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I'm an artist, designer, fabricator with the passion to bring unusual innovation into the world. 



1995 M.F.A. New Genre, University of California, Los Angeles

1992 B.F.A. Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)

1984 A.A. Electronics, Orange Coast College


Academic Positions

2006 - Present Associate Professor School of Art  / Tenure - University of Georgia

2017-present ArtX: Expanded Forms Chair
2001 - 2006 Assistant Professor School of Art - University of Georgia
1999 - 2001 Assistant Professor School of Art - Florida State University

1995- 1997 Graduate Assistant UCLA for Diana Thater, Joan Jonas, Paul McCarthy

2001 - 2009 ArtX Founder and Chair - University of Georgia

2005 Graduate Faculty Status - University of Georgia


Professional Experience

2017 - present Art Director / Founder - Oktopus Brewing Company LLC, Amelia Island FL

2015 - present Owner / Designer - Michael Oliveri Surf LLC, Athens GA

2009 - present Co-owner / Designer- Box for the Birds, Athens GA

2006 - present Owner / Designer - Michael Oliveri Studio LLC , Athens GA

2006 - present   Designer /Project Manager - for artist, musician Michael Stipe, Athens GA

1999 - 2000 Creative Director -Wire Break; a Web Start-Up - Venice CA

1996 - 1998 Designer/ Fabricator -Transportation FX, Moorpark CA
1993 - 1999 Art director, Scenic, Decorator, Carpenter-

Freelance Film Industry, Los Angeles CA

1987-1989 Art Department Disneyland, Anaheim CA.

1987 Bronze Casting Apprentice to Dallas Anderson- Crystal Cathedral, Anaheim CA

1985 - 1987 Owner/graphic designer Surf Asylum, Huntington Beach CA

1984- 1985 Otis Elevator, Los Angeles CA


Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Teaching & Research Programs

2009 - 2015  Faculty Discover Abroad UGA  Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Bali Indonesia.

Developed and implemented a studies abroad program Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment combining interdisciplinary art with anthropology, ecology, and geology.

Interdisciplinary Research Projects

2015- present  Design Thinking: Art, Engineering, Business, Landscape Architecture

2009 - 2015   Center for Ultrastructural Research at UGA: I used a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to photograph my gold plated insect assemblages making digitally stitched large format prints, varying from 4’ to 8’ in scale. They are widely published and exhibited.


2011  Scripts Institute Artist in residence off the coast of Brazil aboard the research vessel Melville for a three week scientific exploration on climate warming. In the extreme darkness of the ocean nights, I used long exposure photography to create my series ‘Drawings from Jupiter’.  I also redesigned some of their scientific data collecting tools, and was the resident documentarian while shadowing Dr Patricia Yager, the project director.


2007- 2009  “Innerspace” with Dr Zhengwei Pan from Nanotechnology department at UGA.  Dr Pan’s lab creates proprietary nano structures; samples too small to see without powerful equipment. I was given access to scan the samples and created large scale landscape photographs where the nano world for a moment gave the illusion of being recognizable. The prints have been in many gallery and museum exhibitions with articles appearing in both art and scientific journals. My education outreach collaboration contributed to Dr Pan receiving a NSF Career Award for $592,870 for continued work in his lab.

Courses Designed and Taught

< 6000  Undergraduate Courses

> 6000  Graduate Courses



Hypermedia  ARST2810

A combination of theory and practice in contemporary art and creative professions. As a studio course, the study of contemporary pop culture and its use of modern devices for creative expression will take place through both lecture and studio activity.


Transmedia  ARST3800

Conceptual methods of visual thinking found in New Media, focusing on time-based media, performance, installation, and computer generated imaging. This course encourages the thoughtful engagement in complex ideas through visual application, not limited to any single configuration or vocabulary of art.


CAD and Fabrication ARST3810

The first part of a comprehensive exploration of computer-aided design and fabrication from concept development and digital modeling through rapid prototyping processes. Using CAD software and state-of-the-art CNC machining, students are able to build detailed models and fabricate finished objects out of a variety of materials.


Digital Video I  ARST3830

This is a basic production course in video as a medium for artistic expression. Students learn the skills working with digital video equipment and non-linear editing systems. Strategies for using video as an art-making tool are explored. Contemporary video artists are viewed and discussed.


ARST3850 Interactive Art I

Exploration of realtime interactive audio-visual/mechanical systems in the service of art. Students create, control, effect, and transform digital media in realtime using custom hardware and software


Internet Art  ARST3860

Examination of the current state of artistic practice on the Internet and facilitation of the production of new works for networked audiences. The course consists of concurrent research and studio components joined by critical theory.


