Michael Bise was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in 2001 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting at the University of Houston in 2005. His work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas; the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas; and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU. He was a recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant and an Artadia Finalist in 2014 and was awarded The Hunting Art Prize, an Artadia Finalist, and a Nominee for the Texas Contemporary Award in 2012. His work is part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Houston Airport System, City of Houston, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He regularly contributes criticism and reviews for the online art journal Glasstire. Bise’s work consists of graphite drawings that combine autobiographical narrative with labor-intensive attention to detail, creating a disorienting relationship between personal psychology and formal picture making concerns.