Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Mar 22nd 2010 to May 27th 2010 | May 1st 2012 to Jul 31st 2012
  • PRACTICE : Visual
  • FROM : USA

Michael Arcega was born in 1973 in Manila, the Phillipines.  He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California; and his MFA from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. He currently resides and works in San Francisco, California.

Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Though visual, his art revolves largely around language. Directly informed by Historic events, material significance, and the format of jokes, his subject matter deals with sociopolitical circumstances where power relations are unbalanced.

His work has been exhibited at numerous venues including: the deYoung Museum, San Francisco, California; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California; Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii; Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Cue Arts Foundation, New York, New York; and the Asia Society in New York.

Arcega is a recipient of an Art Council grant (Artadia), Joan Mitchell MFA Award, Murphy Cadogan Fine Arts Fellowship, and Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship. He has been an Artist in Residence at the 18th Street Art Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fountainhead Residency, the Artadia Residency at the ISCP, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and at Al Riwak Art Space in Bahrain. He was awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts. 

He is currently in residence at Recology in San Francisco, California.  For the Recology Residency, Arcega will explore the cultural residue of the Nacirema people of North America. Applying strategies of the late anthropologist, Horace Miner, Arcega will attempt to better understand these people‚Äôs lives and their daily practices.