Resume

EDUCATION

May 1984             Master of Fine Arts, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

May 1981             Bachelor of Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio

Spring 1985         Freddy Elliott, Neon Instruction, Salina, Kansas

 

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

1999                        J. Paul Getty Trust Fund Fellowship for the Visual Arts, presented at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA

1990                        Signs of the Times magazine Electric Sign Design Awards, Sculpture

1981                        Boticelli Award

1980                        Ford Foundation Award

 

COMMISSIONS, APPOINTMENTS, AND INSTITUTIONAL ACQUISITIONS

2010                        Commissioned by the USPS to create the “Neon Celebrate Forever Stamp”

2001                        Commission from City of Minneapolis, Hiawatha LRT Station, Minneapolis, MN

2000                        Commission from Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.  Kibusks at the Warner Center Transit Hub, Woodland Hills, CA

                                    Member of the Board of Trustees, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1999                        Percent for Art commission from Champion Development Group for Brentwood Place, A Better Mousetrap, the intersection                                        
                                    of Wilshire & Brockton in West Los Angeles, CA

1997                        Percent for Art commission titled Canis Rebus Magnetum at Mirror Lake Middle School, Anchorage, AK

                                    Percent for Art commission from Champion Development Group for One West Side, “A Neon Aquarium” at the corner of
                                    Olympic and Sawtelle in West Los Angeles, CA

1995                        University of California San Diego at La Jolla purchased the 6’x 40’ animated neon mural Spetunia for the Price Center

1994                        California State University at Northridge commission for temporary installation Schooling: An Icthyological Perspective

1990                        Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

                                    Wittenberg Series:  Guest lecturer and commission to design and fabricate an interactive neon mural Janken for the Student Center

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015                        Michael Flechtner, LA Artcore-Union Center, Los Angeles, CA

                                    A Neon Survey, CSU Channel Islands, Napa Hall, Camarillo, CA

2013                        Prodigal Son, Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH

2011                        A Fish Story, exhibit at the Valley Performing Arts Center, CSUN, Northridge, CA

1999                        Ecce Signum, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1994                        Semper Cogito, Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA

1993                        Schooling:  An Icthyological Perspective, installation at California State University at Northridge, CA

1992                        Gas–Food–Logic, Julie Rico Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1986                        Phased Array, Onyx Café, Los Angeles, CA

1984                        FLECHTRONIX:  Recent Work, Artists Registry, Wichita, KS

                                    MFA Thesis exhibition, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016                          Repent & Reload, Gallery 831, Columbus, OH

                                      eNlighten, Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                                      Pigment & Power, Chartreuse Contemporary Art Space, Phoenix, AZ

2015                        Art + Science + Craft II at the Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles

                                    Mask Art Show & Masquerade Ball, KGB Gallery, Los Angeles

                                    Artworld Bootcamp-New Works, LA Phantom Gallery, Hawthorne, CA

                                    Vetrano Cars: Carros, Caruchas y Carchangas, curated by Frank Romero at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA

2014                        F/LIGHT, 11:11 A Creative Collective, Tarzana, CA

                                    Art + Science + Craft  at the Fine Arts Building. Los Angeles, CA

                                    “The Bridge Between Us”  11:11 ACC & Cannibal Flower. Tarzana & Venice, CA

2013                        Comida y Arte, Art From the Ashes, Glendale, CA

                                    Glendale: Real and Imagined, Anzoh Gallery, Glendale, CA

2011                        Touch & Go, Milliard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA

2002                        NEON WORKS: The New & the Old, The Grove Gallery at UCSD, San Diego, CA

                                    Light Works!  Group exhibition at the Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

                                    Mitsukoshi International Glass Art Festival Neon Art Exhibit, Traveling Exhibit in Taiwan

2001                        Alumni Exhibition, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

2000                        First Japanese Neon Art Exhibit, Nagoya, Japan

                                    MONA At Pomona, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA

                                    Group Exhibit, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1999                        1999 – 2000 Hsin Chu International Glass Art Festival, Hsin-Chu City, Taiwan

                                    Traveling Light 1999, Hsin-Chu City, Taiwan

                                    Museum Of Neon Art, Group Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

1998                        Traveling Light 1998, Invitational, Glass Arts Society Conference, Seto, Japan; Los Angeles, CA; Kansas City, MO; New York, NY

                                    Orange County Fair 1998, featured artist in the Visual Arts exhibition, Costa Mesa, CA

                                    Enlightenment, Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

                                    Selections from Surrealism and Neo-Narrative, Public Arts Corporation, Long Beach, CA

