Michael O’Malley was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in northern California. He went to high school in Colorado and received an B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.  After extensive travels, and receiving a B.F.A from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, he did his graduate studies at Stanford University, where he received an M.F.A.  While at Stanford he focused on large-scale installations that altered perceptual and social situations of the body.  Since graduate school his work has focused on engaging the aesthetics and conventions that shape the built environment.   In his latest work, ideas about social practice, community and sustainable art practice have become his focus.  He is  Professor of Art at Pomona College, in Claremont, California.