Michael Lasater Bio


      Michael Lasater was born in 1947, in Hutchinson, Kansas.  He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and worked as a professional trombonist for more than a decade with ensembles including the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the United States Military Academy Band, the Metropolitan Opera, the Bolshoi Opera, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra/Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestral Association, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Italy.     

      His training and degrees in filmmaking, media, and communication are from Syracuse University.  He is the creator of several video documentaries on subjects in poetry, music, and literature, with broadcast and distribution by the National Educational Television Association/PBS, Barr Films, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), and Coronet Film & Video.  His work has won awards from the American Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, International Film and Television Festival of New York, National Monitor Awards of New York, and U.S. Film and Video Festival, Chicago.          

      His gallery work in art video has appeared in well over one hundred solo, invitational and juried exhibitions.  National and international venues include the Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis/New York; Hun Gallery, New York; Art in General, New York; Oerebro International Videoart Festival, Sweden; Vetlanda Museum, Sweden; artvideoKOELN, Germany; Los Angeles Center for Contemporary Art; Kansas City Artists Coalition; Union Street Gallery, Chicago; Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago; Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas; California Museum of Photography; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana; Athens Institute for Contemporary Art; Dallas Center for Contemporary Art; CEPA Gallery; Target Gallery; Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art; Pennsylvania School of Art & Design; South Shore Art Center/Boston Cyberarts Festival; and Georgia Museum of Art/University of Georgia.

      His poetry has been published in Heartland!; Kansas Time + Place; and The Heartland Review, where he is the winner of the 2019 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize.  His poems also appear in the 2019 chapbook of ekphrastic poetry published by the South Bend Museum of Art.