The Artist

Michelle Montague is a mixed media artist based in Toronto, Canada. Drawing and painting for nearly 20 years, Michelle spent her formative years in Edmonton and Windsor before returning to Toronto in 1996. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ontario College of Arts and Design (now OCADU). Michelle has exhibited in the Greater Toronto Area in galleries and public spaces such as Gallery 1313, The Papermill Gallery, Metro Hall, Mississauga Heritage Centre and The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Michelle’s work has also exhibited in Montreal at the Le Canal Gallery – Montreal Art Centre, where she was awarded Best in Show for her Organic Series.

Michelle’s work involves themes about Nature, life energy and the process of rejuvenation. Her current body of work explores the experience and understanding of these themes. Depicting a series of cell-like organisms alternating between growth and decay, the viewer explores the dance of light and dark elements striving to achieve balance.

Michelle is a member of Gallery 1313 located in Toronto, where she lives and works.

Education:
2007  Ontario College of Arts & Design, BFA – Fine Arts
1999  Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology, Business Administration – Marketing

Solo Exhibitions:
2015  A Matter of Expression, Cell Gallery, Gallery 1313, Toronto CAN
2014  Sanctum, Cell Gallery, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CAN
2013  Organics, Process Gallery, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CAN
2012  Microcosm, Cell Gallery, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CAN
2010  Dreamscapes, Maria Shchuka Library, Toronto, CAN
2009  Mythological Landscapes, Impressions Art Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2009  Ontario for Higher Education, The Toronto Star Building, Toronto, CAN
2008  Art in the Workplace, Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto, CAN

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016  Collective 19, Gallery 1313, Curator- Phil Anderson, Toronto, CAN
2016  My World, Our World, Smith Zone Gallery, Lakeshore Arts, Etobicoke, CAN
2015  Explorations, The Papermill Mill Gallery, Curator, Rupert Young, Toronto, CAN
2014  Vernissage, The Spoke Club, Curator- Rupert Young, Toronto, CAN
2014  Days of Summer, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CAN
2014  Summer Art Showcase, Le Canal Gallery, Montreal Art Centre, Curator- Rupert Young, Montreal, CAN
2013  “13” Gallery 1313 Members Exhibit, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CAN
2013  Art Walk North, Mel Lastman Square, Toronto, CAN
2013  15TH Annual Riverdale Art Walk and Preview, Hangman Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2013  Elgin Wintergarden Group Exhibition, Curator- Rupert Young, Toronto, CAN
2012  Annual Holiday Studio Sale, artProfile, Curator- Rupert Young, Toronto, CAN
2012  Night Moves, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CAN
2011  Members of Gallery 1313 Exhibition, Cell Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2011  COLOURblind?, Oakville Town Hall, Mississauga Heritage Centre, Maple Public Library, Dufferin Public Library (touring)
2010  From the Soul, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, CAN
2010  COLOURblind?, Oakville Town Hall, Toronto City Hall, Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel Ottawa, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Development Centre, Mississauga Heritage Centre (touring)
2009  COLOURblind?, City Hall, Metro Hall, Scarborough Civic Centre, Oakville Town Hall, Dufferin Clark Library (touring)
2008  Roots to Rhythm, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, CAN
2008  Luminary Spot, Arta Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2008  Cultural Landscapes, ACA Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2008  COLOURblind?, Metro Hall, Vaughan Public Library, Scarborough Civic Centre, Mississauga Heritage Centre (touring)
2007  Nuit Blanche, ACA Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2007  Genius Loves Company Edition Two, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, CAN
2007  Habitat, ACA Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2007  Tour de Force, OCAD Graduate Exhibition, Toronto, CAN
2007  COLOURblind?, SPIN Gallery, Toronto, CAN, (touring)
2006  Art Affordable, Praxis Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2006  Toronto Artists’ Inspiration, 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Praxis Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2006  Reflections, ACA Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2006  Genius Loves Company Edition One, Arta Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2006  Abstract Is…, Arta Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2005  Much Silence Makes a Loud Noise, Ashanti Room, Toronto, CAN
2005  Human Rights Through Art Exhibition, Toronto, Halton, CAN, (touring)
2004  Mother Love, Ashanti Room, Toronto, CAN
2004  Human Rights Through Art Exhibition. Toronto, CAN, (touring)
2003  Thefirstannualholidaysale, le.gallery, Toronto, CAN
2003  Creating for the Cure Art Auction, York Event Theatre, Toronto, CAN
2003  The 4th Annual Millennium Artists Art Exhibition, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2003  Women’s Collective Show, OCAD Central Hall and Transit Space, Toronto, CAN
2000-03  Human Rights Through Art Exhibition, Toronto, CAN, (touring)
2000  Ontario College of Arts & Design Postcard Exhibition, Toronto, CAN

Awards:
2014  Best In Show, Summer Art Showcase, Le Canal Gallery, Montreal Art Centre, Montreal, CAN
2006  First Place, 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Praxis Gallery, Toronto, CAN

Related Experience, Community Involvement:
2015  Development Sub-Committee Member, Gallery 1313
2009  Artist Talk, Yorkville Art Walk, Impressions Art Gallery
2008  Artist Talk, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
2005-07  Six Ah Wi art collective, Artist Member and Print Media Coordinator
2005  Art Works Art School, Volunteer Teacher Assistant
2002, 2003  Guest Speaker, Valley Park Middle School

Bibliography:
Jul 2009  Artist Profile: Michelle Montague, Victoria Glizer, Dispatch –The Newsletter of CARFAC Ontario, Vol. 15, Issue 2
Jul 2008  Canvassing Cultural Ties, David Jager, NOW Magazine, Vol. 27 No. 48 Roots to Rhythm Art Exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum (catalogue)
Jun 2008  ROM Launches Roots to Rhythm, Royal Ontario Museum (news release)
Feb 2008  Artistic Souls (part 4), CityNews (work presented in television news series)
Sep 2007  Art Can Change the World, ACA Gallery (work presented in Gallery documentary)
Jan 2007  Toronto Art, A. Griffith, Exposé Entertainment Magazine, Vol. 1 Issue 4
Jan 2005  Art Exhibition Paints Human Rights in a Canadian Perspective, Toronto 1 Channel
Mar 2003  The Fourth Annual Millenium Art Auction, The New Leaders of the Sunnybrook & Women’s Foundation (charity auction catalogue)

Professional Affiliations:
CARFAC Ontario – www.carfacontario.ca
Gallery 1313 – www.g1313.org
Artists in Canada – www.artistsincanada.com