body in such a way that viewers become implicated in the psychological contradictions of detachment and intimacy, power and futility, comfort and control. In his current work, ideas about social practice, community and sustainable art practice have become his focus. He is currently growing wheat and building a mobile bakery that he will take on the road for workshops and performances.

  • Work


    Selected Exhibitions/Activities

    “Citizen Culture with Ron Finley and Sean Starowitz Community Bake and Forum,” Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2014

    “Cur(Eat): Michael O’Malley, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE, 2013

    “One Rod,” ArtLandProjects, Hamden, NY, 2012

    “Andre You Forgot About the Fire,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2011

    “Event One,” Parsons Hall Porject, Holyoke, MA, 2008

    “Big Bang and Other Origins,” David Salow Gallery, 2007

    “The Tell,” Galeria Fucares Madrid, Spain, 2006

    “THING: New Sculpture in Los Angeles,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2005

    “Michael O’Malley” (solo exhibition), cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA 2004

    “Armory Outdoor Sculpture Installational,” Armory Center for the Arts,  Pasadena, CA 2003

    "Split," Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, 2002

    "Donut shop #4," Watcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA, 2001

    "Terraform1," Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2000

    "Top Heavy," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, 2000

    Artist Website: michaelomalley.org

  • Education


    Master of Fine Arts
    Stanford University

    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

    Bachelor of Art
    University of Notre Dame

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Directed Problems in Studio Art
    • Independent Study in Studio Art
    • Sculpture I
    • Sculpture II - Casting: One & Many
    • Sculpture II - Casting & Multiple
    • Sculpture II - Fabrication & Body
    • Senior Seminar/Project in Studio Art
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Experimental Television Center Performing Grant, 2002

    Artist Trust Gap Award, 2001

    Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, 1999

    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Scholarship, 1998

    ArtPace Artist in Residence, 1997

    John Michael Kohler Arts Industry Program, 1997

    Cadogan/Murphy Award, San Francisco, CA, 1998

    Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, 1993