Michael Crowder is a mixed media sculptor who exhibits across the US and internationally. Originally from New Orleans, he is currently based in Houston. His conceptually-driven sculpture often incorporates museum “art/ifacts” made of glass particles fused together in a variation of the traditional pâte de verre technique. Exploring ideas of fragility and impermanence, his work is sometimes cast using very ephemeral materials—from sugar or chocolate to marble dust or cigarette ashes.
He has received nominations for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award and multiple Artist-in-Residence Fellowships at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France. In 2011, he was one of only two Americans invited to participate in an international sculpture park project involving 30 artists from 15 countries held in Bodh Gaya, India. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from Kent State University, with a concentration in Glass, following a
Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University, with a concentration in Sculpture. Museum collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Gandhi Maidan Museum, Patna, India.