Special Topics in Art and Technology  ARST 4800

For upper-level undergraduate and graduate students who are working within expanded forms of installation, video, sound, performance, and interactive electronic arts. Students are expected to work independently setting their own projects and goals. The class combines theory, studio, critique, and discussion.


CAD Fabrication  ARST 4810

Aspects of computer aided design and CNC fabricating. Utilization of state-of-the-art fabrication facilities: haptic sensible technology, 3D stereo thermojet lithographic printing, and our 3-axis CNC router.


Exit Studio   ARST 4820

This studio course facilitates the development of a cohesive body of work for an exit exhibition. Research, creation, and presentation of an exhibition will be required for graduation. Students will also work on a portfolio with a written statement and visual documentation as preparation for professional activities and/or graduate school


Digital Media II  ARST 4830

Introduction to more sophisticated processes in video production and post production. Further refinement of digital editing techniques and visual effects are covered. Storyboards, scripting, and content are emphasized. The class views, reads, and discusses significant contemporary works and related critical writings.


Interdisciplinary Art ARST 4840

An advanced course exploring and researching various topics in art through interdisciplinary methods.


Interactive Art II  ARST 4850

An advanced course in real time interactive audio-visual/mechanical systems.

Video Installation  ARST 4860

Combination of studio practice and research with critiques of student work to examine the vernacular and practices of video installation. Students experiment with single and multi-channel video as monitor displays, projections, and/or part of larger scale projects. Site specific concerns of private/public space, narrative, identity, reception, and aesthetics will be the basis for discussion.


Web Site Design for Artists  ARTS 4870/6870

Web site design for professional artists, reviewing historic and contemporary models. Addresses site creation from the ground up, examining best practices and strategies for successful design and management for portfolio and works created specifically for the internet.


Directed Study in Digital Media  ARST4880

Individual studio projects and investigation of specific problems under the direction of faculty members.


Directed Study in Art and Design  ARST4980/6980

Individual studio projects investigating specific problems under the direction of faculty members.


Special Topics in Art and Technology  ARST 3840/ 4840 /6800  

Below are individual courses taught:

-Interdisciplinary studies abroad courses co- taught with Photography, Sustainability/Ecology and Anthropology.

-Design Thinking (Moonshot) with the Business, Engineering, Law and Landscape departments.

-matching  art students with non-art faculty to assist in visual communication of whatever NSF funded initiative the faculty were working on.

-"Art or Revolution" the study and practice of revolutions and propaganda through graphic design and art happenings.

- "Truth or Dare" Course on fake news, conspiracy and phenomenology.

-"The Million Dollar class" an attempt to raise a million dollars in one semester. Through any means possible.

-" The Bulldog inn show" Students take over of a mid century motel with art installations.


Interstitial Art   ARST7800

Interstitial art refers to any work of art whose basic nature falls between, rather than within, the familiar boundaries of accepted genres or media, thus making the work difficult to easily categorize or describe within a single artistic discipline. Emphasis is placed on students developing original research projects.


Interdisciplinary Collaborative Art   ARST7840

Exploration and research of various topics using collaborative interdisciplinary methods that conjoin the fields such as literature, engineering, physics, and theater in collaborative teams. Encourages the thoughtful engagement of complex ideas through visual application, not limited to any single configuration or vocabulary of art. Collaborative teaching, visiting lecturers, and field trips create the dynamic learning environment.


Directed Study in Art X: Expanded Forms  ARST7880

Individual studio projects and investigation of specific problems under the direction of faculty members.


University Service

Long Term Service to UGA and LDSOA

2013 - Present Member of Climate and Society here at UGA
2014 - Present Member of EHub Entrepreneur society at UGA

2001-2009 ArtX Area Chair


Short Term Service to UGA and LDSOA

2014 Willson Center Research Fellowship Committee

2013 Faculty Search Committee Discover Abroad

2014 - 2015 Scholarship Committee

2013 - 2014 Post Tenure Committee
2012 - 2013 Post Tenure Committee
                      Photo Lecture Search Committee
2011 - 2012 Scholarship Committee

2010 - 2011 Scholarship Committee
                      Foundations Search committee

2009 - 2010 Evaluation Advisory Committee

2008 - 2009 Governance Committee

                      Curriculum Committee

                      Computer Committee

2007 - 2008 Curriculum Committee

                     Computer Committee
                     School Advisory Committee

2006 - 2007 Computer Committee
                      School Advisory Committee
                      Portfolio Committee

