Chronology of events
1946 Born, Indiana, Pennsylvania
1964 Attends Kent State University with the intent of becoming a commercial illustrator
1966 Changes his major to studio art to study representational drawing and painting while rejecting Abstract Expressionism and discovering Pop Art.
1969 Awarded scholarship Blossom-Kent Visiting Artist Program to study with Wayne Thiebaud and Phillip Pearlstein at Kent State University
1971 Annual Group Exhibition, Toledo Museum Of Art, Awarded graduate teaching assistantship, instructor of record at Kent State University. Becomes impressed with Marcel Duchamp after reading: Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp by Pierre Cabanne.
1972 Begins making representational airbrushed ink drawings on paper and large charcoal drawings on canvas.
1973 Graduates with a M.A. Painting, Kent State University. Exhibits at the Fifty-fourth Annual May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Receives a Purchase Award, Massilon Museum, Massilon, Ohio. Creative Arts Festival, Westwood Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Moves to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Begins reading the works of Dr. D.T. Suzuki.
1974 Makes an airbrushed acrylic painting of a TV raster screen depicting John Chancellor announcing the Watergates investigation. Becomes adjunct professor of drawing and design at Broward College, Pompano Beach Florida, and later teaches painting as a visiting artist at Miami-Dade College, Miami Florida. He meets Photorealist Malcolm Morely. Begins making full color airbrushed paintings of single frames of live broadcast video captured with a 35mm SLR camera. Exhibits work at Broward College, Miami-Dade College and the Membership Exhibition, Miami Metropolitan Museum and Art Center,Miami, Florida. Discovers the writings of Alan Watts
1975 Decides to pursue his artwork outside of academia. Works as a graphic and scenic designer for WPBS, Public Television, Miami Florida. Creates on-air graphics using traditional analogue media. His personal artwork becomes informed by working in television where he participates in the production of mediated experience. Receives Purchase Award, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida. Exhibits at the Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The Society of The Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida
1976 Commissioned to complete a series of large paintings by Art in Public Places Painting, Art Advisory Committee, Office of Housing and Urban Development, Dade County, Florida. Receives Cash Award from the Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. His artwork is included in the Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The Society of The Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida. Exhibits at the Realist Invitational, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
1977 Artwork exhibited in a group show at the Miami Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Miami, Florida, and receives a Merit Award, Exhibits at the Realist Invitational, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
1978 Artworks selected for the 46th Southeastern Competition, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Receives an Honorable Mention award
1979 Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
1980 Moved to Brooklyn NY. Exhibited work in New Talent, Touchstone Gallery, New York, New York. Appointed graphic designer at NBC Television, New York, NY. Began using the Quantel Paintbox digital workstation to create and edit digital images captured with a video camera. Became proficient enough to train other designers in its use because of his teaching skills. Ivan Karp, OK Harris Gallery visits his studio.
1981 While working at NBC Television, he uses the Quantel Paintbox to create an experimental fictitious digital video of the Orange Bowl football stadium on fire in Miami, Florida. It is seen accidentally by a producer who is convinced it is a real event. Days later, NBC News anchor John Chancellor asks Michael Katz for a demonstration of the Quantel Paintbox. He realizes the potential of digital imaging for the creation of art. The high cost of the device makes ownership prohibitive. Reads: The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav.
1982 Chosen to participate in a group show, Selections 17, exhibited at The Drawing Center, New York, NY. Meets Thomas Lawson, current Dean, School of Art, CalArts, to discuss the artwork,
1984 Invited by the Quantel corporation to experiment on the Quantel Paintbox. He creates the digital image, Rest Stop, consisting of a photograph modified with the painting tools available on the Paintbox. The final output was a 11 x 14 inch C-print.
1985 Continues developing photographic appearing airbrushed monochromatic ink on paper and acrylic paint on canvas images.
1989 Begins to experiment with making images using an Apple Mac and Photoshop painting tools.
1991 Serves as Senior Designer, On-air Promotion, at HBO, designing and directing promotional graphics, animation, motion graphics and live action video. He travels to England, sketching and photographing London and the Lake District. Begins making alkyd paintings on canvas.
1998 Accepts position as Director of Design, On-Air Promotion , Comedy Central, New York, NY
2000 Explores digital painting applications on the Mac platform in his own studio. First experiments produces: Split-Level, inkjet on paper. Subsequently abandons traditional analogue paints and brushes. New work results in digitalarchival inkjet prints using permanent pigments and archival paper or canvas. Decides to forego producing limited editions of prints – each individual piece is considered as a unique artwork.
2005 Relocates to Central Florida where he teaches drawing and digital media at Valencia College, Orlando, Florida
2006 Exhibits digital pigment inkjet monoprints at Arts on Douglas, group exhibition, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2007 Exhibits at Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2009 Faculty Exhibition, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida, Group exhibition at Arts on Douglas, New 2009 From Plein Air to Post Modern, group show, Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2009 Dog Tales, Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami, Florida
2009 One Man Show, Griffin Art Space, DeLand, Florida
2009 Digital Media Technology Faculty Exhibition, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida
2010 Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida, Group Exhibition, Arts on Douglas, 2011 Group exhibition, Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2015 Solo Exhibition: The Raw and The Cooked - Michael Katz, Alt_space, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2016 Group Exhibition: The Contemporary Built Environment, Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, Florida