Michele Jaquis is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and academic administrator based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been exhibited in alternative spaces, galleries and museums and film/video festivals across the US and in Australia, Canada, Ireland, England, New Zealand and South Korea. Awards include a Spring 2018 Sabbatical and 2016, 2014, and 2011 Faculty Development Grants from Otis College of Art and Design, 2009 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, 2009 Voice Award Nomination sponsored by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Best Documentary in the 2008 Director’s Chair Film Festival in Staten Island, NY. She was recently featured in KCET's "Artist-Mothers: Where to Find Them and Who Supports Them."
Jaquis holds an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, a BFA in sculpture and experimental studio with a minor in psychology from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and also studied at Brown University and Burren College of Art. She is currently Associate Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Artist, Community Teaching Program at Otis College of Art and Design where she oversees all undergraduate minors while engaging students in collaborating with each other and various community partners.
I strive to make work that is a balance between an effort to engage the audience, both physically and emotionally, and a practice of reflecting upon my observations and experiences. Trained in the expanded field of sculpture (installation, video, performance art), I combine strategies of conceptual art, documentary and social practice to examine the complexities within personal and social relationships, identity, language and communication, resulting in a range of image-based, text-based, object-based, time-based and engagement-based projects.