2006 Nasad Report

Professional Service

2004 – 2007 Art papers Board of Advisors


2003-present External Review Promotion and Tenure

2008-2016 Bulldog Inn Annual Exhibition

2009 Simone Paterson, School of Visual Arts Virginia Tech

2006 Amy Youngs Ohio State University

Design / Consultation Art and Fabrication Projects

2017   Paper Cut Project

2015 - present   Sons of Sawdust

2014 “The Ponce City Market Place”:  Rooftop Design Atlanta GA

2008- present Waseca Biomes: International Montessori Classroom furniture and learning materials

2005- present Designer /Project Manager - for artist, musician Michael Stipe, Athens GA


Design Products  for sale

2017 Brass Cast Table Legs

2016 MOS Surfboard Shaping Tools, LINEUP TOOL

2016 MOS Desk Puzzle

2015 MOS Surfboard Shaping Tools- VARI-RAD,

2015 MOS Motorized Skateboard

2015 Montessori Furniture...
2014 MOS Surfboard Shaping Tools- CLAWLIPER, SYZERS, RAILIZER

2014 ADD Cigarette Litter receptacle ADD collaborative (design patent)
2013/14 MOS Fuck Rulers
2013/2014 MOS UFO Lamp
2013 MOS Camera Strap
2013 MOS The Smallet Wallet
2013 MOS The Superbox
2012 MOS Butterfly Lamps
2010 MOS  Bendz bookends
2009 MOS Box for the Birds
2008 ADD Cigarette Litter receptacle ADD collaborative
2006 ADD  Blazberry Highway Bus shelter ADD collaborative


Solo Exhibitions

2017 UFO Roadshow, Dashboard Gallery,  Joshua Tree CA

2015 Under the Sun, Gallery Protocal, Gainesville Florida
2015 Still Life Images of the Dead, Micrographs, Georgia College, Milledgeville GA
2012 Looking for Light, The Glass Cube, The Indigo Gallery, Athens GA
2010 Innerspace the BIO works, Twin Kittens, Atlanta GA
2010 Muchas Gracias, Athens Cine, Athens GA
2008 Innerspace, Permaculture and UFO’s, Cheekwood Museum, Nashville TN

2008 Innerspace, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA
2007 E-Scaping the Grid, Grand Center, St Louis MO
2007 Hydrocarbons, Young Harris College Art Gallery, Young Harris GA
2006 Ultraviolet Acquiescence & Deep Space Drip Culture, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh

2005 UV Hydrocarbon, Music Midtown, Atlanta Ga
2004 Fast Food Hydrocarbons and Waves in Outer Space, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta Ga

1994 El Pollo Doh Loco, Crossing Gallery, Los Angeles CA
1994 Soundscapes, Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica CA
1992 Cage’n Fish, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA
1991 Reverse Skinner Box, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA

Group Exhibitions

2015 Dash Initial, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans LA

2015 NEW YORK NOW design fair, Javits Center, Karen Alweil Studio, NY NY

2015 Gallery, Fresno State, Fresno CA

2014 LA Wood, Arena1 Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2013/14 Design Fair Atlanta, Los Angeles, NYC Karen Alweil Studio
2013 Temporal Distortions, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg VA

2013 Photo Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais , Paris France

2013 Artist Invitational Consumption & Sustainability, Fresno State University, Fresno CA

2013 Annual Invitational, Conley Galley, California State University, Fresno CA
2012 Here & There, Nano Prints, Classic Center Galleries, Athens GA

2012 “Drawings from Jupiter”The Indigo Gallery, Athens, GA

2012 “Drawings from Jupiter” The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Gwinnett GA

2012 Live/Work Twin Kittens, Atlanta GA
2009 Darwin, Innerspace series, Schatten Gallery Emory University, Atlanta GA

2009 Photos Summer Group show, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago IL
2008 Innerspace 2 and 64 Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago IL
2008 Innerspace 4, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta GA
2008 Fractal Geometric Valley, ACP, Atlanta GA
2008 Innerspace, The Sovereign, Atlanta GA
2008 Art Papers Art Auction, Atlanta GA
2007 Power Ball 9, The Power Plant, Toronto Canada
2007 Art Papers Art Auction, Atlanta GA
2007 Design Rally 07, Athens GA
2007 Nano structures un-structured, UGA Georgia Center, Athens, GA
2005 Scope, Art Papers, Miami, FL
2005 Switch, Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA
2005 VIBE Summer ‘05 Simultaneous Video Screenings, Chicago, Liverpool, Manchester

