Born in Santa Barbara in 1973, Michael Long has been interested in creating art from found objects for the past 30 years. His reuse of discarded, recycled and unwanted things has been a focal point of his overall work. Collage and assemblage have been mediums that allow him a platform to re-create images and objects from his dreams and imagination.

In Michael’s latest series, working with vintage paper and hand-built wooden boxes, he re-examines reoccurring dreams and nightmares by re-creating these scenes that have been with him since childhood. These “dream boxes” represent a time and place that only exists in the mind; they are psychological movie sets drawn from a beautiful and sometimes dark place.

Michael’s background is in education and liberal arts. He taught art at the Westside Boys and Girls Club in Santa Barbara and was an elementary school teacher before co-founding the Rondo, a co-op gallery and artist workspace in Santa Barbara, California.

Selected Exhibitions


Sullivan-Goss, "Extra Curricular in the Funk Zone", Santa Barbara, California
SBTC Gallery, "Paper", Santa Barbara, California – Honorable Mention
Sol Hill Studio Gallery, "View With a Room", Santa Barbara, California


Studio 121, "Selected Assemblage and Collage", Santa Barbara, California


SBTC Gallery, "Shoe/Stiletto", Santa Barbara, California – Best in Show


Ganna Walska Lotusland, "FLOCK: Birds on the Brink", Montecito, California


The Arts Fund Gallery, "Specimen", Santa Barbara, California
Art From Scrap, "One Night Stand", Santa Barbara, California