Photography: Peter Braune
Michelle Carollo is an artist, administrator, teacher and community organizer. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her work around the country including New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Indianapolis.
Carollo has been the recipient of many awards including: the Carriage House Artist in Residence, Cooper Union Artist in Residence, Dedalus Foundation Fellowship, The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning Studio LLC, NYFA SOS Grant, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, The Space Program 2008 – 2009, and the Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in both public and private spaces including; Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Artscape Festival, Benrimon Contemporary Gallery, Central Booking, Cooper Union School of Art, Florida Museum for Woman Artists, Fenway Medical Center, fotofoto Gallery, Gallery Ho, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Patchogue Arts Council, Praxis International Art Gallery, School 33 Art Center and more.
Under Carollo’s Colourforms Studio, a public art company, she recently finished a commission for the New Day Shelter in the Bronx in 2017 to heal the scars of domestic violence, and is currently completing a public mural at Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills through the New York City Public Art in Public Schools commission.
Outside of her own personal practice, she has worked extensively in the creative innovation space as a program strategist, cultural producer, community organizer and an arts & cultural grantor. Her focus is in open space initiatives (sustainable entrepreneurship) which aims to transform the creative process ---combining groups of practitioners, activists, scholars, and industry professionals together to generate new solutions for a changing economy. Currently, Michelle is the Program Manager for NEW INC, the New Museum's first museum-led incubator at the intersection of art x design x technology.
When Michelle is not installing public art projects or making things happen - you can find her hiking with her rescued parrots, kayaking the coast, making pickles, and spending time with family and friends.