2004 Art, Technology & the Future, Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee, FL

2004 Spring Season Show, Still Smoking & Happy, Monkeytown, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY

2004 Picante, Still Smoking and Happy, El Pollo Doh Loco, Athica, Athens Ga

2004 Ecotopia, Hydrocarbons on Mars 1 w/ cultures, Lump Gallery, Raleigh NC

2004 Filling Up/Spilling Out, Still Smoking and Happy, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary  Art, Palm Beach FL

2004 Permanent showcase, Hydrocarbons on Mars, Limn Gallery, San Francisco CA

2004 Glass, Hydrocarbons on Mars, California State University Fresno, Fresno CA

2004 Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee FL – Lens Table

2003 Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee FL, EGEN, Magic Mushroom, Light Island

2003 Videos: Implants, Architecture and Wishful Thinking, Remax, Strategies in Waiting, Titicutly Stamping Nauman, California State University Fresno, Fresno CA

2003 The Canal Street Projection Project, Still Smoking & Happy, New Orleans LA

2003 A Shot In The Dark, Remax/ Strategies in Waiting, The Contemporary, Atlanta GA

2002 Art Basel, TBC2, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, Miami Beach FL

2002 Fine Craft Make a Home, TBC1, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens GA

2002 DesignX: Critical Reflections, Courting Installation, Florida State University Museum,  Tallahassee FL

2002 Sensory Overload, Mouse & Polar Bear 3, 10-minute tac-tic 2, Lyndon House Art Center,  Athens GA

2002 Digigraphical, Titicutly Stamping Nauman, University of Georgia Main Gallery, Athens GA

2002 Armory Show, Acoustic Mole 3, Rhona Hoffman Gallery Chicago IL, Pier 90 NYC

2001 Impact, 10-minute tac-tic, Acoustic Mole2, Still Smoking and Happy, GA Museum of Art,

2001 Sound and Complexity, 64 frames per second, Acoustic Mole 1, Classified2, Plan B Performing Arts, SantaFe, NM

2001 Faculty Show, The Kiss, The adventures of Gwendaline, Still Smoking & Happy, FSU  Museum, Tallahassee, FL

2000 Havana Biennale, Havana 2K, Havana Cuba
2000 Van Gogh’s Ear, 10-minute tac-tic, Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee FL

2000 Works on a yellow legal pad, Beyond Baroque, Venice CA
2000 Tres Amigos, 64 frames per second, Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee FL

1999 Gartner No.1, Gartner Studios, Santa Monica CA

1998 Sound, Don’t Touch, Ear Muffs, Joker D, Santa Ana Collage main gallery Santa Ana, CA
1998 Beyond the Matter of Space, Big Ideas in a Small Room, Life Support System, BB Gallery, Venice, CA

1997 Malibu Sex Party, A Perfect Picture, Purple Gallery, Venice CA

1995 Eat or be Eaten/Painting not Painting, Mice & Polar Bears,Anderson Gallery, Buffalo NY

1995 Graduate Show, Mouse & Polar Bear, UCLA at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA

1994 Poetic Devices, Sound Effects, Brea Municipal Gallery, Brea CA

1992 The Far Bazaar, Reverse Skinner Box 2, Los Angeles CA


Current Professional Representation

2014- Present Dashboard Coop, Atlanta GA

2013- Present Karen Alweil Studio, Los Angeles CA


Selected Presentations  and Panels

2014 Society for Photographic Education, Intersection of art and science, Transforming Scientific Data  into Visual Metaphors

2013 Consumption and Sustainability Lecture, Fresno State University, Fresno CA

2012 Guest speaker, Architecture Department, Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA

2010 Honors Student Lecture UGA

2010 Architecture Department, Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA

2010 American Chemical Society, Atlanta GA

2010 Oberlin College Chemistry Department

2009  Curo Lecture UGA

2009 Society for Photographic Education, Nanoscapes, Southeast conference Atlanta GA

2009 Georgia Tech Nano Technology Department, Atlanta GA

Honors, Awards & Grants

2012 - 2013  The M. G. Michael Award  Dean’s Office
2013 Award Certificate Graduate Career Development

2012  Virginia Mary Macagnoni Prize for Excellence in Teaching Willson Center
2012- 2013   Willson Center Faculty Research Fellowship  Willson Center
2008-2009 Willson Center Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Georgia Campus in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica

