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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Michael Northrup

Other: Michael E. Northrup 
Dates:  1948, 25 August -
Born:  US, WV, Parkersburg
Active:  US
Produced a book called ‘Beautiful Ecstasy‘ that deals with his photographs of the 1970s and 1980s. 
Artist statement: 
"I love irony... not exclusively but I have a special appreciation for it. And it underlies a lot of my work whether obvious or not. I must have gotten it from my mother as she would laugh at news stories like, "Santa looses fingers while stepping off helicopter to wave at kids". And my dad, being a doctor, surgeon, and corner, would bring humor to the dinner table on things like bowel obstructions and suicides. Both my parents were great at extracting humor out of tragedy and that has given me a way of seeing life, my life. For me creating images is only an arms length away. Itís all about my daily life, those meaningful picutres Iím able to extract from it, and the personal photographic vision I bring to those pictures."
[Michael Northrup - April 2006]

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Michael E. Northrup
2315 Maryland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218

1980- MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2001 - Maryland Institute College of Art
1985 - Shepherd College, WV
1981 - University of Virginia
1971 - Jack Welpott/Judy Dater, San Anselmo, CA
1972 - Frederick Sommer, Prescott, AZ
1973 - Minor White, Arlington, MA
1995 - Maryland Arts Council, Artist Support Grant
1985 - Polaroid Artist Support Grant
2005 - American Photography/Book Award, Beautiful Ecstasy
1993 - Graphis Award
1990 - Westinghouse Purchase Award
- 50th International Photographic Salon of Japan/Medallion Award
1989 - Huntington Museum of Art/Governers Award
Solo Exhibitions
2002 - Herman Fine Arts Gallery, OH
1991 - The Washington Center for Photography, DC
1989 - Moore College of Art
1985 - Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1983 - Cameravision Gallery, LA
Group Exhibitions
2002 - Maryland Art Place / "Serious Humourists"
1992 - Wilmington Art Center
1991 - Washington Center for Photography
1988 - The Jewish Community Center of Houston
- The Huntington Museum of Art
1987 - University of New Mexico / "American Color"
1986 - Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies
1982 - Cal Arts 7th Annual Photography Exhibition, CA
1980 - The Chicago Art Institute / "Masks"
- Illinois State Museum
Scientific America
Chicago Art Institute
Virginia Museum of Art
Erie Art Museum
Visual Studies Workshop
2004 - "Beautiful Ecstasy", Michael Northrup/JandL Books
1988 - "Exploring Color Photography", Robert Hirsch/W.C.Brown
1984 - "American Photography Magazine", article on "Strobophoto"
- "Photography:Image and Illusion", Gene Markowski/ Prentice Hall
1982 - "Camera Arts Magazine"
- "Afterimage"/Visual Studies Wksp.-Nathan Lyons
Visiting artist
2000 - Parsons School of Art, NYC
1990 - Loyola Marymount College, LA
1989 - Moore College of Art, Philadelphia  

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