Robert John Mihovil is a Galveston/Houston freelance photographer whose work has achieved national recognition through its use in news and general interest publications, advertisements, annual reports, illustrated brochures, membership directories, political campaigns, travel guides and web sites.
Mihovil’s photographs have appeared in news and feature articles for Coastal Living, National Geographic, Newsweek, Offshore, People, Smithsonian, Texas Highways, Texas Journey, Texas Monthly and Time. The Austin American Statesmen, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, New York Times, also have published his work.
Mihovil supplied the cover and many of the photographs for the book Lore, Legend & Downright Lies - Galveston, American National - One hundred Years of Service 1905-2005 and A Sacred Journey - Christus St. Joseph Hospital 1887-2006.
Mihovil is a contributor to Texas Highways magazine with multiple cover images in the last several years including the Galveston Mardi Gras Parade (back cover), Fireworks Over Kemah (wrap-around cover), the Battleship Texas (back cover), the Kemah Boardwalk (cover), Hot Air Balloons (cover), Six Flags (back cover), Texas Surfing (cover), Boat Blitz (cover) and Snow at Ashton Villa for the Windows on Texas section. Texas Highways magazine also published eight pages of photographs of Mihovil's Galveston portfolio.
With 20,000 Galveston stock color photographs in his files, including the major attractions, events and destinations, he maintains one of the most extensive selections of up-to-date stock images of the area.
For over twenty-five years, Mihovil has provided imagery for advertising campaigns for the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.
Mihovil designed and produced a 24x36 inch poster of Historic Galveston Island titled “Old World Charm” and an 11.75x36 inch poster titled "Imagine A Romantic Island". Both art posters are sold locally.
The Galveston Chamber of Commerce chose Mihovil to illustrate the cover of the 2009-2010 Directory with his image titled "The Road Back" as well as the Newcomer's Guide with his image "Galveston Island…the Legend Continues".
His color photographs were selected for the 2008-9 annual report for Martin Midstream Partners, L.P.
His photograph titled “The Road Back - The Galveston Causeway” was chosen by AT&T The Real Yellow Pages, for the 2009 Galveston Telephone Directory.
Each summer, Mihovil serves as a photography instructor for Texas A&M at Galveston, teaching Sea Camp Coastal Photography for ages 13-18, www.tamug.edu/seacamp and Elderhostel (Exploritas) Digital Photography for ages 55 and over, www.roadscholar.org.
A few samples of Mihovil’s photographic artwork are: The Pier, Figurehead, Old Red, Sacred Heart, The 1894 Grand Opera House and Big Reef Nature Park. The prints are produced using an archival photographic watercolor process. Signed photographic watercolor prints are for sale at the Sealy Artist's Loft Gallery at 2326 Strand, Suite 200, the Texas Seaport Museum www.tsm-elissa.org, Arts & Frames frame shop, the Mosquito Café restaurant and Gaido's Seafood Restaurant gift shop. Prints also can be ordered in various sizes directly online at www.mihovil.com.
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Mihovil majored in photography and was awarded a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1980. After graduation, he worked as a staff photographer for five years at the Galveston Daily News. Upon leaving the newspaper, Mihovil established his own photography studio, where he continues to cover assignments for a diverse clientele.
An active member of the Galveston community, Mihovil is the Program Chairman, Crime Watch Director and the President of the University Area Neighborhood Association. Mihovil also currently serves on the Galveston Community Recovery Committee to help rebuild Galveston after Hurricane Ike and serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Galveston National Laboratory at UTMB.