Degree(s): BA, Rice University, 1981; MA, London Guildhall Hall University; PhD, Middlesex University
VADA Concentration: Studio
Rice Graduation Year: 1981
Michael Petry is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist, and co-director of the Museum of Installation, London. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and has lived in London since 1981. Petry is the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London, and the curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery. In addition to temporary exhibitions and installations at several museums and galleries, such as the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Petry’s works are included in public collections throughout the world including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Toledo Museum of Art, the British Museum, London; The National Collection, UK, the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublick Deutschland, Bonn, the Bellerive Museum, Zurich, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway, The Gallery of Art, Legnica, Poland and the Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany. Petry co-authored "Installation Art" (1994), and Installation Art in the New Millennium (2003), for Thames & Hudson and authored Abstract Eroticism (1996) and A Thing of Beauty is... (1997) for Academy Editions, part of John Wiley & Sons. The Trouble with Michael, a monograph of his current artistic practice was published by ArtMedia Press in 2001. Petry’s current book Hidden Histories: 20th Century Same Sex Male Lovers in the Visual Arts (2004) is the first comprehensive survey of its kind, and accompanies the exhibition Hidden Histories he curated for The New Art Gallery Walsall. His current book Golden Rain Volumes I & II is part of his exhibition of the same name for Ha gample prestegard's exhibition "On the Edge" for Stavanger 2008, European City of Culture. An e-version of the complete book is free to download from the On the Edge site. His work features in the new "Contemporary Glass" book by Black Dog Publishing.