Michael Hower is a photographer from the Harrisburg, PA area. His formal artistic education began in high school with courses at Lebanon Valley College and the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design. He moved on to study at Harrisburg Area Community College and Maryland Institute College of Art with focuses on painting, design and ceramics. Seven years ago, after picking up a digital camera for the first time he fell in love with the medium, becoming self-taught. In photography Mike rediscovered a passion for art that he hadn’t felt in years.
His work focuses on historical themes, portraying human objects/structures in modified environments now devoid of human activity, particularly photographing places of abandonment with particular interest in industry, prisons and graffiti. His work conveys themes of wear, deterioration, and nature’s reclamation of manmade environments via architecture and landscape. His works document the place-seeking journeys he has taken and showcase the process of learning and discovering our collective heritage.
Michael’s work has been featured in over one hundred and fifty shows and publications. Prominent juried shows include the Biggs Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania State Museum. Mike’s work has also been selected for display at the Masur Museum of Art, Marshall University, the Banana Factory and the Maryland State House of Representatives. Recent publication credits include, Pennsylvania Magazine, Central PA Magazine, The Santa Clara Review, and The Oakland Review of Carnegie Mellon University.
Mike has also been selected for a number of solo and group shows including Abandoned Places, Rehoboth Art League, DE; Steelworks, Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, DE; Seekscapes, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA; Foundations, WITF Public Media Center, Harrisburg, PA. His latest solo show Graffiti Scapes which ran from August to October 2019 at Penn College in Williamsport, featuring nearly 50 of his graffiti photographs and installations.