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Academic Biography

Dr Michael Lent is the Head of Fine Art in the School of Computing, Media and the Arts. He leads the BA (Hons) and MA Fine Art programmes and supervises several practice-based PhD students in Fine Art.


Through locating the intersection of artistic research and practice, my work is concerned with interrogating an economy of knowledge and an opposing potentiality of experience. I work with sculpture, drawing, text, video, photography, and installation; exploring time-based and new media as a method of art making.

My interests consider dissolution and sacrifice, focusing on mobile spaces through documenting their momentary experience. Frequently this work takes the form of constructing transparent layers in video or installations in order to examine and transfer the repercussions of this experience in a visual sense. Through this I attempt to examine the space in and around material and the sites where the work is exhibited, whilst exploring the manner in which experience becomes lost through the process of representation.


PhD in Fine Art, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 2014

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, USA, 2009

BFA in Sculpture and Painting with a minor in Art History, Tyler School of Art; Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2000

Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy, 1999

Selected Recent Exhibitions

  • *Space is what prevents everything from being in the same place, Greestone Gallery, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 2013
  • Virion 2012, Parer Place at Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, The Concourse Sydney, Federation Square Melbourne, & Perth Cultural Centre Perth, Australia and Satellite Gallery Auckland, New Zealand, 2012
  • Neither Spit nor Diamonds, Greestone Gallery, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 2012
  • An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA, 2011
  • Global Studio, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 2010
  • *Transient Spaces, Campus Gate Art Gallery, Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia, USA, 2009
  • *Practice Writings, Haybarn Gallery, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, USA, 2009
  • The Art of Word, Science, and Sound, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA, 2008
  • AGENDA: Queering Popular Media, Current Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2008
  • Silent/Sound Film Festival, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, New York, USA
  • 2008 Painting the Spectrum: SASOD Film Festival, Georgetown, Guyana, 2008


I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013 (FHEA). My diverse experience of education, centred in progressive pedagogy, has helped me to utilise different teaching and learning strategies both within lectures and the studio environment. I expect to facilitate the learning process and offer the opportunity to serve as a resource for students. Learning is an experiential process which must have real-world implications and importance, not dictated to students who are expected to reiterate information. My goal is to encourage learners to engage with their study and produce new knowledge that they have a stake in. I believe that art students need not simply produce work in studio, but to discuss and defend the ideas, practices, and theories their work is built upon. Through this, I expect students to be responsible for their own learning and expect them to take initiative (with my assistance) to explore, experiment, and investigate.

I concur with artist Robert Irwin’s educational philosophy that he termed a “project of general peripatetic availability.” Essentially, he responded to any educational activity initiated by a student with availability and no other agenda but to privilege that response, rejecting a dichotomy by which students are only expected to absorb knowledge and the agenda of the instructor to solely relay information. I recognise the symbiotic relationship between all learners in a space (myself included) and the process by which students can imagine, create, plan, and assess their own learning needs.


Summary of Research Interests

Dr Michael Lent is an artist, writer, and researcher who joined the School of Arts & Media in 2013 as Senior Lecturer in Fine Art. Prior to this he was based at the University of Lincoln also in Fine Art. He holds a BFA in both Painting and Sculpture with a minor in Art History from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. Lent received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, also in the US. He completed a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln.

In addition to his work as a researcher and artist, Lent has an extensive curatorial record and served as curator for several galleries in the US including the Tollbooth Gallery and Critical Line. This work, along with the journal Toby Room, which he co-published, served to inform initial research into the relationship between an artwork and both its place of creation and exhibition.

His research interests include: accursed share, alterity, anti-architecture, art history, conceptual art, crazed modernists, critical theory, destruction, difference, disappearance, entropy, ephemerality, exchange, formlessness, fragmentation, general economy, image, landscape, liminality, materiality, minimalism, mobility, pataphysics, polemics, radicality, raw phenomenology, sacrifice, singularity, space and place.

Lent welcomes proposals for PhD projects in any area of fine art practice, as well as interdisciplinary concerns which might include geography, philosophy, media, writing, and visual culture.


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