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Margreet Beemsterboer left a comment for Mike Dickau
"Hi Mike, Your bundle A&P arrived in The Netherlands once more... So many eyes saw it... and it even came to me twice! So I thought : time to go home. I posted the many eyed envelope yesterday. Hope you receive it in good health. Regards, Margreet"
May 27, 2023
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"Oh, and btw...., Your Add & Pass came by too. I added and passed them along to Germany (Elke Grundmann)... Hope you see them in time. Regards, Margreet"
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Margreet Beemsterboer left a comment for Mike Dickau
"Good day, Mike, Just to let you know that I found your address somewhere in Add & Pass and that MA + Add&Pass from Sil Dubois is on itsw way to you from Holland. OPreview? See photo's I posted. Have a nice day! Margreet"
Mar 24, 2023
Bradford commented on Mike Dickau's photo


"How much more relevant is this in 2021 than it was when posted 12 years ago?"
May 10, 2021
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Mail-Artist since:
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Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
I have exhibited art since the '60's. I was invited to participate in a Mail Art project and I was immediately hooked. It is simply a part of my life.
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MIKE DICKAU: Artist's Statement

My interest in art has been a lifelong journey that has allowed me to blend many interests and mediums. Throughout my childhood, I enjoyed drawing and painting. A fascination with the natural world led me to study science and mathematics. I prepared for a career as a mathematics/science teacher first at UCLA then UC Davis. My interest in art was revived in my 3rd year at UCLA where I studied art and design. I spent a summer working in a print shop before I began teaching in Los Angeles. During that time I was exposed to the process of printing (offset and  xerography), photo reproduction, and binding. 

In the summer of 1976, I studied ceramic sculpture at UC Davis with David Gilhooly and later with Robert Arneson. I began to exhibit my sculpture in 1977. In 1978, I purchased my first 35mm camera to take photographs of my art and I soon became interested in photography as an art form. When I purchased a computer, I became interested in editing and printing photographs for different purposes.

I use a variety of film as well as digital cameras to produce my photographs. My photocollages include frames from movies, filmstrips, video captures, scanned drawings, paintings, objects, and photocopier prints.

My photographs and graphics have been in restaurants, galleries, museums, newspapers, and books. My photos and graphics were used by Bill Griffith in eleven of his Zippy the Pinhead comics, appeared (Ken Burns-style) in the Discovery Channel's "World's 10 Best Roadside Attractions", and won the First Annual Money Talks Tacky Advertising Column Filler Award in the San Francisco Chronicle. Exhibits I have been involved with have sometimes been praised, had work censored (once in Lincoln, California), and was visited by the Secret Service at Columbia College's Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. 

My life as an artist has been pure joy. I have participated in the Mail Art world since the mid-80's. I design, print, and perforate artistamps and add and pass collages which are sent all over the world.  It has allowed me to develop concepts, network with artists, and to develop new communication skills as technology progresses. Ideally, this world is democratic, collaborative, devoid of commercialism, and pro-creativity. My collaborative efforts with artist/author John Held, Jr. led to the "Back to the Russian Futurists" show at the Mayakovsky Museum in Moscow, Russia in 2003 as well as other venues in Russia, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, and South Korea. Our collaborative works have also appeared on Russian and American television, the Internet, and in print. 

I don't care for high art/low art, digital/analog, primitive/high-tech, or commercial/non-commercial considerations. All of them have something to offer. Subject matter has largely been autobiographical and all over the map. Decades of looking through microscopes, telescopes, and cameras has given me a particular set of visual predilections. Editing video, copier art, photographs, and sound files has given me a way to deal with my interests, inner life, and reality.


