US EMBASSY PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

April 29, 2013

This video was shot during the opening of the retrospective exhibition of Michael Borek held at the American Center at the US Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 29, 2013. At this exhibition Borek showed his works from the following projects: Wide Asleep/Half Asleep, Urbania, Scranton Lace, and What Would Sudek Do?

Video courtesy of Jan Patrik Krásný.

PECHA KUCHA NIGHT, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

April 24, 2013

Michael Borek presented his Scranton Lace project during the Pecha Kucha Night program in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 24, 2013. Pecha Kucha uses a format during which each of the presenters shows 20 slides and each is displayed for 20 seconds.

Video courtesy of Pecha Kucha Night Prague.





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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2013

  • American Center at the US Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic: Wide Asleep/Half Awake (solo)
  • Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA: What Would Sudek Do? (solo)
  • Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA: Options 2013 (15th biennial exhibition of the WPA)
    Curator: Gerald Ross, Maryland Institute College of Art, Washington Project for the Arts

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2012

  • Maryland State Arts Council: 2012 Individual Artist Award (grant)
  • Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA: Effective Immediately (solo)
  • Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Fotographers at the Factory (group)
    Curator: Brooks Jensen (LensWork Publishing)

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2011

  • Fotoweek DC, International Awards Competition, Fine Art Category (2nd Prize) (group)
  • Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Effective Immediately (solo)
  • Artishpere, Arlington, VA: Photo 11: Annual Juried Mid Atlantic Photo Exhibition (group)                                                                                                                           Curator: Amanda Maddox, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Flash Foto DC, Crystal City, VA: Juried Photography Exhibition (group)                   Curator: Philip Brookman, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Mirrors to the World, Photoworks, MD: Invitational Exhibition (group)

Curator: Frank van Riper, Photoworks Gallery

  • Dumbarton Church, Washington, DC: Wide Asleep/Half Awake (solo)

Curator: Ginny Barnes, Dumbarton Concert Gallery

  • Viridian Artists, New York, NY: 1st International Juried Photography Exhibition (group)

Curator: Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC: Auction Gala (group)

Curator: Milena Kalinovska, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and others

  • Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY: Krappy Kamera International Juried Competition (group)

Curators: Phillip S. Block and Steve Rooney, International Center of Photography

  • Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA: Onward 11 (group)

Curator: Larry Fink, Photographer

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2010

  • Photoworks, Washington, DC: Fotoweek DC 2010 Photo Slam (3rd Prize) (juried competition)
  • RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA: International Plastic Camera Show (group, featured artist)

Curator: Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center

  • ArtSpace, Richmond, VA: Strassen Kunst (Honorary Mention) (group)

Curator: Martin McFadden, President, ArtSpace

  • 1212 Gallery, Richmond, VA: Half Awake (Night) (three-person exhibition)

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2009

  • Lyceum Theater Gallery, San Diego, CA: The Art of the Photography Show (group)

Curator: Charlotte Cotton, Head of the Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA: 2009 National Juried Photography Exhibition (group)

Curator: Julian Cox, Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

  • RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA: It‘s Still Life (group)

Curator: Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center

  • Art Space, Richmond, VA: Radius 250 (Honorary Mention) (group)

Curator: Marlene Rothacker, Director of Exhibitions, International Art & Artists

  • Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA: The Bridges of Montgomery County (solo)
  • Photoworks, Glen Echo, MD: Wide Asleep-Half Awake (solo)

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2008

  • The Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC: Wide Asleep (solo)
  • Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA: Photo 08 (group)

Curator: David Griffin, Director of Photography, National Geographic

  • Fotoweek DC Headquarters, Washington, DC: International Exhibition (group)
  • The Art League, Alexandria, VA: Fotoweek DC Exhibition (Best in Show Award) (group)

Curators: James Steele, Photographer,  and Craig Sterling, Photographer)

  • VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA (group)
  • Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA (group)

Curator: Stephen Bennett Phillips, Fine Arts Program Director, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and others

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2007

  • Viridian Artists, New York, NY: 18th National Juried Exhibition (group)

Curator: Charlotta Kotik, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY: 24th Anniversary Competition (Best in Photography Award) (group)

Curator: Renée Phillips, Founder and Director, Manhattan Arts International

  • Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY: 72nd Annual National (New Genre Prize) (group)

Curator: Felicia Blum, Associate Museum Educator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, and Walter Dusenbery, Sculptor

  • Art Works, Richmond, VA: Radius 250 (group)

Curator: Ragan Cole-Cunningham, Director of Exhibitions, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

  • Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Words Left Over (solo)
  • Photoworks, Glen Echo, MD: Urbania (two-person exhibition with Michael Lang)
  • KNEW Gallery – Georgetown, Washington, DC: Photo-Rama (group)

Curator: Fernando Batista, Director, KNEW Gallery

  • Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA: 27th Annual Contest (Honorary Mention) (group)
  • Jurors: Mark Takeuchi, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and Paul Leibhardt, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA: 2007 National Juried Exhibition (Honorary Mention) (group)

Curator: Lee Hansley, Raleigh Arts Commission, Raleigh, NC

  • artKudos, International Juried Art Competition and Exhibition (group)

Curator: Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur

  • Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA: 2007 Annual Juried Exhibition (group)

Curator: Renny Pritikin, Director of Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA

  • Nelson Fine Art Gallery, Lexington, VA: 8th Annual Juried Show – Interior Spaces II (group)

Curator: Amy Finkbeiner, Artist.

  • Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE: 2nd Biennial Open Juried Exhibition (group)

Curator: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum, Washington, DC

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC, is planning a solo photography show of Michael Borek. The exhibition, entitled They Never Update the Lists, coincides with the 90th anniversary of death of Franz Kafka and deals with the theme of alienation. The opening is scheduled for June 12, 2014.

The US Embassy in the Czech Republic, US Point and and the Education and Research Library on the Pilsen Region will be presenting a solo photography exhibition of Michael Borek entitled Wide Asleep/Half Awake. The exhibition will be held in the the Europa House Gallery, nám. Republiky 12, Plzeň, Czech Republic, and the opening is scheduled for May 6, 2014, at 3 pm.

Fine press book and editions publisher of fine art photography Vela Noche selected 5 photographs of Michael Borek for a portfolio of small prints available for a purchase as a set.

The Multiple Exposures Gallery presented an exhibition of 25 new works of Michael Borek entitled What Would Sudek Do? The exhibition was open June 18 – July 29, 2013, and the opening reception was held on June 22. The gallery is located at Studio #312 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, at 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22132.

US Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, presented a retrospective exhibition of Michael Borek’s photographs at the American Center, Tržiště 13, Prague 1, Czech Republic. Click here to view the the video from the opening reception, which was held on April 29, 2013.  The exhibition was open till June 21, 2013. In connection with this exhibition, the Czech newspapers Hospodářské noviny published a profile of Michael Borek and Právo reviewed this exhibition.

Michael Borek presented present his project Scranton Lace shot at an abandoned lace factory at the Pecha Kucha Night in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 24, 2013.

Michael Borek’s portfolio was selected by Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art, for Options 2013, the fifteens WPA biennial exhibition of artists from Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia. The exhibition was held at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia April 10-June 9, 2013.

Three photographs of Michael Borek from his Scranton Lace series were selected by Klaus Ottmann, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large at the Phillips Collection, for the annual Washington Project for the Arts auction. The auction gala was held at 64 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, on March 16, 2013, and all  three Borek’s photographs sold.

Arlington Arts Center presented Michael Borek’s exhibition Effective Immediately as a part of its Spring Solos 2012 series. The exhibition was open April 4 – June 10, 2012 and the gallery talk was held on May 19. Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201, phone 703.248.6800. Smaller version of this exhibition presented in the fall 2011 by the Multiple Exposures Gallery was picked by Louis Jacobson from the Washington City Paper for his list of the best 10 photographic exhibitions in the Washington, DC, area in 2011. Many pictures from the Scranton Lace portfolio were also selected for juried shows, including by Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum of American Art; Philip Brookman, Corcoran Gallery of Art; Milena Kalinovska, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and Amanda Maddox, J.Paul Getty Museum. The exhibited photographs were taken in an abandoned lace factory in Scranton, PA. The title of the show comes from an announcement made in May 2002, by the vice president of Scranton Lace Co.  He called all employees together in the middle of their shift to break the news that – effective immediately – the factory was closing. Effectively immediately, the employees lost their jobs and livelihoods, and the gradual decay began.

Maryland State Arts Council has selected Michael Borek to receive a 2012 individual Artist Award in Visual Arts: Photography.

Michael Borek was awarded second prize in the International Awards Competition in the fine art category of FotoWeek DC 2011. FotoWeek 2011 published Borek’s profile on its blog.

Michael Borek was recently interviewed by  the Washington City Paper. He talked to Louis Jacobson from the ArtsDesk about his life in general and in photography in particular, including his latest Scranton Lace project. This project was also the subject of an article about his photography written by Josh McAuliffe for the Scranton Times.

Michael Borek was interviewed by the Lauren Henkin during Photolucida 2011. You can listen to this interview at Photo Radio.

Multiple Exposures Gallery published an interview with Michael Borek in its blog. He talks about his creative process and how he edits his work before he submits it to competitions.

Michael Borek was be one of the presenters during the Capitol Pecha Kucha Night. The event was held on November 8, at FotoWeek DC Central (1800 L St., NW), and Borek talked about his photographs from the Scranton Lace factory.

On Saturday, November 5, an opening reception was held for an exhibition of works by Michael Borek, Stephen Carroll, and Victoria Porter at the Glen Echo Photoworks Gallery. The title of Michael Borek’s exhibition is Effective Immediately (Later On), and he was showing photographs from the Scranton Lace project that have not previously been exhibited.  The exhibition was held at the Photoworks Gallery @ Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, and it was open November 5 – December 5, 2011. This exhibition presented three winners of 2010 Photoworks’ first-ever Photo Slam at DC’s Busboys & Poets.

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, opening reception was held for Michael Borek’s solo exhibition entitled Effective Immediately. The exhibition was held at the Multiple Exposures Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 312, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703.683.2205,  The exhibition was open October 4 – November 7, 2011. In this solo exhibition, Michael Borek showed over 20 of his new photographs shot in an abandoned lace factory in Scranton, Pennsylvania.