Michael Martin is an artist and teacher who specializes in photography. After serving for six years as Academic Dean, he recently stepped down from teaching as an Associate Professor of Digital Arts at Cogswell College in San Jose, California. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He is based in Berlin, London, and in San Jose, California. Mostly San Jose.

Michael’s community work includes Board President of WORKS/San Jose Gallery, the City of Santa Clara Cultural Advisory Commission, and most recently Chair of the San Jose Arts Commission, where he was also member of the nationally recognized Public Art Committee and the San Jose Mineta Airport Art Program Oversight Committee.


Recent Exhibitions

2017 FLOW PhotoFest Open Competition, Inverness, Scotland
The Quiet Landscape, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury VT
The Art of Living Photography, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Reflect and Engage, The Image Flow Gallery. Mill Valley, CA
Head On Portrait Prize, Semi Finalist. Head On Photo Festival. Sydney, Australia
Punctum. PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungry
Portraiture: Mirror Mirror. Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
inside@instagram, Onomato Künstlerverin, Düsseldorf PhotoWeekend, Düsseldorf, Germany

Focus Photo l.a., SU16 First Runner UpLos Angeles, CA
Photo Shoot: 2016. Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
The Curated Fridge at Photoville 2016. (Juror, Aline Smithson). Brooklyn, NY
Focus Photo l.a., First Runner Up. Berlin Art WeekBerlin, Germany
Public Spaces featured in Fruitlands Zine issue 2 Space. June 2016
Top 40 Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Framed: Landscape and ArchitectureBlack Box Gallery, Portland OR
Public Spaces featured in Ignant Magazine, May 2016
Public Spaces featured in issue 12, The Hand Magazine. April 2016
Pollux Awards (Finalist). International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. Berlin, Germany

Landscape: Photography Now. Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
Public Spaces profiled in PhotoArtMag Magazine. November 2015
Color Photography: A Picture Show. Black Box Gallery, Portland OR
Exposed. Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Public Spaces featured in It's Nice That Magazine. October 2015
Oddity. (Juror's Choice Award, by Oliver Wasow), Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT
Public Spaces featured in Dodho Magazine. October 2015
H2O. Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Through a Lens Curious. Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

Blue. Darkroom Gallery. Essex Junction, VT
Focus: Landscape and Architecture. Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
Electron Salon. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Landscape: Looking at PhotographyBlack Box Gallery, Portland, OR
ArrayBerkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
New Color Photography. Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

Journeys. Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
Electron Salon. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Beasts on Broadway. Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
Risk. Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Cogswell Polytechnical College
Associate Professor, Digital Arts and Animation  1996 - 2016
Dean of the College  2006 - 2013
Prior ranks include Adjunct, Assistant Professor, Digital Arts Program Director, Associate Dean.
Subjects include digital media, design and photography. 

Community Service
California Arts Council, Grant Review Panelist, Artists in Schools Engagement Program. Sacramento, CA. 2017
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASSC) Interim Report Committee. Alameda, CA 2013 - 2016
San Jose Arts Commissioner, City of San Jose, CA. 2006 - 2013
Public Art Committee, Airport Art Program Oversight Committee.

Master of Fine Arts, Photography, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA  1988
Honours Exchange Program, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England  1987
Bachelor of Arts, Art, Magna Cum Laude, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA  1984