Michael Boonstra's creative practice shifts between drawing, photography, installation, and sculpture. He is a founding member of Gray Space, a group of Oregon artists based in the Corvallis, Eugene and Roseburg areas who came together in 2016 to develop site-based projects that foster connections between artists, places, histories, and communities. Boonstra has permanent commissioned work in the State of Oregon Treasury Resiliency Building in Salem, Oregon, OSU's Marine Studies Building in Newport, Oregon, and the Eugene Farmer's Market Pavilion. He has had recent exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, At Liberty, ANTIAESTHETIC, and the Joan Truckenbrod Gallery. Michael Boonstra has been an artist in residence at Playa, Pine Meadow Ranch, Caldera, Signal Fire, The Kesey Farm, and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Boonstra received his BFA from the University of Michigan and his MFA from the University of Oregon.
I aim to develop the different interests and impulses of students into thoughtful examination and creative practice. An atmosphere of openness and cooperation can be the catalyst to offer students the skills, both mental and physical, that will push parameters, question paradigms, and solve problems. My goal is to cultivate this type of inquisitive environment within my classes with the hope that students will carry it beyond the classroom.