                                    Group Exhibit, Studio Gallery exhibit at Bistango Gallery Restaurant, Irvine, CA

1997                        Surrealism and Neo-Narrative, Long Beach Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA

                                    GRINS: Humor & Whimsy in Contemporary Art, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA

                                    Through the Looking Glass, Artist Self-Portraits, Cypress College Fine Arts Gallery, Cypress, CA; 10 Years of Contemporary Art
                                    in  Orange County

                                    Up in Lights, Coalition of Light Artists at Creative Art Center Gallery, Burbank, CA

                                    Studio Gallery exhibit at the Hilton, La Jolla, CA

                                    Museum Of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1996                        Electric Muse, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1995                        Light-Headed at Bookaroo on Main, Santa Monica, CA

                                    Theatre of Light & Motion, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA

1994                        California, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA

                                    Neon III, Grove Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA

                                    Nothing in Common, Bistango Gallery Restaurant, Irvine, CA

                                    Neon Art, Coalition of Light Artists, G. Childress Gallery, Ojai, CA

                                    Californeon, The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA

                                    The SUN in ART, Bistango Gallery Restaurant, Irvine, CA

                                    Works of Light, Two-man show with David Svenson, Wignal Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

                                    Neon’s a Gas, One Bush Street, San Francisco, CA

1993                        Neon: It’s a Gas, Occidental College, Eagle Rock, CA

                                    Eclectic Electric, Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami Beach, FL

                                    Portraits: Self-Portraits – I, Museum of Neon Art, Universal City Walk, CA

                                    Cool Fire: High Voltage, Curator and exhibiting artist for Neon and Plasma Art Exhibit, Venice Art Walk, Chiat Day/Mojo,
                                    Venice, CA; Julie Rico Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 1992

                                    A Thousand Points of Light, Cypress College Fine Arts Gallery, Cypress, CA

                                    Dia De Los Muertos, L.A. Photography Center, Los Angeles, CA

                                    The Last Glow Before We Go, Museum of Neon Arts, Los Angeles, CA

                                    Age of Light, Burbank Municipal Art Center, Burbank, CA

                                    Heroes + Victims: An Artists Response to War, Katz and Dawgs, The Gallery, Columbus, OH

                                    Creative Energy: An Exhibit of Neon Art, Brea Civic and Cultural Center, Brea, CA

1991-92                 Flash: Neon Art, Momentum Gallery, Ventura, CA

1991                        Contemporary Neon, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA

                                    Curator and exhibiting artist for Neon II: Ten American Neon Artists, Grove Gallery, University of California, San Diego

                                    Images du Futur ’91, Montreal, Canada

                                    Mona Turns Ten, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1991                        L’art Dans La Mode (Wearable Art), Wignall Museum/Gallery, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

                                    Co-curator and exhibiting artist for Neonics: Contemporary Light Art, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State
                                    University, Wichita, KS

1990                        The Magic of Light and Motion, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

                                    Electric Avenue, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1989                        American Light Art, Spiral Gallery, Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

1989                        Hot Glass, Grove Gallery, University of California, San Diego

                                    Neon, Grove Gallery, University of California, San Diego

                                    Electric Gas, Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

                                    The Neon Project, Lima Art Center, Lima, OH

1988-89                 Eclectic Electric, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1988                        The Center for Neon Art, Tempe, AZ

                                    First Annual Neon Exhibition, Trethan Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

                                    Neon Art, Tony Bill Studio, Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

                                    Current, Two-man show with Kunio Ohashi, Old Town Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1987-88                 Cow Cow Boogie, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1987                        Electric Avenue, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

                                    Two-person show with Kathleen Shanahan at the Kurdian Gallery, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

1985                        Lenexa National Juried 3-D Show, Lenexa, KS

1984                        Kansas Four, Juried Exhibition, Topeka, KS

                                    Three Wichita Sculptors, Marymount College, Salina, KS

1983                        Two-man show, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, KS

                                    The 3-D Show, Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

 

COLLABORATIONS

1992                        Neon Drawings, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences, Santa Monica, CA – Collaboration with
                                    Frank Romero

1991                        Altar Para La Familia, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA – Collaboration with artists Olga Ponce Furginson,
                                    Margaret Garcia, Gilbert Luján, Alberto Oropeza, Frank Romero, Nancy Romero, and Howard Swerdloff

 

LECTURES

1994                        Semper Cogito at Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA

                                    Works of Light at Chaffey College, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

