Mike Olenick

Adjunct Faculty
Master of Fine Arts

United States

Mike Olenick has a background in photography and his work focuses on memories, reproduction, appropriation, transformation, and forbidden desire. His films have screened at Slamdance, Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Palm Springs ShortFest, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, and the World Wide Video Festival; streamed on MUBI; and won awards at the Slamdance, Ann Arbor, and Chicago Underground film festivals. He recently started turning his photographs into jigsaw puzzles, seven of which were featured at an exhibition at Temple Contemporary in Philadelphia.

For nearly fifteen years Mike was a video editor in the Film/Video Studio residency program at the Wexner Center for the Arts; he now manages that program’s archive. He’s worked as an editor on projects for Guy Maddin (“Keyhole,” “The Forbidden Room,” and “Seances”), the Quay Brothers, Sadie Benning, Andrea Fraser, and Lucy Raven, among others. Since 2003 he has edited numerous films for Jennifer Reeder, including “A Million Miles Away,” which screened Sundance. He also edited her feature “Knives and Skin,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is distributed by IFC Midnight. Several projects he has edited are in the collections of major museums including MoMA, the Guggenheim, and the Tate.

Mike has an MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Media Studies from CCAD. He’s been a juror for Slamdance, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Roy G Biv Gallery. He’s received several Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, and in 2016 he was awarded a fellowship at the inaugural Shudder Labs. Mike is currently developing the script for his first feature film.


MFA Thesis Advisor