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Leah Clare Michaels is a Baltimore native, artist, and activist.

She received a B.A. in History with a focus in Classics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2012 and a M.F.A. in Intermedia and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2019. 

Leah was raised as a social Catholic feminist. Her work is informed by a historical research practice and rooted in the space where social justice, art, and travel intersect. 

Mediums: Video/Film, Photography, Printmaking, Performance, Installation, Writing, and Fabrication.





 


LEAH CLARE MICHAELS


EDUCATION
2019    MFA Intermedia and Digital Art, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC),   
            Catonsville, MD

2012    B.A. History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


UPCOMING PROJECTS Upcoming Projects

2019    The Peale Museum at the Carroll Mansion (solo exhibition)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2019    Cosmic Nancy Drew, AOK Library Rotunda, UMBC, Catonsville, MD

2019    Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Clean All the Stolpersteine, Full Circle, 
            Baltimore, MD            

2019    Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Cut All the Telephone Cords, Lions Brothers 
            Building, Baltimore, MD

2019   Melpomene & The Trinity of MourningSurf & Surrenderat Badlands, 
            
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Catonsville, MD

2017    Feminism Fights Patriarchal Power, SpaceCamp, Baltimore, MD 

2017    Resistant Cells, Light City Pop-Up Spark Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2016    Halle-ouija, ‘sindikit, Baltimore, MD 


COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
Rock, Rage & Self Defense: An Oral History of Seattle’s Home Alive
(featured documentary film co-directed with Rozz Therrien)

2015 Tour   Berlin, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Oldenburg, Germany
Paris, France
Grenoble, France
Dublin, Ireland  
(Also screened in Russia, Belgium, & Italy)

2014 Tour Bare Bones Film Festival, Muskogee, OK
Portland,OR (2Screenings)
Seattle, WA (3 Screenings)
Boise,ID
Hamden, CT
New Haven, CT
Washington DC
Boston, MA
Pittsburg, PA
Brooklyn, NY (3Screenings)
Baltimore,MD
Annapolis, MD
Cleveland,OH

2013 MeowCon, Austin, TX

GRANTS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2018 Skopelos Arts Foundation, Skopelos, Greece
2012 Undergraduate Researcher Award, Seattle, WA
2011 Verizon Wireless Domestic Violence Research Scholarship


RADIO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION/BROADCAST 

2011 Dawgie Style, Rainy Dawg Radio, Seattle, WA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

2019 Producer, Wide Angle Productions, Baltimore, MD
2016-2019 Summer Media Instructor, Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth, Skopelos, Greece
2014-2016 Distribution Coordinator & Media Instructor, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore, MD
2012-2019 Freelance website, social media, and communications consultant, Baltimore, MD

PRESS, PUBLICATIONS & BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Print
Laina Dawes, “Rock, Rage & Self Defense: An Oral History of Seattle’s HomeAlive,” Bitch Magazine Spring, 2014. 68.

Radio
Rock, Rage & Self Defense Tour Interview, Rainy Dawg Radio, Seattle, WA, April 22, 2014.
Rock, Rage & Self Defense Tour Interview, WNHU 88.7, New Haven, CT, May 2, 2014. 

Website Publications
Tori Kerr, “Fighting Back: A Conversation with the Makers of ‘Rock, Rage & SelfDefense,’” WAMU 88.5 Bandwidth.fm, May 2, 2014. http://bit.ly/1ueUrwT
TrishBendix, “Fight the Fear and the importance of self defense,” After Ellen, April 21, 2014. http://bit.ly/1OIncgB
Laina Dawes, “Finally, Filmmakers tell the forgotten history of Seattle DIY self-defense group Home Alive,” Bitch Media, December 5, 2013. http://bit.ly/1ZkRA7s  
“Home AliveDocumentary,” Pearl Jam, June 5, 2012. http://bit.ly/1ZkRXyW

Blogs
Thgroh,“Rock,RageandSelf- Defense,” Filmtagebuch January 15, 2015. http://bit.ly/1mOFNwp *English translation: http://bit.ly/1kY0GE8
Kristen Bayusik, “Q&A: Rock, Rage and Self Defense,” Now Beer This April 17, 2014. http://bit.ly/1OVTMO1

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE