Michael Kolster                                                                                  November 2022

2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow

Exhibition Record

2022/3     Home and Other Realms, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, Maine

2020        Paris Parks, Metanoia Gallery, Paris, France

2019        Take Me to the River, Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia

2018        Paris Parks, Artspace Herndon, Herndon, Virginia
                Hawaiian Plastiglomerates, Lehman Gallery, Brooks School, N. Andover, MA
2017        Take Me to the River, Combes Gallery, The American University of Paris, France
2015        Take Me to the River, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
2014        Proving Ground, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, Maine 
2013        Rivers Lost and Found, SRO Gallery, Texas Tech School of Art, Lubbock, TX 
                itiswhatitis, Space Gallery, Portland, Maine
2012        Still Life: Photographs on Glass, Schroeder Romero Shredder, Chelsea, NYC
                A River Lost and Found, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
                James River Photographs, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
                Down by the River, Tony Hungerford Gallery, College of So. Maryland, La Plata
                Two Rivers, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2009        New Orleans, Muskie School, University of Southern Maine, Portland
2008        Dwell, n., Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
2007        Flux, Area Gallery, USM, Portland, ME (catalog) photographs from New Orleans
2006        comeandsee, The Map Room, Portland, ME (catalog)
2005        The Daily Post Grids, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
                Multiples, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
2003        Mojave, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA
1999        Selections, FVA, San Francisco, CA
1994        Houses, Bank of Oakland, Oakland, CA
1992        From Here to Now, Boston University Bookstore, Boston, MA

2015        The Redemption of the Schuylkill, University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia
2003        Coastal, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
                Botanica, Round Room Gallery, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA,
2002        Maine Coast: Photos and Paintings, Saco Museum, Saco, ME
                Botanica, Landau Gallery, Belmont, MA

Juried Group

2023        CMCA Biennial, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport

2015        Wet Plate Collodion, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Director’s Award
                Surviving the Storm, Katrina 10 Years Later, Montgomery College, Silver Spr.
2014        Landscape Today and Tomorrow, LLB Galleries, SUNY Geneseo
                A Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
                Scope: The Southern Landscape, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
                75 Years of Photography at City College, SF Camera Work, San Francisco, CA
2012        National Exposure Revisited, ARC Gallery, Chicago. IL
                Art in the Open, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2011        Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition, MFA, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
                ETAL, California Museum of Photography, Riverside
                The Suburban Challenge, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR
                Hand+Eye - Curators Choice Gallery, TTL Gallery, Durham NC (catalog)
2010        Altered: National Juried Photography Exhibition, U of West Florida, Pensacola
2009        New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
                National Photography ’09, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY
                American Visions Photography, Museum of Anthropology CSU, Chico, CA
2002        Biennial, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
                Plugged In, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
1997        Photo Review Juried Annual, Philadelphia, PA, juried by Emmet Gowin
1994        Magic Silver, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
                Photo 94, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
                Juried Annual, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
                MetroPhoto Annual, San Francisco, CA
1992        Graduate Students of New England, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

Invitational Group

2022        The Morphing Medium, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Portland

                Photography Faculty II, Cove Street Arts, Portland, ME

2021        Complex Uncertainties, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA

                The Fleming Reimagined, Fleming Museum of Art, UVM, Burlington, VT

2020        Landmarks, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

                MMPA Celebrates 10 Years & 100 Maine Photo Collectors, Maine Museum of

                    Photographic Arts, Portland, ME

2019        All the Marvelous Surfaces: Photography Since Karl Blossfeldt, deCordova Sculpture

                    Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA 

                Everyday Maine II, University of New England Gallery, Portland, Maine

2018        Everyday Maine I, The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
                Art in the Open: Selections 2010-2018, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
2016        Branching Out, Union of Maine Visual Artists, Portland, Maine
2015        Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Maine
                Selections from the Bruce Brown Collection, U Maine Museum, of Art, Bangor
                Highways and Byways, Portland Public Library, Maine, Sponsored by CMCA
                Sliver and Salt, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME
2014        Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage, U of New England Gallery, Portland, ME
2013        View Find, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2012        Concerning Line, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2011        Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later, Center for Maine Contemporary Art
2009        Ordinary Life, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2008        Art Show and Sale, 30 Romasco Studio, Portland, ME
2003        Taking Pictures, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
2002        Art Faculty, Bowdoin College, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
1995        Three Americans, Z Space, Paris, France
Grants and Awards

