Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld. This episode: Mike Behle.
Michael Behle is an artist, educator, and community arts organizer based in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has been exhibited extensively at venues including: Laumeier Sculpture Park, Phillips de Pury, Art Resources Transfer, Aqua Art, Next Art Fair, Mitchell Museum, Puerto Rico International Art Fair, Sotheby’s, and The Underground, among others. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University. Behle is a fellow of the Vermont Studio Center, and the Community Arts Training Program through the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. In 2012 Behle founded Paul Artspace, a residency program located in St. Louis, Missouri, and in 2014 he co-founded Museum Blue, a project space also located in St. Louis. He has served as an independent curator on numerous projects for national and international exhibitions. His work has received support in grants and fellowships from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Behle has served as a guest lecturer and visiting professor at venues and institutions throughout the world. Last year, a solo show of his work (Searching for Summary) was on view at the Greg Hardwick Gallery at Columbia College. He currently serves as Associate Chairperson in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
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With Mike Behle, and Joe Kohlburn
Editor – Sarah Hammond
Producer – Brett Williams