Michael Petry American, b. 1960

Michael Petry (1960) is a multi-media artist, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, London, and co-founder of the Museum of Installation, London. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and has lived in London since 1981. He received a BA at Rice University (Houston), an MA at London Guildhall University, and a Phd in Arts at Middlesex University.


Over an extensive 30 year career, Michael Petry has become well known through out the arts through his visual and sculptural work, performances, installations, exhibition curation and writing.


Petry is a guest Lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools, where he is also curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery. As well as being the Director of MOCA, he is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (FRBS) and a Brother of the Art Workers Guild. He was Guest Curator at the KunstAkademi, Oslo, and Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton.


He is the author and co-author of many books, of which he has written extensively and critically on the interrogation of contemporary art, Arts education, Aesthetics, Gender and Sexuality, Contemporary Practice, and the Authority of the artist. Titles include: Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition (2013), The Art of Not Making: The New Artist / Artisan Relationship (2012), Installation Art (1994), Hidden Histories: 20th Century Same Sex Male Lovers in the Visual Arts (2004), Installation in the New Millennium (2003), and authored Abstract Eroticism (1996) and A Thing of Beauty is...(1997).