2005-2006 Learning Technologies Grant for Rotokinetics RK5450 Rotocaster

2001-2002 Learning Technologies Grant for Cam-Tech Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) and Router Table (52X102)


Art Reviews and Publications
Kaitlin Kent, “Art Un Xplained” The Red & Black January 25 2015

Alexis Leima, “Professor eyes Liabilities” in Art” The Red & Black August  19, 2014
Michele Fossi, “Piccole Incognite” Vogue Italia, October 2014 page 96, 2 Images
Atlanta Celebrates Photography Catalog 1 image Oct 2010
François Lassagne, Une Nouvelle Vision de la Science, Science & Vie Nano Technology the Invisible Revolution Dec 12, 2010 Images on pages 144-150
3D SEM image, Young Foxy and Free, Athens, GA 2010
Kaushik Patowary, “Landscapes from the nano world” Amusing Planet, January 15, 2009
Susan Reslewic, “It’s a Mountain…It’s a Mushroom…It’s a Nanostructure!”,, Dec 5 2008
Susan F. Locke, “Six Images of Nano-scale Worlds, Scientific American, December 29, 2008
Ivan Amato, “Post Cards from Innerspace”, Chemical & Engineering News, November 24 2008
Maria Browning, “Microscopic Landscapes and extraterrestrial gardens”, Nashville Scene, October 29 2008
Helen Fostgate, “Tiny Landscapes of Unseen Worlds”, UGA Research Magazine, Fall 2008
Beth Sale,”Designing a New Reality” Flagpole, April 2007
Ann B. Doran, “Art around the Corner” Union Sentinel, March 2007
Julie Phillips, “Athens Design Developement combines creativity with community” Athens Banner Herald, Marque Cover, April 2007
Carol Vansickle, “The Hypotheses of Hope” Practical Hydroponics, November/December 2006 cover & pg34-40
Carol Vansickle, “Ultraviolet Acquiescence and Deep Space Drip Culture” Growing Edge, November/December 2006 Cover & pg7, 34-37
Gene 13, “Hydro Art” Buzz Section, Hightimes December 2006, pg13
Kurt Shaw, “Future Now”, Pittsburgh Tribune, July 16 2006
Jennie Klien, “Weird Science”, Art Papers January/February 2006 pg19,20,21 and cover, Michael Oliveri Installation, July 2004
Melissa Link, “Vibrant Impact”, Athens Banner Herold, Athens GA July 8, 2004
Catherine Fox, “Outer space, inner workings” The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta GA July 4, 2004
Jody Servon, “Boundaries of the Body: Filling Up/Spilling Out” NY Arts Magazine, New York NY July 3, 2004
Felicia Feaster, “Science fact or fiction” Creative loafing, Atlanta GA July 1, 2004
Marty Berry, “3 men and an art show” The Fresno Bee, Fresno CA, Dec 22, 2003
Andisheh Nouraee, “Videos, VD and the suckmaster II”, Creative Loafing, Atlanta GA Feb 19, 2003
Catherine Fox, “Taking their best shot at creativity” Atlanta Journal Constitution, February 14, 2003
Mary Jessica Hammes, “Art at home”, Athens Banner Herold, Jan 01, 2003
Gail Rubini, Keith Roberson, “DesignX: critical reflections”, Florida State University, Oct 11, 2002
Julie Powell, “Challenging the movement potential”, Athens Banner Herold, Feb 28, 2002
Mary Jessica Hammes, “Art that makes you feel”, Athens Banner Herold, Athens GA, June 19, 02
Mary Jessica Hammes, “ An exhibit from the teachers”, Athens Banner Herold, Dec 27, 2001
Nikita Strom, “Blinding You with Science” The Alibi V.10 No.33 Santa Fe NM, Aug 16, 2001
Jon Carver, “Critical Reflections”, THE Magazine, Santa Fe, NM, August 2001
Craig Smith, “Examining”, The New Mexican, Santa Fe NM, July 13, 2001
Bruce Hanley, “Malibu Sex Party, Reviews”, Art Forum February 1998 pg 98
Susan Kandel, “Chickens, Pollo-Doh in Oliveri’s Tender hearted Anarchy” The Los Angeles Times Dec 1994
Carmine Iannaccone, “Art Issues, reviews” Los Angeles January 1994
David Pagel, “The Sound of Art”, The Los Angeles Times, November 6 1993


Design Reviews and Publications

In-Style magazine Gift Guide “You Rule” ruler December 2014

Tory Johnson, “Eco-Friendly Gear for Spring” Good Morning America Aired April 19 2012

O Magazine “Favorite Things” 2007