Michelle Nugent is an interdisciplinary/mixed media artist and community art facilitator. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2009, she received her BFA in Fine Arts and Art History from The College of New Jersey.
During her undergraduate career, Nugent acquired a grant from the National Conference of Undergraduate Research and the Lancy Foundation (2008) to create a public mural in collaboration with youth from Trenton, NJ’s West Ward community. She is also a recipient of the Pamela Joseph Art Scholarship (2009) and the Thomas George Artists Fund Grant Award (2009).
In addition to her community work in Trenton, NJ, Michelle has also worked with communities in Philadelphia, PA, creating large-scale murals, and facilitating after school youth art workshops through the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Asian Arts Initiative.
Michelle is currently investigating cross-cultural exchanges within community in her personal artwork. Through her own experiences as a half-White, half-Filipino American artist, she is interested in using art as a catalyst for dialogue, and exploring new ways of understanding and linking different cultures.