Mike Steinhauer is a photographer, conceptual artist, blogger and arts administrator. He is keenly interested in the urban environment—in particular the relationship between past and present use of space, the correlation between cultural property and the environment in which it is placed, and the interaction between viewer and object.
Mike is the past director of the Bytown Museum where he led the organization through a critical time of strategic planning and introduced an expanded exhibitions program. He was responsible for several important exhibitions and catalogues including Hidden Treasures from the Bytown Museum, the museum’s first major exhibition devoted to its permanent collection, and Justin Wonnacott: Somerset, the museum’s first exhibition of contemporary photography.
Since moving to Ottawa in 2003, Mike has worked at the National Gallery of Canada, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. He’s currently employed by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, and a Diploma (Honours) in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario. Mike commenced a Master’s Program in Art History from the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University in September of 2013.
Mike is the past President of the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and past Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Museum Network. He sat on the Board of Directors of SAW Gallery and is the Co-Founder of VanierNow.
All images © Mike Steinhauer, 2017