Sheridan Prize for Art

The 2021 Sheridan Prize for Art Archive

RESUME
Michael Acker
ackermichael6@gmail.com
www.mca-studios.com
www.springsmuseum.org
P.O. Box 1959, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95416
541 357 2532

Biography
Born in New York City, raised in California and Oregon. Resides Sonoma County California.


Grants/Awards:
2021 Working Artist Purchase Award
2019 Bay Area Masters, Peninsula Museum of Art, Third Place 2d
2019 Gallery Route One Annual Juried Show, M. Louise Stanley juror
Award of Merit
2014 Palo Alto Art Center Residency, finalist
2013 Creative Capital-On Our Radar
2012 Left Coast Annual Juror’s Exhibition Award, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.
Michael Schwager, Juror
2011 Creative Capital, advanced to second round
2010 Pollok-Krasner Foundation grant
1992 California Works, Award of Merit
1994 SECA award semifinalist
1990 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant

Commissions/Competitions:.
2013 Aptos Blue public art, finalist, Watsonville, CA.
2010 “Water(ing) Logic(ally), Site-specific Garden Installation, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, CA.
2001 Fountain, Creekside Court, Berkeley, CA.
2000 Fountain, Bayer Corp, Berkeley, CA.

Solo Shows:
January 2020 Sonoma Library
October 2019 FOG Gallery, San Francisco
2018 Resident Artist Show, Sonoma Community Center
2016Alley Gallery, Sonoma, CA.
2013 Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.
2012 Sonoma community Center offices

Group Shows (selected)
2022 Gallery Route One Juried –Jack Fischer juror
2022 Marin Society of Artists, Artists Visions 2022 Jen Tough, juror
2021-Three Artist Show, FOG Gallery, San Francisco
2021 Slice, Pence Gallery, Davis CA. Faith J. McKinnie juror.
2021 Gallery Route One Annual Juried Show, curated by Donna Seager
2020 Fragments, Arch Gallery, San Francisco, curated by Jen Tough
2020 Rough Around the Edges, online, curated by Jen Tough
2019 Bay Area Masters, Peninsula Museum of Art, Award
2019 Gallery Route One Annual Juried Show, M. Louise Stanley juror
Award of Merit
2018 Ingenuity, sculpture/craft Marin Society of Artists
2017 Celebrate, Sonoma Arts Guild
2016 Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.
2015 Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.
2013 IMBY Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa
2012 Petaluma Arts Center, Digital Mixed Media
Joe Doyle, curator
2012 Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA. Michael Shwager juror. Juror’s Award
2012 Made In California, Brea Gallery, Brea, CA.
Rebecca Morse, juror
2011 Arts On Fire XV, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.
2011 Works on/of Paper, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto
2011 Gallery Route One Juried Show
2010 Mapworks, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA.
2009 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Biennale
Frances McCormack, Juror

Publications
Sonoma’s Fading Images of Highway 12, Boom- A Journal of California. August, 2017
https://boomcalifornia.com/2017/08/16/sonomas-fading-images-of-hwy-12/
By: Marion Greene, Boyes Springs Businesswoman. Journal of the Sonoma County Historical Society. 2021 Number 2
By: The Springs, Resort Towns of Sonoma Valley. Arcadia books, 2017.

Collections:
King County Washington Portable Collection
Simon Blattner
Kaiser Permanente

Special Projects:
2021-Sonoma Plaza History Project, 9 panel commission
2019 Juror, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art “Re-photography”
2018 Artist in Residence, Sonoma Community Center Fiber Arts Program
2017 Publication of Photo History of the Resorts of Sonoma Valley. Arcadia Publishing
2015 The Springs Museum of History, Art and Community-in progress
2010 Mural for the Sonoma Valley Grange


Education:
MFA, Sculpture, San Francisco State University

Online:
@michaelacker6
www.mca-studios.com
www.springsmuseum.org
www.valleyofthemoonmainstemproject.org/

Website URL:

http://www.mca-studios.com

User Statement

I construct my own version of reality in my work, combining and recombining images of my environment; sometimes “beautiful” images, sometimes the most mundane. To make a work of art, for me, is like a puzzle that I am simultaneously constructing and solving. I get this absurd sense of satisfaction when I finish a Sudoku or crossword puzzle. Puzzles are really pointless, aren’t they? But the point is the doing and the satisfaction. I also get a sense of satisfaction when I finish an artwork. Similarly absurd. The point is the doing, the seeing what happens. The point for the viewer, I hope, is seeing what, in fact, did happened. I hope you engage with the puzzle, trying to discover some of the possible solutions. I hope you engage with my interpretations of what we all see. I hope you are able to unravel the inherent mysteries of the newly created reality embodied in each work.