Michelle O'Connell is a multidisciplinary artist and colorist who works in painting, video installation, film and photography. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and has exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions in the United States and in China, where she lived from 2007 to 2011. She received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and in China earned a certificate in the Chinese Art and Language program at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Wassaic Project and received a Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Painting Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Michelle has worked on collaborative projects with musical trio Tablatun, members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. She has also filmed and edited her own documentary shorts including “Sam,” a portrait of an Afghan immigrant who runs a successful tailor shop in the heart of Manhattan, and an on-going series about emerging visual artists in New York City. As a colorist she has most recently worked on the films "The Revolution of Plastic" and "Naomi Replansky at 100." 
MICHELLE O'CONNELL
b. Flemington, New Jersey
Lives and works in New York City

EDUCATION
Hunter College- MFA- Visual Arts- 2018
China Academy of Art- Chinese Art and Language Certificate- 2008
Maryland Institute College of Art- BFA- Painting- 2007

FILM CREDITS
The Revolution of Plastic - 2020 - colorist
Naomi Replansky at 100 - 2020 - colorist
Got Film? - 2020 - colorist

EXHIBITIONS
2020
November 2nd, M Street Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Mom and Pop's Millbrook Review, New Vernon, NJ 
Drawings in a Time of Social Distancing, online exhibition by LIC-A, New York, NY

2019 
Survey Dover Plains, 5 Harts Productions, Dover Plains, NY
Sun Sounds, Babycastles, New York, NY

2018 
Here and There, New York and Shenzhen, 205 Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition, 205 Hudson Gallery, New York, NY

2017 
Drawing Out, 80 WSE Performance Festival, New York, NY

2015 
Over the Bridge, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
We Are Queens, Falchi Building, Long Island City, NY
Winter Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 
Winter Secrets, Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Citi Bank Group Show, Citi Bank Building, Long Island City, NY

2013 
SOLO Guilin, I will be forever grateful., LIC Arts Open, Modern Spaces, Long Island City, NY
10x10, Reis Studios Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2010 
SOLO China Landscapes, Milton’s Place Gallery, Guilin, China

2009 
SOLO Travels Through China, Backstreet Gallery, Guilin, China

2007 
International Arts Juried Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Celebrating Zhejiang, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Big, Red, Portable, and Digital, collaborative installation, MICA, Baltimore, MD
Transcendent Tabla, Guitar, and Didgeridoo, collaborative project, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2006 
Inter/Arts Concert Lab Exhibition and Performance, collaboration with musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Brown Center, Baltimore, MD 
Transient Modern Landscape, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Visual Music, Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD

2005 
The Seven Doors of Bluebeard’s Castle, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD
Teacher Fly-In, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2004 
Settings and Sources, Goucher College, Towson, MD
Ferocious Beauty: The Human Genome Project, collaboration with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Falvey Hall, MICA, Baltimore, MD

RESIDENCIES
Vermont Studio Center (upcoming)
Wassaic Project

PRESS
Hyperallergic, Laughter and Tears in Hunter College's MFA Thesis Show, Zachary Small, May 25, 2018
Guilin Evening News, Inside the Picture There is Another Story, August 10, 2009
Baltimore City Paper, Inter/Arts Concert Lab with Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 30 No. 48, 2006

AWARDS
Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Painting Fellowship; Third place cash award and honorable mention in Celebrating Zhejiang; Selected finalist for the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Travel Grant; MICA Painting Recognition Award; Nora and Eugene Leake Scholarship in Painting; John J. Leidy Foundation Scholarship; Alumni Association Scholarship, National Art Honor Society Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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