1993                        On contemporary neon art at University at Montevallo, Montevallo, AL

1992                        Contemporary Neon Art at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

1991                        Neon Art, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS

1990                        The State of Contemporary Neon Art at Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH 

 

CATALOGS

1999                        1999 – 2000 Hsin Chu Intl. Glass Art Festival – Hsin-Chu City, Taiwan

                                    Traveling Light 1999, Hsin-Chu City, Taiwan

1994                        Works of Light, Wignall Museum/Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

1993                        Eclectic Electric, Center of Contemporary Art, N. Miami Beach, FL

1991                        Images du Futur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1991                        Neonics: Contemporary Light Art, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

1990                        The Magic of Light and Motion, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

1989                        American Light Art, Spiral Gallery, Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

 

SELECTED ARTICLES

2000                        Sacramento Bee, review by Reed Parsell (February)

2000                        ArtScene, review by Mario Cutajar (January)

1997                        Axis Magazine, Japanese publication (October)

1995                        Signs of the Times magazine, article by Christian Schiess (March)

1994                        Gourmet Magazine, review of Gilliland’s Restaurant, Santa Monica (September)

1994                        Los Angeles Times, photo-article by Rick Meyer (April 3)

1993                        Visions Magazine, “Showcase” article by Mia Kuwada (Summer)

1992                        Los Angeles Times, article by Nancy Kapitanoff on the Gas-Food-Logic exhibit     (December 20)

1992                        Los Angeles Times, article by Mark Chalon Smith on the Thousand Points of Light exhibit (October 29)

1992                        Los Angeles Times, article by Nancy Kapitanoff on Age of Light group neon exhibit (August 7)

1992                        Los Angeles Times, calendar article by Nancy Kapitanoff about Neon Drawings exhibit (February 16)

1991                        Los Angeles Times, article by Shauna Snow on Altar Para La Familia collaboratoration (October 21)

1991                        The Wichita Eagle, article by Susan L. Rife on Neonics: Contemporary Light Art (February 1)

1991                        Sunflower, Wichita State University, article by Molly McMilin on Neonics: Contemporary Light Art (February 1)

1991                        The Columbus Dispatch, announcement of commission dedication of Janken at Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH (January 20)

1988                        Sign Business, article by Michelle Gyure (March)

1987                        Sign Business, article by Dave Kovalcik (December)

1986                        Los Angeles Daily News, article of Jennifer Lowe (November)

1984                        Art Extra, review of FLECHTRONIX by Ronald Christ (November)

 

TELEVISION

2000                        “Our Man Mike!” interview by Mike Castalucci (CBS News, Los Angeles, CA)

                                    “Life and Times” interview by Sal Gonzales (KCET broadcast on PBS)

1991                        “Groupe De Recherche En Art Mediatique” interview with Francois Giard at Images du Futur ’91, Montreal, Canada

                                    “ABC World News Tonight” with Peter Jennings; short story on neon

1990                        “After Hours” interview at Museum of Neon Art (Fox Broadcasting, May 16)

1988                        “Sunday Today, NBC,” demonstration of luminous tube fabrication (taped at FlechtroNEONics)

1984                        “Hutch & Company,” Channel 7, interview with Bruce Hutch about FLECHTRONIX exhibit at Artists Registry

                                    “Invention and Innovation” series interview from my thesis show broadcast on Wichita Public Television

 

COLLECTIONS

USPS Stamp Art Archives, Arlington, VA

Champion Development Group, Los Angeles, CA

University of California, San Diego, CA

Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

Mirror Lake Middle School, Anchorage, AK

Glidewell Laboratories, Newport Beach, CA

Mojo Nixon, San Diego, CA

Daniel & Bonnie Finegood, Los Angeles, CA

Steven & Mary Terry, Tiffin, OH

Yushin Yamamoto, Osaka, Japan

Reiko Motogami, Nara, Japan 

John Stamos, Woodland Hills, CA

J.P. Morgan, Los Angeles, CA

Lisa Schulte, Hollywood, CA

Rob Gabriel, Santa Monica, CA

Andre Trudeau, Columbus, OH

Richard Leslie & Amy Young, NYC, NY

Freddy Elliott, Salina, KS

Carol Boorady, Wichita, KS

Stockton Garver, Wichita, KS

Terry Lewis, Orlando, FL

Drew McConaughy, Boulder, CO

Jessica Weathersby, Huntsville, AL

Craig Sainsott, Smithville, TX

 Lisa Harrison, Sherman Oaks, CA

Joel & Anita Boxer, Sherman Oaks, CA

Hiroko & Rush Culberston, Northridge, CA

Carrie Fisher, Los Angeles, CA

Frank Romero, Los Angeles, CA

Ann Friend, Los Angeles, CA

Suzi Beckman, Daytona Beach, FL

Steve Holland, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Thomas K. Wilson, Salina, KS

