Bart Michiels

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Bart Michiels was born in Belgium, grew up on the coastal flatlands of Flanders and studied photography at St. Lukas Hoger Instituut voor Beeldende Kunsten (now called Hogeschool Sint-Lukas) in Brussels.

He won The Project Competition (Santa Fe) in 1995 for his series Riverworks, and was a finalist for both the 2006 Santa Fe Prize for Photography and for Le Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie (France) in 2010 for his series The Course of History.

His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of Bank of America, The Tennessee Valley Authority, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and The Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others.

The Course of History was published by Damiani in 2013. Michiels currently resides and works in New York City.

Download curriculum vitae with full list of essays and reviews here.

Solo Exhibitions

The Course of History, Concertgebouw, Bruges, April 20 - June 27,2015
The Course of History, Robert Morat Gallery, Hamburg, November 8, 2014 – Januari 10, 2015
The Course of History (Götterdämmerung), Foley Gallery, New York, NY, 2010
Five Boroughs, Cultureel Centrum, Genk, Belgium, 2010
The Course of History, Casa del Cinema (Without border Film Festival), Rome, Italy, 2009
The Course of History, Galeria Il Gabiano, Rome, Italy, 2009
The Course of History (The Mediterranean Theatre), Foley Gallery, New York City, NY, 2008
The Course of History, LOTT Gallery, New York City, NY, 2006
The Course of History, Fifty One Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium, 2006
The Course of History, Foley Gallery, New York City, NY, 2005
Southern Trilogy, Agnes Gallery, Birmingham, AL, 1997
Southern Trilogy, Fielding Wright Art Center, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, 1996

Group Exhibitions

Fernand Léger, mémoires et couleurs contemporaines, L’Orangerie – Espace d’art contemporain, Bastogne, September 13 – November 30, 2014
Second Sight : The David Kronn Photography Collection, The Irish Museum of Art, Dublin, August 2 – November 9, 2014
The Missing Peace, Kunstliefde, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2013
'Johan De Wilde, ik wordt', Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium, 2013
Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium, 2012
Imaging History, Photography after the fact, FOMU (FotoMuseum), Antwerp, Belgium, 2012
Landscapes of Conflict, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA, 2012
The Flemish Sensibility, Flanders House, New York City, NY, 2012
Out of The Darkroom: The David Kronn Collection, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 2011
Water, Fifty One Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium, 2011
Naturalism, Ulsan International Photography Festival, Ulsan, South Korea, 2009
Human/Nature : Recent European Landscape Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 2008
In Flanders Fields (site specific), Passchendaele, Belgium, 2007
From Sea to Shining Sea, Lobby 450 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY, 2006
Territories/Territoirs, Mains d'Oeuvres, Saint Ouen, France, 2006
FotoGrafia Festival, Rome, Italy, 2006
Art+Commerce 2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers, New York City, NY, 2004
BelgiaNomads, Gallery 51, Antwerp, Belgium, 2003
Constellation Selects, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, 2002
Solo, El Museo De La Ciudad, Madrid, Spain, 1997

Awards, Prizes/Nominations

Prix HSBC pour la Photographie 2010 - finalist
The Santa Fe Prize for Photography 2006 - finalist
The Art & Commerce 2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers
The Project Competition, First Place (The Santa Fe Workshops), Fall 1995


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
Le Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
The Palmer Museum of Art, State College, PA
The Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN
Bank Of America, NYC
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee,WI


The Course of History. Damiani, 2013.
Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography. Curated by Liz Wells. Prestel, 2012.
Out of The Darkroom – The David Kronn Collection. The Irish Museum of Art, 2011.
Silent Landscapes. Edited by Rosa Olivares. EXIT 38, May-July 2010.
Naturalism. Exhibition Catalogue. Ulsan International Photography Festival, 2009.
The Course of History : The Mediterranean Theatre. Foley Gallery, Januari 2008.

Selected Essays

Spookbeelden van de Slagvelden by Maarten Van Alstein. Gierik, 2014.
Bart Michiels : the space of memory. Essay by Simon Schama.  July 2013.
Charged Sites: On the Representation of Historic Place in Contemporary Photography by Sonja Fessel, 2013.
The Absence of Atrocity : Bart Michiels's The Course of History Photographs by Sonja Fessel. Taylor&Francis Online,  July 2012.
Bridging distances across time and place in photography by Heleen Westgeest. Imaging History. Photography after the fact. ASA Publishers, 2011.
Waiting in Silence by Sarah Stanley. Afterimage Vol.33, Nº1, 2005.