Background

b. 1980 Michigan (US)

Education

 

2007
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, Master of Fine Arts

2004
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Selected Exhibitions

2019

Gettin' By, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

2016

Tenderness and Rot, VOLTA New York, New York

 

2015
New Drawings, SLUICE, London, England

Deep Web Underground/Jetlag, Kuwait City, Kuwait

It's My Bone and My Only Delight, SEASON , Seattle, Washington

 

2014
Starwalker, Threewalls, Chicago, Illinois

Resident Exhibition, S12, Bergen, Norway

 

2013
We'll Make Out Better Than Ok, La Esquina, Kansas City, Missouri

Soft Rains, SEASON, Seattle, Washington

 

2012
MegaBodega (Sun Worshipers Launch), Family Business Gallery, New York, NY

Role/Play, Historic Federal Building, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Happiness Rides Wide, SEASON, Seattle, Washington

Featured Objects, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

 

2011

11 Dangerous Toys, Soil, Seattle, Washington

Aqua 11, Aqua Hotel, Miami, Florida

THE FAIR, International Contemporary Art in Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia

Breadth: A Cross-Examination of Seattle Portraits, Gage Academy of Art, Steele Gallery, Seattle, Washington

 

2010
A Sense of Humor, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Bam Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown! Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

 

2009
Daydrunk, Gallery 4culture, Seattle, Washington

SQFT Window Project, travelling exhibition, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon, and Egyptian Theater, Boise Idaho

 

2008
PATCH DYNAMICS: Six New Invasions to the Field, Lawrimore Project, Seattle, Washington

Free For All, Helm Gallery, Tacoma, Washington

Fire Retard Ants (We 8 Ourselves for Your Urgent Need), SOIL, Seattle, Washington, Collaboration with Fred Muram

 

2007
Nightmoves, Ceramic Metal Arts Building, Seattle, Washington

University of Washington Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

 

2006
Small Works: Paper and Sculpture, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2nd Year Graduate Exhibition, Ceramic Metal Arts Building, Seattle, Washington

Coupling IV: Secret Handshake, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

Works In Progress, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Marking Territories, Portland Art Center, Portland, Oregon

NCECA Student Juried Exhibition, Portland Community College at Sylvania, Portland, Oregon

 

Professional Experience


2015
Visiting Artist, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

 

2014
Visiting Artist, S12, Bergen, Norway

 

2010-2012
Instructional Technician, 3D/4M Department, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 

2011
Juror, 4culture, Seattlle Washington

Panelist, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Guest Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 

2010
Guest Lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Panelist, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Guest Lecturer, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Guest Lecturer, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

 

2005-2007
Graduate Instructor, 3D Design, Ceramics sculpture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

Awards


2012
Artprize Jurors Shortlist: 3D and Time-based media

 

2011
Nominee: Brink Award

 

2009
4culture Individual Artist Project Grant, Seattle, Washington

 

2008
Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle, Washington

Artist Trust Gap Grant, Seattle, Washington

 

2006
University of Washington Kottler Noritake Scholarship Award

 

2005
Top Recruitment Scholarship University of Washington

 

2004
Friend of the Lee Hall Art MuseumGraduate Honors Award

 

2003
Northern Michigan University Art and Design Scholarship

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship

Michigan Centennial Scholarship

Michigan Competitive Scholarship

 

Selected Articles


2013
ARTFORUM, We'll Make Out Better Than Okay, Critics Pick, Alicia Eler, December 2013

WHITEHOT MAGAZINE, whitehot | November 2013: We'll Make Out Better Than Okay @ La Esquina, Blair Schulman, November 2013

The Pitch, At La Esquina: Wall Street, Main Street, Charlotte Street, Liz Cook November 5, 2013

 

2012
Artdish, Mike Simi at Season, Gary Faigin, August 16, 2012

The Stranger, Money, Maleness, and Fear, Jen Graves, July 17, 2012

City Arts, Dreamcatcher, Rachel Shimp, July 29, 2012

The Stranger, Currently Hanging: Mike Simi's Mr. Weekend, Jen Graves, January 19, 2012

 

2011
The Stranger, BLART: Darth Vader in a Rocking Chair

 

2010
Express Milwaukee, Kohler Arts Center’s Adventurous ‘Sense of Humor’

Artistaday.com, Featured Artist for January 2, 2010

 

2009
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, When a Trip To Home Depot Becomes Art, Brangien Davis, Feb 18, 2009

Seattle Post Intelligencer: Art to Go, Mike Simi - Working for a Living, Regina Hackett, February 9,2009

Seattle Weekly: I Saw this: Loop de Loops, Adriana Grant, February 18, 2009

Seattle Post Intelligencer, 'Patch Dynamics' showcases terrific works by 6 newcomers bound to shake things up, Regina Hackett, January 1, 2009

The Seattle Times, Lawrimore's "Patch Dynamics" a fresh and exciting threat to the city's art scene, Rachel Shimp, January 9, 2009

 

2008
Daily Serving, Patch Dynamics - Six New Invasions to the Field, December 30, 2008

Seattle Post Intelligencer, Two Talented Collaborators Share A Goofy World View -- and a Fascination with Food, Regina Hackett, January 10, 2008

The Stranger, Suggests for the week of January 3, 2008

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, The Misfits, Naomi Zeitlin, January 2008 Issue

Seattle Weekly, Skunk Hour's Awkward Pleasure, Adriana Grant, January 9, 2008 edition

Rivet Magazine Artists of the Month, January 2008

Ceramics Monthly, The MFA Factor, October 2008 issue

 

2007
Seattle Times, Audio Slide Show, Henry Art Gallery 2007 MFA Show,“Beef Stew Monster”

Seattle Post Intelligencer, UW Celebrates the Master of Fine Arts Exhibit, June 13, 2007, Ill. “Beef Stew Monster”

Art Dish Forum, UW MFA 07 at the Henry, “Beef Stew Monster”