I was born to a French Canadian family in New Hampshire, U.S., and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. I have traveled abroad and extensively throughout the United States, and have visited all but two of the 50 U.S. States (North Dakota and Hawaii). I continue to make and show work in the greater mid-Atlantic region, and have been profiled in local and online publications including Root Quarterly and Mezzo Cammin.
Stanek Gallery Press Release:
“Nicole Michaud, born in Manchester, New Hampshire, called the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest home throughout her life. Michaud’s ability to thrive in varied environments explains her effortless transition between mediums and stylistic approaches throughout her career.
Fueled by travel and nature, Michaud was awarded the Women’s Board Travel Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the institution where she also earned her Certificate of Fine Arts. She used this award to study abroad in Europe in 2011. Upon her return, Michaud settled in Philadelphia.
Michaud uses oil paint and pastels to explore how subconscious minds interact with their actual environment. These explorations come to fruition as colorful abstract paintings on canvas, vibrant oil pastels on paper, and most uniquely, nostalgic landscapes rendered using oil on mylar. In this latest series, Michaud draws on inspiration from ever-changing terrain. Her abstract landscapes encourage remembrance and reflection. She creates beautiful images from memory with surreal qualities that serve as cathartic tools for physical and emotional transformation.
Nicole Michaud has received several other awards including the Maurice Freed Memorial Prize from the Woodmere Art Museum, the Artists’ House Gallery Award, and the Catherine Grant Memorial Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She has also exhibited throughout Pennsylvania and New York as well as overseas in London.”