The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz, is pleased to feature Michael Hower as April’s Artist of the Month.
Michael Hower is a self-taught photographer from the Harrisburg, PA area. His formal artistic education began in high school with courses at Lebanon Valley College and the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design. He moved on to study at Harrisburg Area Community College and Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus on painting, design and ceramics. Five years ago, after picking up a digital camera for the first time, he fell in love with the medium and rediscovered a passion for art that he hadn’t felt in years.
Hower’s work focuses on historical themes. His photography portrays human objects and structures in modified environments now devoid of human activity. His work conveys themes of wear, deterioration, and nature’s reclamation of manmade environments via architecture and landscape. Hower’s works document the place-seeking journeys he has taken and showcase the process of learning and discovering our collective heritage.
Hower’s pieces have been featured in over one hundred shows and publications, including prominent juried shows Biggs Shot, Biggs Museum of Art, and Exhibition 280, Huntington Museum of Art. Hower’s work has also been selected for display at the Masur Museum of Art, Marshall University, the Banana Factory, and the Maryland State House of Representatives. Recent publication credits include Pennsylvania Magazine, Central PA Magazine, The Woven Tale Press, and Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review.
Hower has also been carefully chosen for a number of solo and group shows including Abandoned Places, Rehoboth Art League, DE; Remnants, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE; Legends, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Cincinnati, OH; and Foundations, WITF Public Media Center, Harrisburg, PA. He has received many honors for his work, including awards from Marshall University, Lebanon Valley College, York Art Association, and the Art Association of Harrisburg. Most recently, Minot State University, ND acquired a piece for their permanent art collection.
Hower’s artwork will be on display and available for purchase throughout the month of April. For more information on the Art Gallery, please contact Alyssa Wojcik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, one and a half miles north of the square in Lititz. The Art Gallery is free and open to the public daily 8am-8pm. For other news and events, be sure to follow our Facebook page.