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

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


Professional Experience


2017 - 2019                  Creative Director / Founder - Mocama Brewing Company LLC, Amelia Island FL

2015 - present             Owner / Designer –, Laguna Beach CA

2009 - 2019                  Owner / Designer- Box for the Birds, Athens GA

2006 - present             Owner / Designer - Michael Oliveri Studio LLC, Laguna Beach Ca

2006 - 2019                  Project Manager / Fabricator / Design Assistant- for musician Michael Stipe

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

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

                                       Freelance Film Industry, Los Angeles CA

1990?                            Textile designer, Ocean Pacific Sun Wear children’s division

1987-1989                    Sculpture, Art Department Disneyland, Anaheim CA.

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



Academic Positions


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

2017- Present               ArtX: Expanded Forms, Chair
2001 - 2009                  ArtX Founder and Chair - University of Georgia

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


Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Teaching & Research Programs


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

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

Interdisciplinary Research Projects


2015- 2016 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 aboard the research vessel Melville off the coast of Brazil 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.



Solo Exhibitions


2017                UFO Roadshow, Dashboard Gallery, Joshua Tree CA

2015                Under the Sun, Gallery Protocol, 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 TItac 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, Earmuffs, 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



Selected Art Reviews and Publications


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
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
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
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
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
Gail Rubini, Keith Roberson, “DesignX: critical reflections”, Florida State University, Oct 11, 2002
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


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