Since 1966 in over 270 shows locally, nationally (26 states), and internationally (20 countries) including:

* Memorial Union, UC Davis

* Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA

* Candy Store Gallery, Folsom, CA

* A Gallery-Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA

* Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

* San Francisco Airport: Terminal Connector Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

* Crocker Art Museum Sculpture Park, Sacramento, CA

* Hoffman Gallery, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR

* School of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

* KuRo, Nurnberg, West Germany

* Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA 

* National Museum of Beaux Arts, Havana, Cuba

* The Design Gallery, UC Davis

* The Ink People Center for the Arts, Eureka, CA

* Kawasaki IBM Citizens' Cultural Gallery, Kawasaki City, Japan

* Soloman Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA

* Todd Hughes Fine Art, South Pasadena, CA

* Mayakovsky Museum, Moscow, Russia

* Cultural Center BUZ, Minden Germany

* A. S. Popov Central Museum of Communications, St. Petersburg, Russia

* Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA

* Atelier Berner, Paris, France

* Academy of Fine Arts, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

* TAC, Eindhoven, The Netherlandss

* Hari's Gallery, Jeju, South Korea


Studied at UCLA (1962-1965); UC Davis (B.A. Zoology, 1966); UC Davis (Secondary Teaching Credential, 1967); various summer sessions, workshops, and coursework at UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, CSU Sacramento, and CSU San Jose (1968-1979)



Los Angeles City School District (1967-1970) 

Grant Joint Union High School District (1970-1999)


* Taught filmmaking for one semester

* Taught mathematics and science


* Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award

* NSF Grant (mathematics)

* CTIIPS Grant (to purchase lenses, laser and holography materials)

* Several art awards  from these organizations or galleries: Placer Art League, Nepenthe Mundi Society, Sacramento Regional Arts Council, California Arts League, Placer County Fair, League of Carmichael Artists, Northern California Arts, Inc., Design Gallery (UC Davis), Ink People Center for the Arts


Many private collections in North America, Europe, and Japan; MOMA (NY), Pompideau Center (Paris), Swedish Consulate (San Francisco CA), UCLA Library, The Modern Realism Archives, University of Buffalo Poetry/Rare Books Collection, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and the National Postal Museum


Over 100 entries including these selections:

-----,----. Captioned photo. Santa Monica Independent, 1970.

Adams, Kevin. Review of exhibition, Inside Art, June, 1977.

Johnson, Charles. "Local Galleries Exhibit Some Top-Notch Work,"  Sacramento Bee, November, 1977.

Garfinkel, Ada. "Top Artists Display Wares at 'Ceramic Forecast'," Independant-Journal (San Rafael), December 1979.

Fries, Julia. "A Review-Ceramic Show," Point Reyes Light, December, 1980.

Morch, Al. "The Airport Cafe-no tab, no tip, no eating," San Francisco Examiner, April, 1986.

Forney, Darrell. "Mike Dickau- Captain Biology," A Magazine of the Arts-On the Wing, November, 1988.

Dickau, Mike. "Captain Biology Predicts...," Third International Cartoon Symposium Exhibition Catalog, Kagoshima City, Japan, 1988.

Dickau, Mike. "Rebus," Half- Life Network 8, Glassboro, NJ, McLean, 1989.

Dickau, Mike. "Don't Mess with Me, Even! I Gotta New Suit!," Visual and Experimental Poetry, Bulgaria, Sarieff, 1991.

Dickau, Mike. "America's Favorite Poetry (As Seen on TV)," 6th Annual ISCA Quarterly Bookworks Issue Box-O-Books, New York, Neaderland, 1991.

Hill, Laura Weir and Scott. "Ceramics of the First Order on Display in Davis," The Davis Enterprise Weekend, April, 1993. Photo by Mike Dickau.

Henderson, Lisa. "Design Gallery's International  Mask Competition "Face the Nation II" Reveals Suprises," Arts Update, Woodland, CA, 1995.

----,----. "Making Faces," UC Davis Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 4, 1995.

