Initiating his studies in the Midwest (Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Kansas), Michael Hengler eventually set out to work in the master's glass studios of Italy, the Czech Republic and Malta. Hengler ultimately moved back to the U.S. and worked at various studios, from Boston to Oregon. He settled in Eugene, Oregon for five years where he was Director at the Eugene Glass School, taught secondary students torch-working, and received a one year Artist in Residence that resulted in a solo exhibition at the George Kjaer Gallery. He then moved to Oahu to begin his Graduate degree at the University of Hawaii-Manoa where he received a full scholarship, a M.F.A., and numerous grants and awards. He was awarded another Artist in Residence in Auckland, New Zealand which culminated in a solo exhibition at Masterworks Gallery, followed by another fellowship at Wheaton Arts in Millville, N.J. He has worked for Princeton University, performed at The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, taught numerous workshops, and has artwork in collections around the world. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Glass and 3D Arts at the University of Montana Western.