Michele Jaquis

is a socially engaged, interdisciplinary artist and educator who examines the complexities within personal relationships, identity, language and communication. Originally from the east coast (NY & FL), she relocated to Los Angeles in 2000 after receiving her MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, and her BFA in sculpture and experimental studio with a minor in psychology from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. Her work has been shown internationally at venues such as Dallas Video Fest: Expanded Cinema, Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica, Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Los Angeles, Art at 12 in Boston, SoundWalk in Long Beach, Freewaves 11th Biennial Film, Video and New Media Arts Festival in Hollywood, Palm Beach ICA in FL, Exit Art in New York City, ReelHeArt International Film Festival in Toronto, Victoria Independent Film Festival in Sebastapol, Austrailia. Awards include three Otis College of Art and Design Faculty Development Grants, 2009 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, and Best Documentary at the 2008 Director's Chair Film Festival in Staten Island. Michele has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Cal Sate Long Beach, UC Riverside, and Otis College of Art and Design where she is currently Associate Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Artists Community and Teaching Program. Michele is also co-founder, with Jeremy J. Quinn, of the bi-coastal collective Rise Industries and a collaborating member of both the People's Microphony Camerata and NEIGHBORGAPBRIDGE.