About the Artist

In my work I seek to see life in a deeper way. My mentor Edward Loper, Sr. once said, “Looking and actually seeing are not the same thing. Seeing is a learned thing. It’s not a natural instinct, and once you’ve learned to see, the world will never look the same to you.”  

EDUCATION Michelle René’s formal education includes a Masters of Fine Art in Visual Communications from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Skidmore College. She completed additional studies at Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Corcoran College of Art and Design, and United Digital Artists. Her artist residencies include in-depth artistic studies in West Africa, Canada, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, for 15 years, she studied oil painting in the Brandywine Valley under her mentor, the late master painter, Edward Loper, Sr.

CAREER Michelle René is an award winning artist who’s career includes 13 years as a designer and art director for Time-Life, Inc. In addition to designing over 35 Time Life Books, she became the first Black Promotion Art Director for Sports Illustrated magazine where she designed and art directed promotional materials for the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, NBA, U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby, World Series, NCCA, Indy 500, and the SuperBowl.  Michelle René then launched her own graphic design firm in New York City which included the following clients; CBS, Bell Atlantic, Citibank, Time-Warner, Tony Brown’s Journal, United Negro College Fund, The Washington Post, National Council of Negro Women, Black Student Fund, Obama For America Campaign, Arthur Ashe Foundation, Yolanda Adams, The Black Student Fund, Terrie Williams Agency, and Wynton Marsalis. After leaving New York, she served as the Communications Director for Sanford School in Delaware, where she designed major fund raising campaign materials, a bi-monthly magazine, and all the campus signage. Early in her career she served as an  animator of the feature length film, Raggedy Anne and Andy.

PAINTING

Shows

2017 • Solo Show – Woman’s National Democratic Club  • Washington, DC
2015 • Solo Show – Woman’s National Democratic Club  • Washington, DC
2015 • Chevy Chase Women’s Club  • Chevy Chase, MD
2014 • Georgetown Day School Faculty Show  • Washington, DC
2013 • Harlem Fine Arts Show  • Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2013 • Chevy Chase Women’s Club  • Chevy Chase, MD
2012 • University of Utah AP Readers Studio Art Show • Salt Lake City, Utah
2011 • Montgomery College of Art Faculty Show • Takoma Park, MD
2011 • Women’s National Democratic Club  • Washington, DC
2011 • All Island Art Show • Martha’s Vineyard, MA • Honorable Mention
2010 • All Island Art Show • Martha’s Vineyard, MA
 • 2nd place Winner
2009 • All Island Art Show • Martha’s Vineyard, MA • Honorable Mention
2008 • All Island Art Show • Martha’s Vineyard, MA • Honorable Mention
2007 • All Island Art Show • Martha’s Vineyard, MA •
2008 • Venezuelan Embassy • Washington, DC
2008 • Art for Obama •  Washington, DC
2007 • All Island Art Show • Martha’s Vineyard, MA •Honorable Mention
2006 • All Island Art Show • Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2005 • National Black Fine Arts Show • New York, NY
2005 • Edward Loper and His Students • 
Orange Street Gallery • Wilmington, DE
2004 • Edward Loper and His Students • 
Orange Street Gallery • Wilmington, DE
2004 • White Linen Nights • 
Thelma Harris Gallery • Oakland, CA
2001 • Edward Loper and His Students  • 
River Front Museum • Wilmington, DE  

RECENT ACQUISITIONS
Duke Ellington Bridge and A Spring Day in Georgetown were recently acquired by the DC Commission on the Arts for their permanent Art Bank Collection. She is serving her 7th term with the College Board as an Advanced Placement Studio Art Reader.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
Art Safari, West Africa
Quebec City, Canada
Les Tapies, France
Umbria, Italy
El Bruc, Spain
Tuscany, Italy
Martha’s Vineyard, MA

 

EDUCATOR Michelle René has taught art and design at the university and high school level for over 20 years including launching the first computer graphics program at University of Maryland. She also taught art and design at University of Delaware, Montgomery College of Visual Art and Design, Delaware College of Art & Design, and Lincoln University, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and The Smithsonian Associates. Michelle René is currently the Chair of the Studio Art Department at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC.

 

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