BIO


A native of California, John Michiels moved to Charleston, South Carolina for what he thought would be a period of months to make photographs of the beautiful, historic city. 26 years and thousands of photographs later, he’s still in Charleston and finding plenty of inspiration. His body of work also includes images of the California coastline and wine country. John’s warm monochrome images feature portraits of character-rich structures and quiet landscapes. All are carefully composed with an eye developed by 30+ years of study, experience and devotion to the craft. Archival pigment prints are available in limited editions of 45 or less.

John's photographs reside in the City of Charleston’s permanent art collection and hundreds of private and business collections in the U.S. and Europe. He continues to gain recognition at the annual Piccolo-Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston, South Carolina, receiving 12 awards, including two for first place and a best of show/Mayor’s Purchase Award.



Partial List of Events, Exhibitions and Awards

1997 – First Place - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

1999 – Merit Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2001 – Merit Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2002 – Commissioned Show by the Edisto Historic Preservation Society: “Edisto – Scene and Unseen”

2002 – Best in Show - Mayor’s Purchase Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2003 – First Place - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2005 – Lecture at Charleston Center for Photography

2005 – Joined Wells Gallery – Charleston SC

2007 – Produced "Charleston 9" memorial video.

2008 – Merit Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2010 – Accepted to Carolinas Got Art – Elder Gallery – Charlotte, NC – Mario Naves, Juror.

2010 – Third Place - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2011 – Merit Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2012 – Solo Exhibition - Lander University - Greenwood, SC

2013 – Accepted to Carolinas Got Art – Elder Gallery – Charlotte, NC – Lance Esplund, Juror.

2014 – Second Place - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2015 – Merit Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2016 – Merit Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2017 – Merit Award - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

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