Michael Salter is an Associate Professor of Digital Arts/New Media and is currently the Digital Arts Program Director. Salter received his BFA from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His BFA is a double concentration in sculpture and graphic design. He received his MFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Salter's art work has shown nationally and internationally in Brussels, New York, L.A., Portland, London, Amsterdam, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, Atlanta and Chicago. His work has been featured in Art In America, Best Art NY 2009, Dot Dot Dash, Pictoplasma2, Grab Magazine, Arkitip Magazine, Repellent Magazine, and LoDown Magazine. In 2004 he had his first major museum solo exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2005, he received an Individual Artist Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He has exhibited solo installations at Charles de Jonghe gallery, Brussels, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC, The University of Texas, Arlington, and Black Market Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Salter has lectured at the Adidas Corporation (Portland and Nuremburg), Wichita State University (in conjunction with the Ulrich Museum show 'Robots'), the 2010 IDSA "DIY Design" Conference in Portland, The Gallery at UTA, UT Arlington, Texas, and Rice University, Houston.
Throughout his career as an artist Salter has made a commitment to the support and success of Lump Gallery/Projects. This gallery is an alternative art space dedicated to exhibiting challenging work by emerging artists. Lump acts as a cultural hub for artists from all disciplines, showcasing conceptual art. Michael Salter's work is a massive and in-depth response to visual culture. A self proclaimed "obsessive observer" he culls through the avalanche of mass media and corporate branding to find poignant, absurd and baffling pieces which become part of his work. His work bridges all disciplines from product and toy design, to kinetic sculpture, logotypes, animation, and signage. He is currently interested in cognitive behavior and its relationship to particular visual stimuli, and the continued construction of styrofoam robots.