Michelle Montague

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