Michelle Samour: Drawing with Pulp
Produced by Amelia Damplo


Michelle Samour is a multi-media artist whose installations, drawings and handmade paperworks explore the intersections between science, technology and the natural world. Samour has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Canada and at P.R.I.N.T Press in Denton, TX. Samour’s exhibitions include the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA; the Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg, FR; the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI; the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX; the Racine Art Museum, WI; and the Fitchburg Art Museum, MA. Samour has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (most recently as a 2014 Fellow in Drawing), a Society of Arts and Crafts New England Artist Award, and grants from the Cushman Family Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study historic papermaking in France and Japan. Samour's work has been featured in Surface Design, ARTnews, FiberArts and Hand Papermaking magazine, and is included in public and private collections including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, International Paper Company, and the Meditech Corporation.

Samour resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is on the faculty of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA).


EDUCATION

BFA, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Diploma, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Associate Degree, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
Fine Arts Studies, Alfred University, Alfred, NY



GRANTS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES /
PRESENTATIONS

2015 SECAC (South Eastern College Art Conference), Pittsburg, PA – Presenter
2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council – Artist Fellowship in Drawing
2014 Visiting Artist, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 Visiting Artist Residency, P.R.I.N.T. Press, Denton, TX
2011 Equilibrium, SGC International Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2010 Visual Artist Residency, Banff Centre, Canada
2010 Participating Artist, The 2010 Pulp Painting Symposium
Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX
2008 Excellence In Teaching Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council – Finalist
2004 SAC (Society of Arts and Crafts) New England Artist Award
2003 Cushman Family Fund, SMFA Faculty Enrichment Grant
2003 Massachusetts Cultural Council – Artist Fellowship, Craft
2001 Massachusetts Cultural Council – Finalist
2000 Massachusetts Cultural Council – Finalist
1999 Massachusetts Cultural Council – Finalist
1999 Cushman Family Fund, SMFA Faculty Enrichment Grant
1997 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant
1992 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SMFA Faculty Enrichment Grant
1988 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SMFA Faculty Enrichment Grant
1983 Boston / Strasbourg Sister City Grant



SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 It’s Biological, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
2013 Drawn and Mirrored, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
2011 Truth and Transience, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
2010 Wired Eyes, The McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, NH



SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Cut.Paper.Fold, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord, MA
2015 NatureTech, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
2014 Paper-Made, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown, RI
2014 Fabriano 1264, Italian Embassy, Washington D.C.
2014 Contemporary Watermarks, Museum of Paper and Watermarks, Fabriano, Italy
2013 Amateras, International Paper Art Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 The Par Avion Project, Conrath Gallery, Strasbourg, FR
2012 The Par Avion Project, French Cultural Center, Boston, MA
2012 Forms in Flux, Grossman Gallery, SMFA, Boston, MA
2012 Soft Science, Illes Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2010 Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Exhibition, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
2009 Material Drawing at the Danforth, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
2009 A Fresh Look: Meredyth Hyatt Moses Selects, Gallery Naga, Boston, MA
2008 Networking the Void, Meditech, Canton, MA
2008 Society of Arts and Crafts: New England Artists Award Winners, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2007 20th Drawing Show, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA. Juried by Magdalena Campos-Pons
2007 Material Drawing, GASP, Brookline, MA
2007 Primarily Paper: An International Invitational, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, MD
2006 Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2006 Friends of Dard Hunter, Canal Warehouse, Chillicothe, OH
2006 New Art 06, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA. Curated by Susan Greenberg, Yale University Art Gallery.
2005 The Boston Printmakers 2005 Print Biennial, Boston University 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 8th National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association. Curated by Joseph Thomas, Director, Mass MOCA
2004 SAC Artist Awards, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
2003 New England Fiber Artists, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord, MA
2003 The Art of Drawing, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord, MA
2002 New Art 02, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA. Best in Show.
2001 Mass. Cultural Council Grant Recipients & Finalists, SAC, Worcester Center for Crafts, The Berkshire Art Museum
2000 Metamorphosis, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2000 International Women's Art, SOHO20 Gallery, New York, NY
2000 New Art Y2K, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA. Curated by Susan Stoops, Worcester Art Museum
1999 deCordova Annual: 11 New England Artists, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA



ADDITIONAL EXHIBITIONS

Surface: New Form/New Function, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Dix Artistes Americains, La Laiterie, Strasbourg, FR; Women and Paper, Clark University, Worcester, MA; Nancy Graves Chooses Works on Paper, Artspace, CT; Handmade Paper, Liberty Gallery, Louisville, KY; Handmade Paper, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA; Architectonic Art, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA; Triennial, Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA; Art For Your Collection, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI; Art As Architecture, Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA; Making Paper, American Craft Museum, New York, NY; Out of The Woods, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; One Person Show, Museum of Modern Art, Strasbourg, FR; The deCordova: Six Decades, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA


COLLECTIONS

Meditech Corporation
Decordova Museum
International Paper Company
Prudential Insurance Company
Vesti Corporation
Bank of New England
Fidelity Management Company


COMMISSIONS

Installation, The Mill, Tingsboro, MA
International Paper, New York, NY
Bank of New England, New Bedford, MA
Private Site-Specific Sculpture, Ipswich, MA


VISITING ARTIST GALLERY TALKS

Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
American School of Paris, FR
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, TX
The Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
Meditech Corporation, Canton, MA
GASP Gallery, Brookline, MA
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD
Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Museum of Modern Art, Strasbourg, FR