Michael Taylor’s exceptional career in visual arts and education spans forty seven years. It is evidenced by peer recognition through scholarships and grants from such prestigious organizations as Fulbright-Hayes Research Grant to Sweden and Central Europe; National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship; New York State Foundation for the Arts Grant; New York State Council for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant; The Thord-Gray Fellowship of the American-Scandinavian Foundation; Korean – American Cultural Exchange, Samsung - Corning Foundation; Grand Prize - International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan; Dansforth Foundation for Humanities Grant; United States Department of Information Services, Cultural Specialist Award, Mexico; Portuguese - American Foundation Grant.
Taylor was head of the Glass Department at Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences in New York for twenty years and served in the Visual Arts Department at Vanderbilt University in Peabody College nine years prior in Tennessee.
His work is represented in the following permanent collections: The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; National Collection of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Fundacion Centro National Del Vidrio, Segovia, Spain; Bardudvarnok - Bardibukk Center for Glass Studies, Bardibukk, Hungary; Racine Museum of Art, Racine, Wisconsin; Luce Center for American Art, Washington, DC; Ogden Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana; Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, Kentucky; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; Sung - Jin Glass Museum, Kimpo, Korea; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York; Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington; Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, New York; National Museum of Glass, Marina Grande, Portugal; Kurokabe Glass Museum, Nagahama, Japan; Notojima Museum of Art, Notojima Japan; Del Vedrio Vidricra, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico; Glas Museum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark; Vitro Corporation, San Pedro, Garcia, Garcia, N.L. Mexico; Kanazawa City Museum, Kanazawa, Japan; Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Kawasaki-Shi, Japan; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; Alternative Sculpture Space, New York, New York; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Coca Cola Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia; Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee; Eastman Kodak Corporation, Rochester, New York; Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, Delaware; National Museum of Glass, Leerdam, Netherlands; Kunsthaus Am Museum, Köln, Germany; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum fur Kunslhaniwerk, Frankfurt, Germany; Standard Oil Corporation, Chicago, Illinois; The Lannon Foundation, San Francisco, California; Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany; Düsseldorf Museum of Art, Düsseldorf, Germany; Cohn Museum of Art, Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee; University of Texas, El Paso, Texas; Citibank NA, Rochester, NY and many other public and private collections.