Michael Seif

Copyright 2017 by Michael Seif. All rights reserved.

Michael Seif’s sensual swimmers, ... hold enough odd beauty in their familiarity ...  to make us see the extraordinary in common vistas.
wall space gallery, Seattle WA
 

Juror Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Awards
2016 Finalist, Critical Mass Photolucida.
         Invited member, LensCulture Network.
         Winner - Vintage Category, Black & White Magazine’s "Looking Back—Looking Forward."
2014 Jurors Award, "downtown," A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX.
         Honorable Mention, Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3).
2013 Shortlisted Artist, International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2012 2nd Place in Show, “Naturally Nude,” CIAO Gallery, Jackson, WY.
2011 Official Selection Nudes, Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3).
        Juror’s Choice Award “Then and Now: The Enduring Allure of Light in Photography,”
                   Juror Joel Meyerowitz, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA.
2009 1st Place in Show, “Naturally Nude,” CIAO Gallery, Wilson, WY.
2008   2nd Place Nudes, Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3).
          3rd Place Nudes, Public Choice Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3).
2007 Honorable Mention, “Weather,” Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA.
         3rd Place Black & White Photography, Juried Show, Duxbury Art Association, Duxbury, MA.
2006 Merit Award, “Black and White Magazine,” Two-page spread.

​​​​Selected Group Shows
2017   "Figures in Water," Dodho Magazine.

          "Grey Matter," The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, MA,  Curator Martha Wakefield.

          “23rd Annual Juried Show,” Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, Juror Hamidah Glasgow.
2016 “Flux: Picturing Change,” Online exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA,
                        Juror Liz Devlin, curator and creator of Flux Boston.
          CONNECT: A Curated Group Exhibition of LensCulture Network Photographers.
          “The Seven Seas,” Don’t Take Pictures Online Exhibit .
          “Animalia,” PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror Traer Scott.
          “15th National Prize Show,” Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA .
                       Juror Paul C. Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA.
           “Flight,” PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. Juror Laura Moya, Executive Director of Photolucida.
           “Contemporary Nude,” SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC.
                       Juror Bernard Gerson/Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY.
2015  “Early Summer 2015 Show,” New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME .
           “21st Annual Juried Show,” Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. Juror Jim Casper.
           “Black & White,” The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Juror Roy L. Flukinger.
           “Naked,” Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA. Curator Brett Henrikson.
           “14th National Prize Show,” Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA. In honor of Michael Rush.
           “Regarding Beauty,” The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Juror Kathleen Clark.
           “PhotographyNow,” Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA. Juror Stephen Tourlentes.
2014    "The Figure in Water," Shaw Jewelry Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME .
           "Primary Colors - Black and White," New Century Artists. New York, NY.
           “Flirt,” Motherbrook Arts and Community Center, Dedham, MA. Curator, Martha Wakefield.
           "Downtown" Exhibition, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX.
2013    “PhotoBooth,” Gallery 206, Amesbury, MA.
2012    “Water,” PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT.
           “Photography Atelier 16,” The Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA .
           “Women 360,” South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA . Curator, Andrea Rosenthal.
           “11th National Prize Show,” Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA.
                        Juror Clara Kim, Senior Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
           “Play,” A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Juror Angela Bacon-Kidwell.
           "Nude But Not Rude Art Exhibition," Linus Art Galleries, Pasadena, CA.
2011    “New England Photography Biennial 2011,” Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA ,
                       Juror, George Slade, Photographic Resource Center. Boston, MA.
           "Then & Now: The Enduring Allure of Light in Photography,” Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA ,
                      Juror Joel Meyerowitz .
            My N*de Valentine, Rogue Space, New York, NY.
            Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT , Juror Felice Frankel .
            “UNCLAD 2011,” Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, WA.
            “Nude 2011,” Exhibition at the Lexington Art League, Lexington KY.
2010    “Naturally Nude,” CIAO Gallery, Jackson, WY.
            “Motion,” The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO,
                      Juror Rich Clarkson, Dir. of Photography National Geographic.
            “New Directions 2010, Down+Out,” Seattle, WA and Portland, OR,
                      Juror Carol McCusker, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA .
           “Nude 2010,” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY.
2009     “Naturally Nude,” CIAO Gallery, Wilson, WY .
            “UNCLAD 2009!” Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, WA
            “Human Canvas,” The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO .
            “The Nude in Contemporary Art,” A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, NC.
            “Nude 2009,” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY.
2008     "Water/Light Interface” - Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME.
2007     “2007 National Photography Competition,” The Camera Club of NY,
                       Juror Larry Fink, Photographer & Professor of Photography, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY.
            “Weather,” Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA ,

                      Juror Karen Quinn, Assistant Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA .
            “Winter Juried Show,” Duxbury Art Association, Duxbury, MA,
                      Juror Jim Fitts, Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, M​A.


Solo and Featured Exhibitions
2013    “The Merry Naiads,” Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, Rockland, ME.
2012    “The Fluid Figure” Griffin Museum of Photography Stoneham Theater Gallery, Stoneham, MA.
2011    “Figures in Motion” Rocky Neck Gallery, Gloucester, MA.
2009     Three Person Show, New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME .
2008     “Embodiments,” Two-person Show, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA,
2006    “Water, Granite, Sunlight: Photographs of the Figure in Nature,” Solo Exhibit, Flash’s, Boston, MA.
2005    “The Nude in Nature,” Featured in New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME.
            “Four Places,” Solo Exhibit, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA.
2003    “1960s New York City,” Featured in New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME.
2002    “A Michael Seif Retrospective,” Solo Exhibit, Watertown Arts on the Charles, Watertown, MA.


Gallery Representation
New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME.
13Forest Gallery, Arlington, MA.

Education
Vertebrate Zoology, BS, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Advanced Science Writing Fellow, Columbia University School of Journalism, NYC
Atelier – Workshop at The Griffin Museum of Photography,
Intermediate Photography, Sandra Stark, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Human Landscape Workshop - Karin Rosenthal, Cape Cod Photo Workshops, N. Eastham, MA
Photography class - Lisette Model, New School for Social Research, New York, NY
Noted photographers lecture series - Diane Arbus, Ernst Haas, and others, NYC