Michael Conway


Michael Dennis Conway started shooting in the late 60’s in a traditional way: set the F/stop and shutter speed, compose through the viewfinder and shoot. His interest in enhancing photographs started early on as well, hand tinting with Marshall’s photo oils was one of his first approaches.  While working in the print department at the Ringling Museum of Art in the late 70’s, Conway was introduced to the work of Jerry Uelsmann. Uelsmann’s work was something Michael had never seen before; using multi-image, multi-layered negatives to produce thought-provoking and surrealistic photographs.


Through the 80’s Conway continued to explore other ways in which traditional photographs could be used as the starting point for different ideas. David Hockney’s photo collages were inspiring. The idea that a fine art

photograph did not have to be confined to the edges of a single sheet of paper changed Michael’s perspective on the medium and motivated him to again explore the idea that photography could be used in different ways rather than the traditional single image print.

In early 2000 Conway was introduced to Doug and Mike Starn’s large, distressed photographs. Their work was an epiphany; the idea that beauty could be seen in that which may not be considered traditionally beautiful. Michael later found out there was a word in Zen for that, Wabi-Sabi.

Conway’s subject matter can range from outdoor landscapes to portraiture to manipulated images of people, places, objects or surreal nude settings. For over a decade he has focused more and more on photo montage and photo mixed media; using his photographs as the basis for montage prints or single mixed media paintings using paints, wax, charcoal and other mediums. He photographs on location as well as staged sets using wigs, masks and costumes on subjects to enhance the surreal idea he wants to create. Throughout his artistic career, Conway has always used materials at hand to create the image. That approach has changed very little in over forty-five years.


While Michael Conway’s approach has transformed through many evolutions, photography has consistently been the primary vehicle to deliver that vision. Photography has become so flexible and he uses that flexibility to achieve his vision.  He shoots and prints traditional film and silver prints. He shoots negatives and use high resolution scans to work the image digitally. With Lightroom and Photoshop, he manipulate images in different ways. With the evolution of digital printing, he can transfer an image, either to paper or digital film to transfer to another surface to create photo mixed media pieces using paint, charcoal, airbrush, plexiglass or wax.


  • Florida Presbyterian College (Eckerd College) 1970-1972

  • Northern Arizona University 1973

  • University of South Florida 1973-1975 (BS Literature)


Individual Exhibitions


  • 2014    Vision of a One Eyed Man -Soft Water Studio, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2013    Beyond the Proof Sheet – Rao Musunuru Gallery on the Campus of Pasco-Hernando
    State College, New Port Richey, FL.

  • 2011    Degradated Shadows – Salt Creek Artworks Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.


Collective Projects


  • 2016 – 2017    911 Collection – Bob Barancik, St. Petersburg FL.

  • 2016    Exquisite Corpse International 2016-Parade of Corpse – Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2015    Fantastic Ekphrastic – Soft Water Studio, Warehouse Arts District, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2013    Collab: Celebrating the Art of Collaboration – Big Sea Design & Development, St. Petersburg, FL.

Collective Exhibitions

  • 2017    Songzhuang International Photo Biennale – Czech China Contemporary Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing, China.

  • 2017    Exquisite Corpse International 2017-Parade of Corpse – Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2017    Files and Film – Creative Soul Studio, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2016 – 2017     Exquisite Corpse International 2016; Parade of Corpse – Chihuly Museum, St. Petersburg FL.

  • 2016    Meet and Greet the Artists – Treehouse Gallery, St Petersburg, FL.

  • 2016    Art Undressed Miami – Wynwood District, Miami, FL.

  • 2016    Nude Nite Tampa – South Tampa, Tampa, FL.

  • 2016    Files and Film – Leslie Curran Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2015    Files and Film – Creative Soul Studio, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2015    + Analog Process Art Show: Davidson Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2010    Various Works – MQC Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2009    Studio@620 Juried Art Show – St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2007    The Arts Center – St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2007    Film Lingual I – C. Emerson Fine Arts St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2007    Group photography Exhibit – Florida Museum of Photographic Art,  Tampa, Fl,

  • 2007    Project Home St Pete – St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2002-2006       The  Arts Center Member Exhibitions – St. Petersburg FL.

  • 2006    Globe Coffee House:  St. Petersburg FL.

  • 2006    The Bank, St. Petersburg FL.

  • 1977-1984       Various Gallery Showings, Sarasota, FL.


  • 2018    Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grant Award – through Pinellas County, FL. – Professional Artist Grant Award

  • 2017    Files and Film – Creative Soul Studio, St. Petersburg, FL. – Director’s Award

  • 2015    Files and Film – Creative Soul Studio, St. Petersburg, FL. – Curran Gallery Award

  • 2013    Degradated Shadows – 48” h x 240” photo mixed media painting acquired by the Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation, Brooksville, FL.

  • 2010    Morean Arts Center – Judged by Adam Justice, Curator Polk Museum of Art, St. Petersburg , FL. – Honorable Mention and People’s Choice Award  in Mixed Media

  • 2009    Pinellas County Division of Cultural Affairs, Individual Artist Grant, Pinellas County, FL.

  • 2008    Dali Museum, Double Takes: Dali Look Alike Video Award – Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL.

  • 2007    The Arts Center – non juried members show, Honorable Mention in Photography, Judged by Kevin Dean, Curator, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, FL.


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