about

I am a maker, a former public school art teacher, a parent and a citizen.  I organize socially engaged projects that start with my questions about access, connection, isolation, the passage of time, and the meditation in repetitive actions. I may knit with groups on oversized tabletop looms to make museum installations, kids finger crochet with me using used tshirts to make soft environments to sit, swing and play, or we may consider what we count while needlepointing tally marks on old linens.  Participants start by moving their hands, an antithetic approach to many educational models, but a mode deeply invested in women’s history. The flattened hierarchy of sitting around a table embraces sharing stories and laughter. The slight absurdity of the forms we are making gives a freedom to the actions and intentions of the participants, and perhaps an insight into contemporary art.

My studio work ranges from room sized installations to tiny embroidery, using form and language to explore my citizenship, my culpability and my frustrations,  These studios works often bring me to questions that lead me to a new social project, which leads me to another exploration in the studio and around and around.

 

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Selected Exhibitions

2018
Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
That’s What She Said Boehm Gallery, Palomar College San Marcos, California
Figure of Speech installation at San Diego International Airport
Dia de Mujer The Front/ Arte Cultura San Ysidro, California

2017
The Maker’s Eye Boehm Gallery, Palomar College San Marcos, California
New Contemporaries, San Diego Art Prize CM Curatorial, San Diego, California
DomesticACTion Art Produce Gallery, San Diego California
River Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California
Nasty Women Helmuth Projects San Diego, California

2016
Michelle Montjoy Sophies Gallery Kensington San Diego, California
UnRest: Carrie Minikel, Michelle Montjoy and Lissa Corona Linksoul Lab/Hill Street Country Club
Flat Earth Ship in the Woods, Escondido, California
Looking Back/Forward: 20 years of Art Produce Art Produce Gallery San Diego, California

2015
Cannon Invitational Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, California
So Many Hours in the Day PaseoTaos, Taos, New Mexico
so many hours in the day Art Produce Gallery San Diego, California
The Pit Bull Licked the Baby’s head and Scented it with Ham Rotunda installation Athenaeum Music and Arts Library La Jolla, California

2014
You Are the Doorway One Beat Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Twenty Second Annual Exhibition Athenaeum Music and Arts Gallery, La Jolla, California
2012
Michelle Montjoy and William Feeney Hanson Scott Gallery Seattle, Washington
2010 
wHole: Michelle Montjoy
Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California

Awards
2017 Ipark Foundation Artist Residency East Hadaam, Connecticut
2017 San Diego Art Prize nominee– Emerging Artist category
2017 California Arts Council/ Artists Engaging Communities grant with Art Produce Gallery
2016 Creative Catalyst Grant awardee San Diego Foundation
2007,2008 Painting’s Edge artist residency Idyllwild, California

Teaching, Speaking
2016-18 Artist talks/panel discussions
San Diego State University, San Diego Art Institute, Cal State San Marcos, Miracosta College, Canyon Crest High School, North Coastal Knitters Guild, San Diego Textile Guild
2014-present Visiting Artist/instructor: Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, California,
Athenaeum School of the Arts, La Jolla, California
1998 -2014 Teaching Artist Monte Vista Elementary Vista, California
2005-2007 Art Instructor- Studio Art, Guajome Park Academy Vista, California
2005-2007 Commissioner Vista Arts Council

Community Projects
DomesticACTion: California Arts Council-Artists Engaging Communities grant with Art Produce Gallery
Based on the idea of domestic craft as a force of change, refuge and meditation, community members in the North Park neighborhood participated in loom knitting, finger crocheting and traditional cultural weaving techniques creating an installation that evolves throughout the residency
River: Creative Catalyst grant project with Oceanside Museum of Art
33 workshops, engaging over 1000 people from the community. We knit with used Tshirt material on hand built tabletop looms, culminating in an exhibition at the museum. Every participant was credited as a contributing artist and given free admission to the museum.
Around the Corner
a drawing dialogue between 3rd graders at Monte Vista Elementary and students at Eastern Illinois University
Uncommon Core
exchange of questions and drawings between 4th graders and students at Eastern Illinois University
Interchange
Elementary students ask questions and get assignments from Anne Mudge, Roman DeSalvo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruby Osorio and William Feeney
Espero Sparrow
Guajome Park Academy: examining identity located in wish, students collected 3000 responses from the community, placed them in a giant piñata which was opened at the city parade.
Co-facilitator: Community Art Projects: 1+1=1, Coordinates and Request

Press
Used Tshirts, medical gauze, old hankies San Diego Reader Barbarella Fokos February 2018
Culture Report: We Reap What They Sew Voice of San Diego Kinsee Morlan March 21, 2017
Michelle Montjoy at OMA SDvan Picked RAW Peeled Patricia Frischer March 26, 2017
2017 Art Preview San Diego City Beat Seth Combs January 2017
Creative Catalyst grant recipients announced San Diego City Beat Seth Combs June 28, 2016
Five local artists receive Creative Catalyst grants San Diego Union Tribune Susan Myrland July 6, 2016
River Will Soon Flow at OMA Oside News Bobbi DeBoer June 29, 2016
Creative Catalyst: Where Arts and Community Collide SDFoundation News June 2016
The San Diego Foundation awards $100,000 to local artists TSFD News June 8, 2016

Education
B.S. Illinois State University Visual Arts/Visual Communications

In Collections of
Fran Preisman, Betti-Sue Hertz, Erika Torri, Bianca Juarez, Thomas Sergott, Irene Abraham, Tyler Blik and Sonya Devine, Greti and John Baez

 

 

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