Michael Daft Bio and Artists Statement

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Good images should speak for themselves in their own language. I hope the images I’ve captured and worked speak to you and encourage you to look deeper, and to see more.

Michael C. Daft

Corporate Collections:

Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis,  Missouri

Circuit Attorney's Office, City of St. Louis, Missouri

Corporate Work:

B-Raines Construction and Roofing

Campbell House Museum

Hayward Baker Geotechnical Construction

Magic Chef Mansion, LLC


May/June 2016 : St. Louis at Home Magazine

June 2014 Photo included in "The City at 250: A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs"

2011 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Corporate Calendar

2007 Hippocrene, Washington University School of Medicine Arts Magazine

2007 Back cover portrait of author: “Strike Up the Band, A New History of Musical Theatre” by Scott Miller

March 2003 St. Louis Magazine

August 2001 Missouri Conservationist Magazine


January 2021: "Beyond the Lens XV" Framations Gallery, Jurors Amy Wilson & Sarah Merideth          Honorable Mention

December 2020: "Geometric by Design  II" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Mark Schatz

November 2020 "Art St. Louis XXXVI", Juror Meredith Malone

November 2020: "Collectors Choice XX" St. Louis Artists' Guild

September 2020: "Brilliant Color II" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Brian D. Smith

February 2020: "The City:  Interpreting the Urban Landscape " at Meramec Community College, Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery

January 2020: "Beyond the Lens XIV" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Abbey Hepner  Honorable Mention

November 2019: "Monochrome III" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Jane Barrow

October 2018: "Collectors Choice XVIII" St. Louis Artists' Guild

June 2018: "Colorless" Foundry Art Center, Juror Richard Sprengeler

March 2018: "Brilliant Color" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Terri Shay

January 2018: "Beyond the Lens XII" Framations Art Gallery, Juror David Johnson  Honorable Mention

October 2017: "Collectors Choice XVII" St. Louis Artists' Guild

January 2017: "Beyond the Lens XI" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Mark Appling Fisher,               Honorable Mention

November 2016: "130 All Media Exhibition", Juror Hannah Reeves

October 2016: "Collectors Choice XVI"  St. Louis Artists' Guild

January 2016: "Beyond the Lens X" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Dan Younger First Place

November 2015: "Monochrome II" Framations Art Gallery, Juror Bob Lagnas

October 2015:  "Collectors Choice XIV"   St. Louis Artists' Guild

June 2015: "Move! The Exhibition", St. Louis Artists' Guild, Juror Bryan Haynes

May 2015: Friends of Tower Grove Park - Picnic in the Park, Invitational Exhibit

April 2015: "From Light to Dark": Art St. Louis, Jurors David R. Hanlon and Katherine Nelson

January 2015: "Beyond the Lens IX" : Framations Art Gallery, Juror  Bill Barrett

December 2014: "Focus on the Details: Framations Art Gallery, Juror Terry Suhre  Second Place

November 2014 :  "Art at Des Peres Hospital"   Art St. Louis

November 2014 :  "Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition"   St. Louis Artists' Guild   Juror  Rusty Freeman

June 2014:   "Regional Summer Exhibition" St. Louis Artists' Guild Juror Najjar Abdul-Musawwir

June 2014 : "The City at 250: A Citywide Celebration in Photography"   The Sheldon Art Galleries

Winter 2014:   “Beyond the Lens VIII”   Framations Art Gallery, Juror  Mark Douglas Second Place and Honorable Mention

July 2013:  St. Louis Surgical Center

June 2013:  “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”  St. Louis Artist’s Guild  Juror Paula Katz

May 2013:  “Collector’s Choice XII”   St. Louis Artist’s Guild

January 2013:  “Photo Op”   St. Louis Artist’s Guild, Jurior  Daniel Farnum

December 2012:  “33 December”   Old Orchard Gallery

September 2010: "Water" Barnes-Jewish Hospital Siteman Cancer Center West

June 2008: "Three Historic Parks" Barnes-Jewish Hospital

September 2007:  North West Coffee in Clayton

April 2004: Donation of prints to The Compton Hill Water Tower Park and Preservation Society

May 1999:  Compton Heights home of Howard and Mary Sutherland

March 1998 :  North West Coffee in Central West End

Theater Work

Strut and Fret Productions

Citilites Theatre 

New Line Theatre 

Hydeware Theatre 

Metro Theater Company

West End Players Guild

House Tour Photographer

Grand South Grand House Tour: 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003,2002, 2001

Compton Heights House Tours: 2019, 2016, 2012 , 2008 , 2003 Parlor Tour, 2000 Parlor Tour

Poster photographer for Lafayette Square 2019 House Tour