Michael Bise was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1976 and currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Houston in 2005. He is an instructor at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and his writing and art criticism can be found on Glasstire.com. Bise has received many awards and honors including The Hunting Art Prize, Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant, and was an Artadia Finalist. His work can be found in numerous collections including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston Airport System, City of Houston, and Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Bise’s work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Art Museum of Southeast Texas; Art Museum of South Texas; Tyler Museum of Art; Galveston Arts Center; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU; and McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Bise’s work consists of graphite drawings that combine autobiographical narrative with labor-intensive attention to detail, creating a relationship between personal psychology and formal picture making concerns.