Michael Endo was born in Portland, Oregon in 1979. He received an M.F.A. in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, in 2009 and a B.A. from Portland State University, Oregon in 2005. Endo’s studio work has been included in national and international exhibitions at venues such as The National Glass Centre (Sunderland, UK), Disjecta (Portland, Oregon), Yuan Yuan Art Center (Jinan, China), and Bullseye Projects (Portland, Oregon and Mamaroneck, New York). Endo is currently the curator at Bullseye Projects, organizing exhibitions in Portland, Oregon; Emeryville, California; Mamaroneck, New York; and Latheronwheel, Scotland. He is also the co-founded Dust to Dust, a curatorial project that started in 2018 with artist Emily Endo. In 2019, Endo moved to Yucca Valley, California where he is the co-director of High Desert Observatory and partner in the Yucca Valley Material Lab, a studio and residency founded by artist Heidi Schwegler.



Locked in a loop of familiarity and strangeness, my gestural paintings, drawings, glasswork and sculptures exist in a moment of tension. By depicting the boundary between a wild space and the city I present scenes where my interest in alternative communities; the relationship between space and psychology; occult knowledge; eschatology; ecology and the uncanny converge. - Michael Endo, 2015



2009    Master of Fine Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

2006    Bachelor of Art, Magna Cum Laude, Portland State University, Oregon


Solo and Duo Exhibitions

2016  Cosmic Pessimism, Bullseye Resource Center New York Gallery, Mamaroneck

2015      Heteroptia, Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington

2013     The End and After, with Stacy Lynn Smith, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2013     Isolated Growth, with Emily Nachison, Gallery 333, Toledo, Ohio

2012     Of Other Spaces, with Emily Nachison, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2011      Et in Arcadia Ego, Portland Building Installation Space, Oregon

2011      Pain Scale, FalseFront, Portland, Oregon

2010     Rah Rah Rah, FalseFront, Portland, Oregon

2006    Lines of Communication, Rake Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2005     Where it is That They Really Live, Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Altered Views, Lexington Art League, Kentucky

2018 Shift Invitational 2018, Shift Gallery, Seattle

2015     Drawing: An expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence, National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, UK

2014     Expressions in Glass: The Second International Glass Biennial, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, Indiana (catalog)

2014     Oregon Art Beat Exhibition, Pioneer Galleries, Portland, Oregon

2014     Flatlands, Nisus Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2013     Durden and Ray: History Lessons, Disjecta, Portland, Oregon

2013     SOFA Chicago (Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon)

2013     Hearts of Darkness, galleryHOMELAND, Portland, Oregon

2013     Other Worlds, The Milk Factory, Chicago

2012     True Places, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, California

2008    Ephemeral Sensuality, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

2006    Color, Ink, Space, Yuan Yuan Art Center, Jinan, China (catalog)


Professional Experience

Curator, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2009 – present)

Co-Curator, Dust to Dust, Portland, Oregon and Yucca Valley, California (2018 - present)

Co-Director, High Desert Observatory (2018 - Present)

Partner, Yucca Valley Material Lab (2018 - Present)

2012 – 2018 Adjunct Instructor, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland

2017 Curator, Emerge/Evolve 2016, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington

2011 - 2016 Part-time Instructor, Portland Community College, Oregon

2012 - 2016 Juror, Portland Building, Regional Arts and Culture Council

 2013                       Teaching Assistant for Jeffrey Sarmiento, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington                     

2012                        Teaching Assistant for Narcissus Quagliata, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington

2011                          Co-curator, MAGIC>NATURE, FalseFront, Portland, Oregon

2011                          Co-curator, This Fragile Skin, Schack Art Center, Everett, Washington

2008 - 2009           Artist’s Assistant for Beverly Fishman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

2008 - 2009           Teaching Assistant, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

2008                        Instructor, Cranbrook Summer Institute, Bloomfiled Hills, Michigan


Lectures and Panels

2018 Tradition, Translation, and Transformation: Bellevue’s Craft Biennial, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington

2017 Women in Kiln-glass, Palm Springs Art Museum, California

2015     Lecturer and Panelist, BeCon 2015, Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area, Emeryville, California

2014     Visiting Artist and Lecturer, School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

2014     Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada

2014     Lecturer, The Scottish Glass Society, Glasgow, Scotland

2014     Lecturer, “Retrospective: Collaborations in Glass,” Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah, Indiana

2014     Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin Madison

2014     Visiting Artist and Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point

2013     Lecturer, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

2013     Panelist, Emerging Artists, SOFA Chicago, Illinois


Awards and Residencies

2015     Emerging Artist-in-Residence, National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, UK

2011      Finalist, Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum, Washington

2011      Regional Arts & Culture Council Installation Grant, Portland, Oregon



2013     Shawn Waggoner, The Spaces in Between, Glass Art Magazine, December

2013     Oregon Art Beat, Artist and Curator Michael Endo, Oregon Public Broadcasting, April 18

2012     Richard Speer, Michael Endo and Emily Nachison: "Of Other Spaces" at Bullseye Gallery, art ltd., May/June 2012

2012     Katharine Morales, OPENING: “Of Other Spaces” at Bullseye Gallery, The Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet, February 29

2011      John Motley, Pain Scale: Exploring Color’s Arbitrary Meaning, Arts & Entertainment Guide, The Oregonian, July 8

2010     Richard Speer, Spotlight Portland, art ltd., November