Michael Dale Bernard

Appropriated Adornment - About the Juror

Michael Dale Bernard’s practice developed in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles.  He received his BFA in Metals from the University of Illinois in 1999 and his MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2007.  He joined the faculty at UW – Milwaukee in 2012 where he is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in metal, jewelry and digital fabrication. 

MDB’s highly stylized artwork explores image as urban commodity, hip-hop culture, and organic structure.  Steel fabrication, alternative materials, and vibrant color coatings are prominent in his work.  He co-curated the Monochrome Noir exhibition at Velvet da Vinci in 2013 and you can find his work in Showcase: 500 Necklaces and 500 Rings, and the 2009 and 2016 Metalsmith Exhibitions in Print.