Michael Wright is featured in a one person exhibition on the LearningTimes Squirrel Island in the virtual world Second Life opening Aug 1 2008. The exhibit which will remain up for several months consists of real life works that have been upload to the virtual environment and displayed in two different galleries on the island. Dome West 15,166,22 and Tail Gallery 169,213,28. If you use Second Life, click here to visit his work.
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Michael Wright is a painter who began to explore Digital Media in the mid 1980s on an Amiga computer. He exhibited his first Digital Prints in 1989. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on a national & international level over the past 38 years. He is currently exploring art and art education in virtual worlds.
Wright’s digital work is represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” my Bruce Wands, “Going Digital” by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, “Computer Graphics World” ’25 year Retrospective of Digital Art” in its January 2002 issue and in the magazine’s “Portfolio” section of the November, 2001, issue. The article was called “Pixel Perfect: Michael Wright”. Wright is profiled in “Computer Graphics Companion” edited by Jeffrey McConnell Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly. His work also appears in “The Computer in the Visual Arts” by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley and is also published in Linda Jacob’s seminal book, “CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology”. He and his work have been featured in Wired, Micro Publishing News, Computer Graphics & Applications and Agent X, Television Tokyo. Wright’s digital prints are in the collection of the State Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, the repository for British art book & print collections.
Wright is a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is a member of SIGGRAPH, YLEM, ASCI, ACM and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. He is the recipient of the Otis Award of Excellence in Arts Education and served as Art Gallery Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego California. He was a guest artist at the SIGGRAPH 2004 & 2005 conferences in Los Angeles where he created the “Portrait Virus” at the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego. Wright as also curated into the SIGGRAPH international exhibition “Global Eyes.”