Michael Gene Strahan is an artist from Beaumont, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (1994) from the Atlanta College of Art and his Master of Fine Arts degree (2003) at the University of Houston. He was the recipient of the Award for Painting at the Atlanta College of Art Senior Exhibition in 1994. At the University of Houston, he received the Bunker Graduate Fellowship in Art in 2001 as well as the Elizabeth Lucille Szymanski and Marritt Smith Faris Scholarship in 2002. In 2004 he was awarded an Individual Artist Project Grant by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County. As a painter, he has been involved in a number of group exhibitions in the Atlanta and Houston area. He has also exhibited abroad.