Michael Fortenberry

Visiting Instructor of Visual Arts

Jackson Dinsdale Art Center

Michael Fortenberry is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator interested in collaborative action toward pressing issues of our current times. He received his BFA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, focusing on anthropology, sociology, and sculpture. Michael earned his MFA from the State University of New York in New Paltz, NY, with an emphasis in sculpture in 2023. His research explored the intersection of art with our sensory-somatic systems to ease the rise of collective anxiety through body movement and engagement.

Michael has exhibited work throughout the United States, with works in private collections on display in Washington, Colorado, and New York. He just completed a six-month residency at the Glasshouse Art.Life.Lab resulting in a permanent outdoor installation, and currently is exhibiting at the Kaatsbaan Culture Park in Tivoli, NY. His work has been published in the Art and America Guide, Inside + Out Upstate New York, I Love New York, and others since the Spring of 2022.