“His conundrum-loving pieces demonstrate that our need to know everything, quickly and clearly, is what ultimately keeps us in the dark—stubbornly unaware of the myriad mysteries that make everyday life captivating, enchanting, and worth contemplating, long into the future.”   David Pagel, art critic


Blog, Michael Bishop and Lynn Criswell
Lynn Criswell, Visual Artist
Galeri Nev, Istanbul

Solo Exhibitions
2014  Gallery Nev, Istanbul, Turkey, Catalog
2011  Skinner Howard Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, Catalog
2007  Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005  Snidle S.F. Projects, San Francisco, CA
2002  John Natsoulas, Davis, CA, Exhibition Catalog
2000 ‘97 ‘93  Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1998 ‘96 ‘94 ‘91 ‘88 ‘81  Joseph Chowning Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986  Museum of Art, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
1984  Redding Museum of Art, Redding, California
1976  Zara Gallery, San Francisco, California

Studio Awards & Commissions
2008  Art in Public Places Commission, City of Golden, CO
2004  National Endowment for the Arts, Community Projects Grant, J. M. Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2003  Chicago Ill. Navy Pier, Invited Artist, Outdoor One Year Exhibition
2003  California Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for the Visual Arts
2002  Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, Public Art, Sacramento, CA
2002  Art in Public Places Award, State of California
1999  Limn International Redevelopment Commission, Sacramento, CA
1990/91  Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, Public Art, Sacramento, CA

Fellowships & Residencies
2016  Artist Residency, Istanbul Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey
2015  Visiting Artist Residency Glass Casting, West Texas A & M, University, Amarillo, TX
2010-15  Visiting Artist Fellow, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey
2010-11  Fulbright Fellowship, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey
2005  Arts & Industry Residency, Kurtz GmbH, Wertheim, Germany
2004 ‘01  Kohler Arts & Industry Residency, Sheboygan, WI
2001  Residency, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
1985-86  Fulbright Fellowship, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016  “Cam Ocağı Exhibition,” Tophane-i Amire, Istanbul, Turkey
2014  Collaboration & Revelation, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2012  Fukushima Biennale, Fukushima, Japan
2011  “The Pacific Rim Meets Istanbul,” Sabancı Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2008  “The Moment At Hand,” John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2005  “Kunst und Kultur bei Kurtz,” Lynn Criswell & Michael Bishop, Kurtz GmbH, Wertheim, Germany, Exhibition Catalog
1996  “New Acquisitions,” R. Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA
1996  “INDEX 17 California Artists,” Merging One, Santa Monica, CA
1995  “Art & Survival,” Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
1994  “From The di Rosa Foundation,” Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1994  “Objects & Subjects, Michael Bishop & Lynn Criswell,” The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA
1992  “California Narrations,” Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium
1990  “California Eccentrics,” University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
1989  “Artists/Educators,” San Francisco Airport Commission, San Francisco CA
1987  “West Coast Artist,” Myra Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1986  “Homage to Joseph Beuys,” German Embassy, Izmir, Turkey
1984  “Michael Bisho & David Best-Car plays,” The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Periodicals
Capital Public Radio, Michael Bishop – Alhambra Public Art Project, 2016
Sacramento Bee, “Pieces From A Puzzling World,” Michael Bishop at Skinner/Howard, by Victoria Dalkey, September 2011
San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Fettered Desire,” by Lindsey Westbrook, Museums & Galleries, September 9, 1998
Athenaeum, Volume 17, Number 2, “Objects and Subjects,” by Marie Horne, March/April 1994
Stern Magazin, “Ein Gepflegter Spleen,” by Sibylle Zehle, November 1991
Los Angeles Times, “Exploring The Myth Of The Automobile,” by Dan Sullivan, September 3, 1984
New York Times, “Los Angeles Festival Is A Vehicle For Cars,” by Stephen Faber, September 4, 1984
Associated Press Wire Service, “Artist To Create Special Car During Carplays,” by Jackie Hyman, August 26, 1984

Selected Collections
Kurtz Holding GmbH & Co., Wertheim, Germany
Karstadt GmbH, Essen, Germany
G, Samanti GmbH, Florence, Italy
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Kurtz Shanghai Ltd., Shanghai, China
di Rosa Foundation, Napa Valley, CA
Thurston Twigg-Smith Foundation, Honolulu, HI
Kohler Corporation, Kohler Village, WI

Visiting Lecturer
2015  Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA
2011  Sakıp Sabancı Mardin City Museum, Turkey
2009  Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA
2002 ‘05  Academy of Fine Arts, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
2001  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2001  Institut de Formation aux Métiers du Bâtiment, Fès, Morroco
1999  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, A. Calder Lecturer, San Francisco, CA
1995  Cornish College of the Arts, Lecturer, Seattle, WA
1993  State University of New York, Lecturer, New Paltz, NY
1986  United States Information Agency, Panel, Ankara, Turkey
1985  The Wiesbaden Sculpture Group, Wiesbaden, Germany
1983  Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Lecturer, Monterey, CA

1966-68  California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
1967  B.A. Hrs. CSU East Bay, Mathematics/Studio Art, Hayward, CA
1978  M.F.A. Hrs. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA