Leah Clare Michaels is a Baltimore native, artist, activist, historian, and surfer.
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
2019 MFA Intermedia and Digital Art, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC),
2012 B.A. History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2019 The Peale Museum at the Carroll Mansion (solo exhibition)
2019 Cosmic Nancy Drew, AOK Library Rotunda, UMBC, Baltimore, MD (solo)
2019 Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Clean All the Stolpersteine, Full Circle,
Baltimore, MD (solo)
2019 Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Cut All the Telephone Cords, Lions Brothers
Building, Baltimore, MD (solo)
2019 Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Surf & Surrender in Badlands,
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Baltimore, MD (group)
2017 Feminism Fights Patriarchal Power, SpaceCamp, Baltimore, MD (group)
2017 Resistant Cells, Light City Pop-Up Spark Gallery, Baltimore, MD (group)
2016 Halle-ouija, ‘sindikit, Baltimore, MD (two-person)
Rock, Rage & Self Defense: An Oral History of Seattle’s Home Alive (feature documentary film, co-directed with Rozz Therrien)
2015 Tour Berlin, Germany
(Also screened in Russia, Belgium, Italy)
2014 Tour Bare Bones Film Festival, Muskogee, OK
Portland, OR (2 Screenings)
Seattle, WA (3 Screenings)
New Haven, CT
Brooklyn, NY (3 Screenings)
2013 MeowCon, Austin, TX
GRANTS & AWARDS
2012 Undergraduate Research Award, Seattle, WA
2011 Verizon Wireless Domestic Violence Research Scholarship
RADIO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION/BROADCAST
2011 Dawgie Style, Rainy Dawg Radio, Seattle, WA
2012-Present Freelance website, social media, and communications consultant, Baltimore, MD
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
Laina Dawes, “Rock, Rage & Self Defense: An Oral History of Seattle’s HomeAlive,” Bitch Magazine Spring, 2014. 68.
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.
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
Thgroh,“Rock, Rage and Self- 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