2021        Faculty Research Award (Subvention), Bowdoin College

2020        Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College

                Faculty Research Award (Subvention), Bowdoin College

2019        Fletcher Family Research Award, Bowdoin College

2018        Artist Teaching Resident, Brooks School, No. Andover, MA
2018        Faculty Research Award (Subvention), Bowdoin College
2016        Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College
2015        Project Grant Award, Maine Arts Commission
                Faculty Research Award (Subvention), Bowdoin College
                Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College
2014        Finalist (with collaborator Matthew Klingle), Lange-Taylor Prize, CDS, Durham, NC
2013        John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow
                Leave Supplement Award, Bowdoin College        
                Alan M. Christenfeld Award, Bowdoin College
                Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College
2012        Residency Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2011        Bowdoin Faculty Fellowship, Bowdoin College
2008        Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, Bowdoin College
2006        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
2005        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
2004        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
2002        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
                Rusack Coastal Studies Project Initiative Fund, Bowdoin College
2002        Faculty Research and Travel Grant, Bowdoin College
2001        Rusack Coastal Studies Project Initiative Fund, Bowdoin College
1992        Polaroid Artist Support Grant, Polaroid Corporation
1991        Polaroid Artist Support Grant, Polaroid Corporation


The American University of Paris

Brown University Bell Gallery, Providence, RI

Capital One Financial Corporation

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson. AZ

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

Eastman Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY

Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington

High Museum, Atlanta, GA

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA

Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Portland, ME

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

The Polaroid Corporation

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Princeton University Museum of Art, Princeton, NJ

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia

University of New England, Portland, Maine

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA


2022     Paris Park Photographs, Bilingual English/French, 120-page book of 54 tritones

             with Afterword by Michelle Kuo,

             George Thompson Publishing, Inc.

2019     L. A. River, 152-page book of Los Angeles River ambrotypes
             with essays by Frank Gohlke and D. J. Waldie
             George Thompson Publishing, Inc., Staunton, Virginia

2016    Take Me to the River, 240-page book of four river portfolios and three essays

             George Thompson Publishing, Inc.
             Nominated for the Aperture Foundation's annual First Photo Book award.


2020      Museum from Home Series, Portland Museum of Art, April

2019      Spotlight: Contributor Michael Kolster, Memorious Issue 28

2017      Take Me to the River, BokehBokeh, Berkeley, CA, Fall 2017
              That Historical Coincidence,“Eyes on the South,” Oxford American
               Don’t Take Pictures, Photo of the Day, June 15, Kat Kiernan
               The Daily Posthttp://dailypost.bowdoin.edu, since 2002, over 5500 entries
2016       Take Me to the River, Social Documentary Network, January 2016 Spotlight
2015       River Glass, Boom: A Journal of California,Summer, Vol. 5, No. 2, 
               You Can’t Get There From Here, Biennial Catalogue, Portland Museum of Art
               Changing Places, The Backstory, Audio Recording, Biennial, Portland Museum of Art
               The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd Edition, Christopher James
               Topsham: From the River to the Highlands, by Robert C. Williams
                Maine Photographs: A History (1840-2015), by Bischof, Danly, and Shettleworth
                LA River Ambrotypes, F-Stop Magazine, Issue #71, Summer
2014        From the River: Michael Kolster’s Handmade Photographs, KCET Artbound,
                        CarrenJao, Nov. 24
2012         Loupe Vol 2, Issue 3, Journal of the Photographic Resource Center, Boston 
                 Memorious Issue 18, A Journal of New Verse and Fiction
2010         Consilience – The Journal of Sustainable Development, Columbia University, NYC
                 Last Days of the Coliseum, Connecticut Public Television, Richard Hanley, producer
2007         New Orleans Photographs 2005-2006, catalogue
2006         Four Projects: The Map Room as an Image-Making Device, catalogue
1997         Photo Review Annual, Philadelphia, PA
1991         From Here to Now, commissioned book, Allendale Columbia School, Rochester, NY

