About the Artist
Michelle Rene’ Cobb is an award winning American born painter and graphic designer who has lived and worked in New York City, Chadds Ford, PA and Washington DC. Her career began as a designer for Time Life where she designed and illustrated over 35 Time Life Books, and later became the first Black Promotion Art Director for Sports Illustrated magazine. At Sports Illustrated she designed and art directed promotional and advertising campaigns for the Olympics, NBA, US. 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. She later served as the Communications Director for Sanford School in Delaware, where she designed major marketing and advertising campaign materials, a bi-monthly magazine, and shaped the school branding. Earlier in her career she served as an assistant animator of the feature length film, Raggedy Anne and Andy.
Her painting career began in the early 90s where she began to intensely studied oil painting in the Brandywine Valley with the late master painter, Edward Loper, Sr. With Edward Loper she learned to master the techniques of plein air painting and develop her unique sense of color. Focusing on direct observation, she captures the beauty and atmosphere of her environment. Michelle René has been invited to paint for serval prestigious artist residencies around the world including in West Africa, Canada, France, Italy, and Spain.
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 traditional and digital studies at Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Corcoran College of Art and Design, and United Digital Artists.
Michelle René has taught art and design at the university and high school level for over 25 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, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Michelle René is currently teaching painting at the Smithsonian, is Chair of the Studio Art Department at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC and serves as an AP Reader for the College Board.
2017 • Solo Show – Woman’s National Democratic Club • Washington, DC
2016 • Group Show, Can Serrat, Spain
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
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.
Art Safari, West Africa
Quebec City, Canada
Les Tapies, France
El Bruc, Spain
Martha’s Vineyard, MA