Mia Kuwada, Los Angeles, CA

Georgia Braverman, Encino, CA

Carol Heiderman, Las Vegas, NV

Kathy Mahan, Columbus, OH

Ben Livingston, Austin, TX

Nancy Levenson, Rockville, MD

Steven Ravitz, Westwood, CA

Peter Engle, Hollywood, CA

Thomas & Laura Skarvada, Carlsbad, CA

Robert D. Winters, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Robert Schacter, Los Angeles, CA

Gerry Gilliland & Theodore Lonsway, Malibu, CA

Tom Maier, San Jose, CA

Hui La, Los Angeles, CA

Aoki Ken, Aichi City, Japan

Margaret and Joe Polo, Pomona, CA

Tom Chambers, Santa Monica, CA

Kiyoshi Murata, Denver, CO

James Klein, Madison, WI

Don Pinkerton, Burbank, CA

Nils Andres, Osteinbek, W. Germany

Nikki Powell, Maple Plain, MN

Haim Saban, Malibu, CA

Jean-Paul Gaultier, Paris, France

Thomas M. Hubler, St. Louis, MO

Gabor Csupo, Los Angeles, CA

Skye Fraser, Los Angeles, CA

Merrill & Shirley Knopf, Long Beach, CA

Frank Gehry, Santa Monica, CA

Mary Ann Aguirre, Mission Hills, CA

John Valentine, Mission Hills, KS

Barbara & Ingo Vogelsang, Brookline, MA

Barbara Baumann, Santa Fe, NM

Kevin Smith, Miami, FL

Akihiro Kajiyama, Kanagawa, Japan

Jeffery Hulse, Los Angeles, CA

Charley Springer, Altadena, CA

Martin Blank, Los Angeles, CA

Lou Dickstein, Dallas, TX

Bill Bakula, Miami, FL

Glen Titan, Marina Del Rey, CA

Rocky Behr, Pasadena, CA

Janet Ladrach, Sugarcreek, OH

Mary A. Hoffelt, Columbus, OH

Marion Challé, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Richard Montoya, Los Angeles, CA

Joe Self, Denver, CO

Peter Vargas, Denver, CO

Robert L. Allen, Santa Monica, CA

Beatrix Konig, Vienna, Austria

Milt Blain, Los Angeles, CA

Brad Lancaster, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Kevin O’Keefe, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Leslie Raffel, Gurnee, IL

Tim Gudim, Santa Cruz, CA

Brian Weinberg, San Francisco, CA

Jay Haines, Panama City, FL

Janine Smith, Brentwood, CA

Barbara Beezy, Santa Monica, CA

Noe Venable, San Francisco, CA

Amy S. Curl, Dallas, TX

Louis Dickstein, Dallas, TX

Walter Gilbert, Cambridge, MA

Frances Hanckel & Anora Tracy, San Pedro, CA

Derrick Greene, Sacramento, CA

Linda Lucks, Venice, CA

Judi Watson, Pacific Palisades, CA

John McGeary, Tarzana, CA

T.K. Mattingly, Los Alamitos, CA

Bill “Flaps” Flanagan, Lancaster, CA

Wendy Fujinami, Los Angeles, CA

Martha & Vincent van Rooljen, Beaumont, CA

Tony Castaneda, Studio City, CA

Kira Tirimacco, Los Angeles, CA

Perla Rubalcava, Panorama City, CA

Katy Perry, Los Angeles, CA

Shannon Woodward, Los Angeles, CA

Rhihanna, Los Angeles, CA

Diane Hilty, Van Nuys, CA

Tony Castaneda, Studio City, CA

Jerry O’Brien, Glendale, CA

Linda Landau, Orinda, CA

Kathryn Dysart, Dallas, OR

Clayton Hoover, Corpus Christi, TX

Kathryn Ayars, Boston, MA

Allison Campbell, Chelmford, MA

Fred Flechtner, Tiffin, OH

Dave Driftmeyer, Tiffin, OH

Hal Flechtner, San Antonio, TX

Esme Bianco, Los Angeles, CA

Christina Lyons, Newport Beach, CA

S.W.A.G. Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Pursuit Productions, Santa Monica, CA

Angela Hudson, Los Angeles, CA