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Member: Michelle Levi
As a first generation American whose parents arrived in the U.S. from Algeria, family picnics at the beach were routine. Every Sunday the entire family, my grandparents, great aunts, uncles, and cousins would gather with a pot luck style lunch including many North African recipes. I remember large family gatherings with plenty of laughter and conversations filled with nostalgia for the place they were forced to leave. Growing up in Miami afforded me the opportunity to experience many cultures, customs, and speak a few languages. Early on I acquired a love of art and art history. Taking art classes throughout school, I knew that I wanted to include art in my career choice. As an art educator, I witnessed the impact that self expression had on art students young and old. I believe that my years working as an art teacher has influenced the work I am currently creating.
As a Miami native, Michelle’s work is inspired by sunshine and saturated color. Growing up in a French family where travel to France was a summer ritual, Michelle’s curiosity for art and culture began early. She received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Art Education from Florida International University. Inspiring creativity with students in underserved communities, including young adults with intellectual disabilities has enabled Michelle to share her passion for art and art history. In addition to teaching art, Michelle maintained a business painting murals in both public and private spaces. Currently living in Charlotte, N.C., Michelle is a docent at The Mint Museum and facilitates art workshops for pediatric patients and their caretakers at Levine Childrens Hospital. Michelle’s paintings and mixed-media works have been included in juried exhibits locally including McColl Center and in California at Las Laguna Gallery.