Michael Namkung has been an educator for over 20 years and an artist his whole life. He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University, and has served as Assistant Professor of Drawing at Florida International University.
He has received grants and awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Tanne Foundation. He has exhibited and performed his work in galleries, museums, universities, and in public spaces worldwide, such as SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Stanford University, Locust Projects, The Drawing Center, and Grace Cathedral San Francisco.
His ongoing, decade-long Drawing Gym project has incorporated hundreds of people combining drawing and physical exercise in the form of workshops, personal training programs, collaborative drawing installations, and a revolving performance group. During his life as a world-champion Ultimate player, he apprenticed himself to the emotional life of the athlete. The universal themes of fear and courage, striving and perseverance, and failure and success deeply inform his art practice and his teaching.