Work has been exhibited at: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta;
Kansas City Art Institute; Portland Museum of Art, Maine; The Aldrich Museum's Soho
Center Gallery, New York; The King Stephen Museum, Hungary; The Kassel Art
Museum, Germany; The Kaus Australis Foundation, Rotterdam, Netherlands; The
Academy of Fine Art, Poznan, Poland; Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas;
Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College; and The University of Pennsylvania's
Rosenwald Gallery (Survey of work from 1982 to 2004).
The focus on painting and outdoor installations is fairly recent. Early works included:
intermedia performances (a major work was presented at NEW MUSIC AMERICA '87),
as well as mixed media works on paper, and experimental books and manuscripts which
were often acquired for the Special Collections of the libraries of art institutions.
Collections: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (extensive collection of early
work--search via MOMA DADABASE); The Brooklyn Museum; King Stephen Museum,
Hungary; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart; India's
National Institute of Design; Getty Research Institute; as well as the Special Collections
of the following academic libraries: Yale University; Stanford University; Harvard
University; University of Pennsylvania; Amherst College; University of Chicago;
University of California at Santa Barbara; University of California at Los Angeles;
Oberlin College; Ohio State University; Indiana University; University of Texas at Austin;
Claremont Colleges; University of Washington; Boise State University; Virginia
Commonwealth University; (search WorldCat.org: "Michael Winkler" & "Michael Joseph
Winkler" for exact location of library collections). A large number of drawings and other
works from the 80's & 90's are included in the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Collection of
language-based art, Miami Beach. Corporate collections include Seybert & Rahier,
Immenhausen, Germany (commission, 2013); Daimler Mercedes-Benz, Kassel,
Germany (commission, 2015).
The project has also attracted support in the literary community--it was featured in the
landmark anthology, IMAGINING LANGUAGE in the company of work by authors such
as James Joyce, Victor Hugo, Gertrude Stein, and Louis Braille (published by MIT
Press; Ed. Rasula & McCaffery).
Awards include: Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; a LINE II Association Book Award; and a Special
Members Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers.