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Michael Ashkin, American artist. Recipient award, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., 1997; fellow Honorary President fellow, Columbia University, 1978; scholar Full Merit scholar, School Art Institute Chicago, 1991-1993.


Ashkin, Michael was born in 1955 in Morristown, New Jersey, United States.


Bachelor, University Pennsylvania, 1977. Master of Arts in Middle East Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, 1980. Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, School Art Institute Chicago, 1993.


He is best known for his use of miniature scale and modest materials. Ashkin also authored Garden State, a book which compares the New Jersey Meadowlands to a formal garden. He is a contributing author to (Untitled) Experience of Place.

In 2014, A-Jump Books published Ashkin's Long Branch a book of photographs and text documenting the destruction of a New Jersey neighborhood. Ashkin was born in Morristown, New Jersey, and received an M.A. in Middle East Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. Before becoming an artist, he taught Arabic and worked as a computer programmer for investment banks.

Ashkin's work was included in Documenta 11 in 2002, and in the 1997 Whitney Biennial. He is a professor at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning as well as a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow. -Watery, Domestic at The Renaissance Society.


  • Other Work

    • One-man shows include Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, 1992, 1994, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, 1996, Feigen Incorporated, Chicago, 1996, Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, 1997, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, 1998, exhibited in group shows at Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, 1992, School Art Institute Chicago, 1993, Gallery 2, School Art Institute Chicago, 1994, 450 Gallery, New York City, 1995, Andrea Rosen Gallery, 1996, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, 1997, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 1997, Museum Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida, 1997, New Museum Contemporary Art, New York City, 1997, Turner & Runyon, Dallas, 1998, Saatchi Gallery, London, 1998, Four Walls Gallery, Brooklyn, 1998, others, Southeast Center Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, 1999.