The Artist

Michelle Sayles is a cartoonist and illustrator based in New England. Her art and collaborative projects aim to shine a light on environmental and social justice issues at a local and global scale. She has created works of graphic journalism, large-scale comic art, community murals, political cartoons, and posters to inspire critical awareness of the world we live in.

Want to collaborate or share your ideas?
Contact the artist at msaylesart@gmail.com


EDUCATION

2018 – M.A. Globalization Studies, McMaster University Institute for Globalization & the Human Condition, Hamilton, ON. Thesis: Psychological Resilience Discourses in Puerto Rico’s Climate Recovery

2013 – B.A. Geography, Globalization Studies, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA


AWARDS

2015 – Segunda Llamada International Poster Competition | finalist

2015 – Haymarket People’s Fund Annual Poster Competition | featured artist

2012 – Newman Civic Fellow, Campus Compact


SOCIALLY-ENGAGED ARTS

2018 – Power Means Who the Police Believe: Talking with Young Children about Race | contributing illustrator

2018 – OPEN ACCESSibility An Illustrated Story of Disability Advocacy | artist, author, researcher
Partners: McMaster University Equity & Inclusion Office, MacPherson Institute

2017 – Housing and Employment Rights for Vermont Dairy Workers handbook | illustrator
Partners: Vermont Law School, Migrant Justice

2016 – Think of Others | organizer, contributing artist
Collaborative art installation developed for Vermonters for Justice in Palestine.

2016 – The Most Costly Journey Project / El Viaje Mas Caro | “School of Life” comic creator
Partners: Vermont Folklife Center, Open Door Clinic, et al.

2015 – Najawa: A Story of Palestine | lead artist, author
Collaborative project created with jen berger with Vermonters for Justice in Palestine.

2015 – Amplifying Voices mural project | co-developer
PlanBTV Community Engagement Project

2014 – Stop the F-35 Seven Days campaign | cartoonist


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 – Vermont Law School Solutions Conference, South Royalton, VT
2016 – Najawa: A Story of Palestine, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT
2016 – Najawa: A Story of Palestine, Bread & Puppet Theater, Glover, VT
2016 – Think of Others Project, Art Hop, Burlington, VT
2016 – November Featured Artist, City Market Co-op, Burlington, VT
2016 – Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, VT
2016 – Najawa: A Story of Palestine, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
2015 – Najawa: A Story of Palestine, Art Hop, Burlington, VT


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 – Power Means Who the Police Believe, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
2018 – Gallery of Graduate Arts, Mulberry Café, Hamilton, ON
2017 – Gallery of Graduate Arts, Evergreen Community Storefront, Hamilton, ON
2015 – Amplifying Voices Mural Project, PlanBTV Arts Exhibition, Burlington, VT