Michael Joseph Winkler is a visual/conceptual artist. His work is based on a process which generates abstract visualizations of the alphabetic code underlying the spelling of words. Although he produces works in a variety of media including drawings, paintings, and installations; he is best known for his published work. His early books: “Regular Words” (1982), “Word Art / Art Words (1985), “An Artist’s Statement” (1986), “Equivalents” (1987), and “Extreme Measures” (1989) are in major museum collections throughout the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They are also included in the special collections of major university libraries. His work has appeared in other publications ranging from the book, “Imagining Language” to the newsletter of a coalition of researchers studying the origins of language: The Pleistocene Coalition. His awards include: a Visual Artists Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; A Special Projects Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; a LINE II Association Book Award; and a Special Members Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers.