Michelle Mantsio is a practicing artist, working across media in the form of installation, video and textiles. Michelle has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Europe, South America, Canada and the United States. She has studied and worked overseas in the UK, Netherlands and Greece, in addition to curating various exhibitions with local, regional, national and international artists.
Michelle has been the Visual Arts Co-ordinator of the Academy of Design Australia since 2010. Through her participation in Clementine Deliss’ Future Academy, Michelle’s approach to art education is to explore the proximal relationship and potential between art and design in contemporary society. She challenges her students to explore: “What do you need to be an artist?”, “What can you do without?” and “How might this change over time?”.
Michelle is the recipient of LCI Teaching Excellence Award, Academy of Design and LCI Education Network, Melbourne (2016 and 2017) for her outstanding contribution to the arts education of Australian students.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours and a Master of Art in Public Space. She is currently completing her PhD exploring the use of repetition and pattern to track the body through contemporary art practices.
Michelle has undertaken exchanges to Goldsmiths, University of London (2008 and 2010) and has participated in numerous think tanks, workshops and residencies. These range from Clementine Deliss in Future Academy and Sense Lab with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning, to the Notation workshop with Hannah Mathews and, most recently, the Body as Site residency with Lucy and Jorge Orta and Annie Fletcher.
Michelle has presented papers in Australia and overseas in addition to being a member of the writing collective Stamm. Michelle has been longlisted for the Celeste Prize 2017 and is the recipient of the Banff Centre Artists Award, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada (2017). She has co-curated Vis Com, an international exchange project with Colombia (2013-2015); and is currently a member of the Kinomatics Project: a research group which collects, explores, analyses and represents data about the creative industries.
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