2017     Take Me to the River Book Review, Emma Brown, ZEKE Magazine, Fall Issue
             Take Me to the River Book Review, A. Quintenz-Fiedler, Photographer’s Forum
             Take Me to the River Book Review, Blake Andrews, PhotoEye, Santa Fe, March 23 
2015     THE PMA BIENNIAL, The Portland Phoenix, November 4
              Maine Event: Excellent Art on View in Portland Biennial, The Boston Globe
              Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial, Portland (ME) Press-Herald, Oct. 18
              Art Review: The PMA Biennial,The Bollard, Nov 5
              Past and Present Perspectives, The Portland Phoenix, April 1
2014      Take Me to the River: Wet Plate Photography by Michael Kolster, 35to220.com, June
              Photos Mirror Images Taken Centuries Ago, Rob Pavey, Augusta (GA) Chronicle
2012      Shock of the New, Amazing Use of the Old, Phil Isaacson, Portland Press Herald
              Androscoggin Project Gains Attention, Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME
              Michael Kolster: Making a Glass Wall, Kevin Logghe, Fotosavant.com, July
              Resemblance, Mark Harley, Richmond Arts Review, 14 September
              Michael Kolster Explores the James River, FanoftheFan.com, 19 September
              New Photography by Michael Kolster, Rebecca Barnabi, Examiner.com, September
              Michael Kolster: Still Life, Photographs on Glass, NY Art Beat, July
              A River Lost and Found, 207 News Magazine segment, WCSH6 TV, Portland, ME
2011      The Androscoggin Then and Now, article and video, Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal
2008      Dwell, n. at Icon, David Raymond, Art New England, June/July
              He Points, Shoots, Makes a Point, Maine Sunday Telegram
2006      Don’t Forget New Orleans, Times Record, Brunswick, ME, October 
              comeandsee, Maine Sunday Telegram, August
              Eye Cartography, Portland Phoenix, July
2004      Multiples at Icon, Chris Thompson, Art New England, June/July
              Kolster’s Decisiveness, Philip Isaacson, Maine Sunday Telegram

Visiting Artist Lectures/Residencies

2023    Residency Fellow, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

2022    Spring Speaker Series, L. L. Bean, Freport, ME

2020    “Horizon Markers: Plastiglomerates in Paradise,” 2020 Hawaii International Conference        

                 on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu

2019    Artist Lecture, “Take Me to the River,” Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA

2018    Artist-in-Residence, The Brooks School, North Andover, MA
            “Photographic Process - Clarence White” lecture to docents, Portland Museum of Art
            “Clarence White’s World,” gallery talk, Portland Museum of Art, ME
            Audio Guide Discussant as part of Clarence White exhibition, Portland Museum of Art
2017    Artist-in-Residence, The American University of Paris
           “Photographers on Photography,” gallery talk, Portland Museum of Art, ME
            The Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA
2016    Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center, Skowhegan, Maine    
            Yarmouth Historical Society, Yarmouth, Maine    
2015    Panel discussion, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
            “Photography in Focus,” Mellon Workshop, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
2014    Artist Lecture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
            Artist Lecture, Georgia Regents University, Augusta
2013    Gale Memorial Lecture, University of New Mexico School of Art, Albuquerque
2012    Art in the Open Philadelphia, Juried Participating Artist 
            Visiting Artist, University of Richmond, VA
            “The Androscoggin River: Lost and Found,” Hallowell Gallery, Hallowell, ME
            “The Androscoggin River: Lost and Found,” Western Maine Audubon, Jay, ME
2011    “The Androscoggin River: Lost and Found,” Civic Forum Series, Bates College, Lewiston
            Artist Lecture, University of Richmond, VA
2009    Framing Time and Place Conference, University of Plymouth, UK
            "New Orleans: Rebuilding an American City," Muskie School for Public Service, USM
             “Approaching the Big Picture Problem – New Orleans Rebuild and The Daily Post,”
             Allendale Columbia School, Rochester, NY
2007    Learning Associate, Bates College, Lewiston, ME
            Rockwell Visiting Artist, The Taft School, Watertown, CT
            Artist-in-Residence, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME
2000    Visiting International Artist, Brasil Em Foco, São Paulo, Brazil

1992    M.F.A., Photography, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
1989    Certificate, Documentary Photography full-time program
            International Center of Photography, NYC
1985    B.A., American Studies, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 
            concentration in Math/Computer Science 

Professional Experience
2018-            Professor of Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2009-18        Associate Professor of Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2001-09        Assistant Professor of Art, Bowdoin College
2000-01        Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Bowdoin College
1994-2000    Instructor of Photography, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
1995-98        Instructor of Photography, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
1995             Instructor of Photography, University of California Extension, San Francisco, CA