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.

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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


2015 – Segunda Llamada International Poster Competition | finalist
2015 – Haymarket People’s Fund Annual Poster Competition | featured artist


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


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


2020 – Urban Wildlife Learning to Co+Exist ,Creature Conserve, Providence, RI
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