Michael Goro

ELP artist in residence July–December 2009

Statement

My art is a continuous creative search for raw authenticity in urban environments and human forms that are constantly changing. Individuals change as they experience life and cities develop and/or decay through time. People and places have history and experience. Cities are weathered by time and through use, taking on a personality of their own from the people and the elements that have interacted with them. It is a combination of all of these factors that creates authenticity. Looking for subject matter I find simple things that we see every day, things that become symbolic once they are taken out of context. I experiment with the juxtaposition of places, faces, and architectural designs that reflect my diverse personal experiences. My story is a vivid illustration of the end of the last century – a time of deconstruction, discontinuity, and dislocation.

I find that black-and-white prints convey contradictory images better than any other medium by reducing them to the most basic color contrast. My work provides the full spectrum of techniques ranging from renaissance engraving to digital photogravure.

Education

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, MFA in printmaking

International awards

  • Guanlan International Print Prize, 2nd Guanlan International Print Biennial 2009
    Guanlan Print Orginial Indrustry Base, Shenzhen, China, 2009
  • Purchase Prize, 15th SPACE Internaional Print Biennial_Seoul,
    Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, 2009
  • Fourth Prize, The 7th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints
    Ino-cho Paper Museum, Ino-cho Kochi-ken, Japan, 2008
  • Excellent Prize, The 14th Seoul_Space International Print Biennial
    Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea, 2006
  • Special Recognition Award, Watermark 99, Studio 107, Whiteville, North Carolina, 1999
  • Special Prize, International Print Triennial in Kanagawa’98
    Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Yokohama, Japan, 1998
    6800 works from 79 countries were submitted for the show

Selected exhibitions

2009

  • 2nd Guanlan International Print Biennial 2009 [guanlan international print prize], Guanlan Print Orginial Indrustry Base, Shenzhen, China
  • 15th SPACE Internaional Print Biennial_Seoul [purchase prize], Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • IX edition of the International Biennial of Engraving ‘Premio Acqui’ [finalist], International Biennial Association for Engraving in Acqui Terme, Italy
  • IMPRINT 2008, a Selection from the Competition Exhibition, State Museum in Bialystok, Bialystok, Poland

2008

  • The 7th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints [fourth prize], Ino-cho Paper Museum, Ino-cho Kochi-ken, Japan
  • Kulisiewicz International Graphic Arts Triennial IMPRINT 2008, Place of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland
  • Art of Democracy, Loyola Univercity Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago, Illinois, USA

2007

  • 9th International Biennial ‘The Masters of Drawing and Graphic Art’ [by invitation only], Municipal Museum of Art in Gyor, Hungary
  • PRINT- Internationale Grafiktriennale Krakau – Oldenburg – Wien 2007, Künstlerhaus, Vienna
  • Brush and Needle, Prints and Paintings by Mat Barber Kennedy and Michael Goro, MBK Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • INK Works from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest, Illinois

2006

  • Anchors of Identity, Recent work by Michael Goro, Vespine Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • The 14th Seoul_Space International Print Biennial [Exellent Prize], Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 3rd LUC Print Biennial Competition, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Chicago Show: Tracks, Cable, Sky and Lake, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, Illinois

2005

  • Urban Landscape, Recent work by Michael Goro, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, Illinois
  • 16th Annual Small Print Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, Illinois
  • Printmaker [Exhibition of Contemporary Chicago Printmakers], 4art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • The 4th Triennial International Book & Paper Arts, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

2004

  • Triennale Krakau – Oldenburg, Horst Janssen Museum, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Faculty Show, Bill Parks Gallery, American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois

2003

  • International Print Triennial Krakov 2003 [main exhibition], Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow, Poland
  • International Print Triennial Krakov 2003, Palace of Art TPSP, Krakow, Poland
  • Triennial 100 Cities 2001-2003, Traveling exhibition visiting 100 cities in Europe including Poland, Germany and Italy
  • 2003 Annual International Fine Art Exhibition, Fraser Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • 23rd Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink Artlink, Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Living Art 3 Gallery 37, Chicago, Illinois
  • Faculty Show, Bill Parks Gallery, American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois

2002

  • Zeichen der Gegenwart, Vienna Art Center Gallery, Vienna, Austria
  • 13th Annual Small Prints Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Exhibition, Mars Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • Intergrafia-World Award Winners Gallery (re-exposition), International Print Society Krakow, Torun City Museum, Torun, Poland

2001

  • Triennial 100 Cities 2001-2003, Traveling exhibition visiting 100 cities in Europe including Poland, Germany and Italy

2000

  • International Print Triennial Krakov 2000, International Print Society Krakow, Krakow, Poland2000
  • World Award Winners Gallery ‘Intergrafia’ Katowice 2000, Katowice, Poland
  • World Award Winners Gallery ‘Intergrafia’ Czestochowa 2000, Czestochowa, Poland

1999

  • 71st Annual Juried Exhibition 1999, Juror, Feresheh Daftari, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Notes From Underground International Art Exhibition, London, UK
  • Works on Paper: Prints, Drawings, Collage, Juror, Michael Miller, Chairman of Printmaking Department, Art Institute of Chicago, The Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 49th Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, Illinois
  • Watermark 99, Juror, Jack Pinkerton, Studio 107, Whiteville, North Carolina
  • 19th Annual National Print Competition at Artlink, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 12th Annual McNeese National Works On Paper Exhibition, Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Michael Goro Prints and Drawings (solo show), Illini Union Gallery, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • 15th National Exhibition, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Los Angeles Print Making Society, Los Angeles, California
  • Another View: Selected Works from Contemporary American Printmakers, Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, California
  • 73rd Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1999 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Campus Center Gallery, Hilo, Hawaii

1998

  • Twenty-Third Annual Juried Fine Arts Competition, Jurors, Tracey Bashkoff, Curator, Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.C. Smithtown Township Arts Council, Mills Pond House, St. James, New York
  • Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • International Print Triennial in Kanagawa’98, Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Yokohama, Japan
  • Americas 2000 All Media Competition, Northwest Art Center, Minot, North Dakota
  • Mid-Atlantic Small Print Exhibition, Juror, Eric Denker, Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Nude/naked an Examination of the Human Form, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 18th Annual National Print Competition at Artlink, Department of Art, Indiana State University, Artlink, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Prints and Printmakers 1998 National Juries Exhibition at FACET, Fine Art Center en Taos, Taos, New Mexico
  • Sixth International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, No. Carolina

1997

  • 13th North Shore Art League Midwest Print Show, Edward Crown Center, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1995

  • Michael Goro, Works by the Students, Sego Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

1994

  • Two Artists Exhibition, The Loge Gallery, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

1993

  • Four Artists Exhibition, Round Door Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah