Michael Boonstra’s creative practice for the last 20 years has focused on how we see and respond to landscape, both immediately/experientially and over time. This broad perceptual gradient allows him to experiment with and utilize varying materials, marks, and environmental ephemera; asking questions about our relationship to specific sites, our world, and each other. He is a founding member of Gray Space Project, a group of Oregon artists based in the Corvallis, Eugene and Roseburg areas who came together in 2016 to develop site-based projects that foster connections between artists, places, histories, and communities.
Recent commissions include site-specific projects at the Oregon State University Marine Studies Building, the Oregon State Treasury Resiliency Building, and the Lane County Farmers Market Pavilion. Boonstra’s work is included in the collections of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the City of Portland, Oregon State University Cascades, Umpqua Community College, and PacificSource. He has been an artist in residence at Playa, Djerassi, Caldera, Pine Meadow Ranch, and the Kesey Farm. Boonstra received his BFA from the University of Michigan and his MFA from the University of Oregon. He currently teaches at Oregon State University.