I am an artist, cultural organizer, curator, and writer with nearly two decades of experience producing exhibitions and artist-centered programs for arts institutions in New York City. From 2008 - 2018, I was Founding Director of EFA Project Space, an experimental, cross-disciplinary exhibition program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA), where I supported the work of over 500 artists and independent curators. While at EFA, I also founded the “SHIFT” Residency for Arts Workers (now in its 10th year) that nurtures the creative practices of artists who work for the arts: a cause very close to my heart. Prior to EFA, I was Program Manager of International Print Center New York (IPCNY), running their New Prints Program and working alongside the Founder/Director during the pivotal first years (2000- 2008).  In other chapters of my life, I have been a studio assistant to a blue-chip artist, an elementary art teacher, and a writer for a once-popular, now defunct arts blog. I have been an ongoing consultant with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) as a workshop leader and artist mentor/coach, and am a member of the EFA Project Space Advisory Council.

My ever-evolving art practice combines media, storytelling, research, and performance. In 2018, I stepped away from full-time institutional work to pursue a large-scale research and performance project abroad – one that continues to take shape in very exciting ways ( I'd love to tell you all about it!). This experience showed me the full extent of my professional skills when applied to my own creative work, and how my particular experience can be of great value to other artists. 

 

ABOUT MICHELLE