----,----. Who's Who in America 1997-2007, Marquis Who's Who-Reed Reference Publishing Company, New Providence, NJ

----,----. Who's Who in the World 1997-2007, Marquis Who's Who-Reed Reference Publishing Company, New Providence, NJ

Axis of Evil: Perforated Praeter Naturam, Qualiatica Press, Chicago IL, 2004

Dickau, Mike and Held Jr, John. We'll Chop His Suey When He's Gone, Redfoxpress, Dugort, Achil Island, County Mayo, Ireland, 2008.

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At 6:52am on May 27, 2023, Margreet Beemsterboer said…

Hi Mike,

Your bundle A&P arrived in The Netherlands once more... So many eyes saw it... and it even came to me twice! So I thought : time to go home.

I posted the many eyed envelope yesterday. Hope you receive it in good health.



At 9:30am on March 24, 2023, Margreet Beemsterboer said…

Oh, and btw...., Your Add & Pass came by too. I added and passed them along to Germany (Elke Grundmann)... Hope you see them in time.

Regards, Margreet

At 9:26am on March 24, 2023, Margreet Beemsterboer said…

Good day, Mike,

Just to let you know that I found your address somewhere in Add & Pass and that MA + Add&Pass from Sil Dubois is on itsw way to you from Holland. OPreview? See photo's I posted.

Have a nice day!


At 10:54am on January 18, 2016, Carlos I. Botana said…


Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez
Size: Free
Technique: Free
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Exhibition: September, 2016
No sales. No jury. No return
The work is publisehed in the "blog": mailartlasmeninasdecanido.blogspot.com
Send your work to:
Carlos I. Botana
C/. Javier López López
Nº 11 - portal 2 - 3º E
15009 - A Coruña - Spain
At 1:40pm on January 20, 2015, Jay Block said…

Would love to start trading works... the clown stamp is fantastic.

At 8:12pm on December 25, 2013, Bruno Cassaglia - mailartist said…

At 7:11pm on June 28, 2013, El Taller de Zenon said…

Artistamps Sheets Exhibition

Exhibition of received works. El Taller de Zenon. Artistamps Sheets Call.


At birth, stamps live all together in a sheet and they come away from it when they become adults...Create one or more than one stamps sheet. Any theme, any medium.The "Taller de Zenon" will send you some of his own sheets recently done and all the received stamps sheets will be exhibited in this blog.

Size: A4 or A5. Any medium.

Any theme (See some suggestions)

Send to:
Miguel Jimenez - El Taller de Zenón C/ Santa Maria de Guia 1 - 4C ES-41008 Sevilla, España

Eroticism always had been one of the motors of human being ¿Is it still a motor at the present time? ¿Was it affected by the actual global crisis? Consider the option to work about eroticism as a theme in all the possible ways, the requiered size is suitable to develop it, and it will be interesting to prove how the actual crisis is affecting eroticism in connection with Postal Art.

At 9:01am on February 1, 2013, Dean aka Artist in Seine said…

Dear Mike,

      We are having a Banana Mail call for the following events.  

February 21 World Banana Day .

February 23 International Banana Bread Day in Candace Canada    

     Let me know if you want to be put on the list.     You can send to as many people on the list as you want.

     The goal is to try to have your piece arrive on the day of 21 or 23 February.

Go Bananas


At 4:01pm on November 16, 2012, Valentine Mark Herman said…

Dear Cap'n, Hey! sailor, I just got an envelope full of mail art goodies from you, and am off now to the Playland Fun House and the longest slide in the world (how long is it I wonder?) Hélas, I missed your Shimo 2nd Reception, sorry. But do, please invite me to the 3rd one. Did you exhibit just one digital collage (as the invitation card implies) or many?

 The collage add and pass thing will come back to you one day.

But before that, a French (postal, of course) letter will be on its way to you next week.

Have a good  arty weekend!

Regards, Val

At 6:09am on November 11, 2012, Valentine Mark Herman said…

Bonjour mon Capitain!

Look at the photo 'Valentine' posted by Niklas heed, and you'll have a pleasant surprise;

Bon dimanche, Val



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