Michael Petry (Texas, 1960) studied at Rice University, Houston and has a Doctor in Arts from Middlesex University. Petry is an artist, author and Director of MOCA London. He co-founded the Museum of Installation, and was Curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery. Petry authored Installation Art, Installation in the New Millennium, and Hidden Histories: 20th century male same sex lovers in the visual arts. Petry’s book The Art of Not Making: The New Artist Artisan Relationship was accompanied by a touring exhibition he curated as is the case for his current book/exhibition Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition. Petry was the first Artist in Residence at Sir John Soane’s Museum and had a one man show The Touch of the Oracle at the Palm Springs Art Museum (2012). Petry’s work has been shown in museums and international exhibitions including Frontiers Reimagined at the Venice Biennale (2015). Petry is represented by galleries in London, New York, Houston and Palm Springs.