Michelle Atkinson was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, receiving a diploma in New Media Production and Design in 2003. Since graduation she has become an internationally recognized graphic designer with over 30 awards throughout her 15+ year career. In 2010 she took a weekend glass class and has developed a parallel glass practice in addition to her visual communications pursuitsHer body of work ranges from functional home decor to more abstract sculptural work, all themed by nature and landscape. Since 2010, Michelle has grown her art practice and exhibited her work in over 40 markets and exhibitions within Canada. 

Artistic CV below and Visual Communications resume on Linkedin and graphic design portfolio on Behance.

CV

Education

  • 2021 Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) | MIG Welding Micro Credential (to be completed in October)
  • 2015 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)  Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma (Honours)
  • 2012 University of Calgary (UofC) | Making Art Your Business Cont Ed
  • 2009 Alberta College of Art And Design (ACAD) | Typography Cont Ed
  • 2003 Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) | New Media Production and Design Diploma
  • 2000 University of Calgary (UofC) | Digital Photography, Creative Writing Cont Ed
Too many workshops to list! I make it a priority to take at least 5 workshops a year of various art techniques and business literacy.

    Exhibition Records

    • 2021 Exquisite Cadaver, Loft 112, group show
    • 2021 Fossil Vitra (Local artist spotlight), Four20, solo exhibition
    • 2020 Under 100, Art Spot, group
    • 2020 Ghost Stories #YYC, Roberto Ostberg Gallery, group
    • 2020 Exhibit Eh!, Glass Art Association of Canada, group
    • 2020 #stayhome, virtual show, solo
    • 2019 Fall Members Show, State of Art Society, group
    • 2019 Artist Ranch 10 Year Reunion, Calgary Stampede, group
    • 2019 Spring Members Show, Riverview Artists, group
    • 2019 Indie Handmade, Signature Shows, market 
    • 2019 Emerging Artist Showcase, Ranchman's Club, group
    • 2018 Mountain Made, SAIT, market
    • 2018 Fall Members Show, Riverview Artists, group
    • 2018 Fall Art Show, Beacon Original Art, group
    • 2018 Hawk + Harvest, Galt Museum, market
    • 2018 Made in Canada (fall), Etsy, market
    • 2018 Made in Canada (spring), Etsy, market
    • 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase, Ranchman's Club, group
    • 2017 The Handmade Revolution, Make it!, market
    • 2017 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, market
    • 2017 Made in Canada (spring), Etsy, market
    • 2017 Connections, Roberto Ostberg Gallery, group
    • 2016 International Christmas Market, Spruce Meadows, market
    • 2016 Fall Show, New Craft Coalition, market
    • 2016 Made in Canada (spring), Etsy, market
    • 2016 Artist Ranch, Calgary Stampede, group
    • 2016 Spring Show, New Craft Coalition, market
    • 2015 Art Market, market
    • 2015 International Christmas Market, Spruce Meadows, market
    • 2015 Coming Up Next, Alberta Craft Council, group
    • 2015 Spring Show, New Craft Coalition, market
    • 2015 Spring Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts, market
    • 2014 Art Market, market
    • 2014 Millarville, market
    • 2014 Fall Members Show, State of Art Society, group
    • 2014 Made in Canada (fall), Etsy, market
    • 2014 Masters Equi-fair, Spruce Meadows, market
    • 2014 Spring Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts, market
    • 2013 Marda Loop Craft Show & Home Expo!, market
    • 2013 Holiday Season, Market Collective, market
    • 2013 Fall Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts, market
    • 2013 Five Year Anniversary, Market Collective, market
    • 2013 Vanageddon, House Gallery, group

      Collaborative Projects

      • 2021 Craft Collaborations, Alberta Craft Council - glass sculpture created with Kara Busy
      • 2021 Exquisite Cadaver, Loft 112 Gallery - mixed media art piece created with Michelle Austen and Bille Rae Busby
      • 2020 Made in Alberta Awards - guest judge for the Furnishings and Home Decor category
      • 2020 Craft Collaborations, Alberta Craft Council - glass plates created with Janine Samuelson
      • 2016 Energy Quest, Calgary Zoo - interactive display on solar energy created with Electro Exhibits

      Commissions

      • 2021 Public Art Commission, Bring on the Future, large-scale outdoor ground mural, Outdoor acrylic on cement, SAIT
      • 2020 Corporate Gifts, Alumni-made Executive Gifts, Fused Glass Coaster Sets, SAIT
      • 2018 Donor Gifts, Annual Giving Donor Gifts - Recycled Glass Ornaments, fused and cut, SAIT
      • 2016 Award Creation, Shaper, Maker and Original Centennial Employee Awards, Kiln cast glass, SAIT

      Artist Presentations 

      • 2020 Guest Presenter, Art-repreneurship 101, Avenue Magazine’s Made in Alberta Online Conference
      • 2019 Presentation, Art and Craft Career Pathways, Alberta University for the Arts
      • 2018 Guest Speaker, Atkinson Family Award, Donor Appreciation Event at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

      Publications and Media

      • 2020 “How to Stop Being a Perfectionist,” ‘Round the fire Podcast, Interview
      • 2019 “Michelle Atkinson,” Foothill Famous Podcast, Interview
      • 2019 “Atkinson wins in Made in Alberta,” LINK Magazine, Fall 2019. Page 09
      • 2019 “Made in Alberta Awards,” Avenue Calgary Magazine, September 2019. Page 43
      • 2019 “Made in Alberta Awards,” Avenue Edmonton Magazine, September 2019. Page 45
      • 2019 “Making my own magic with copper and glass,”  Belle Armoire Jewelry, Volume 15, Spring 2019. Page 66-67
      • 2019 “The magic of nature captured in copper,” Belle Armoire Jewelry, Volume 15, Spring 2019. Page 94-97

        Selected Awards/Grants/Recognition

        Fine Craft/Art

        • 2021 Runner-up, Unique Item, Avenue Calgary’s Made in Alberta Awards
        • 2021 Grant Funding Recipient, Explore and Create Fund, Canadian Council for the Arts
        • 2019 Winner, Furnishings & Home Decor, Avenue Calgary’s Made in Alberta Awards

        Visual Communications/Graphic Design

        • 2021 Platinum, SAIT Executive Gift Suite (art gifts), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2021 Gold, Love Letter to Albertans (print ad), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2021 Gold, New World. New Thinking Strategic Plan (website), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2019 Gold, Partnership (book), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE District VIII)
        • 2019 Platinum, Partnership (book), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2019 Circle of Excellence - Bronze, LINK (magazine), CASE District VIII
        • 2019 Gold, Partnership in LINK (newspaper supplement), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2019 Gold, Helping Industry Prepare for the Future World of Work (brochure), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2018 Gold, LINK: Warp Speed (cover art), CASE District VIII
        • 2018 Bronze, Legacy Giving Package (marketing materials), CASE District VIII
        • 2018 Gold, Your Key to Success (alumni publications), CASE District VIII
        • 2018 Gold, Giving Day (social media campaign), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2018 Platinum, Impact Report (donor relations publication), Hermes Creative Awards
        • 2018 Silver, #SAIT100 Photo Mosaic Selfie Campaign (best uses of social media), CASE District VIII
        • 2018 Bronze, #SAIT100 Photo Mosaic Installation (environmental graphic design), CASE District VIII
        • 2017 Gold, Centennial Project (special events category) CASE District VIII
        • 2017 Prix d’Excellence Silver, SAIT Centennial Birthday Celebrations (best special event), CASE District VIII
        • 2017 Bronze, SAIT Annual Report 2015/16 (best annual report) Canadian Public Relations Society 
        • 2017 Platinum, SAIT Annual Report 2015/16 (publications), Hermes Creative Awards 
        • 2017 Gold, SAIT Centennial Advertising (advertising/campaign), Hermes Creative Awards 
        • 2017 Gold, SAIT Centennial Book Launch Invitation (design/invitation), Hermes Creative Awards 
        • 2017 Gold, SAIT Centennial Event Program (program guide), Hermes Creative Awards 
        • 2017 Gold, SAIT Centennial/Brand Campus Flags (advertising/outdoor), Hermes Creative Awards 
        • 2017 Platinum, SAIT Convocation Book Fall 2016 (publications)  Hermes Creative Awards 

        Affiliations and Memberships

        • CARFAC Alberta, Professional Artist, Joined 2019
        • Alberta Craft Council, Professional Artist, Joined 2019
        • Glass Art Association of Canada, Professional Artist, Joined 2018
        • Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club, General membership, Joined 2018

        Art Donations

        • 2021 Banff Centre's 42nd Midsummer LIVE!
        • 2019 Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation 
        • 2018 SAIT - Student Award Creation
        • 2018 Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation 
        • 2018 ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) x 2
        • 2017 Avalanche Canada Foundation
        • 2017 Kinasao Lutheran Bible Camp
        • 2016 Avalanche Canada Foundation
        • 2016 Candlelighters Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
        • 2016 Breakfast Club of Canada
        • 2015 Famous 5 Gala – A Taste of Famous 5
        • 2015 Gallery Calorie, Artemis Foundation (Made by Momma)
        • 2015 Helping Families Handle Cancer
        • 2015 RCCHP/ARF Golf Tournament, ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation)
        • 2015 Indulge, Marda Loop Communities Association
        • 2014 Gallery Calorie, Artemis Foundation (Families Matter)
        • 2014 Third Anniversary Special and Fundraiser, Kaboom Hooray!
        • 2013 #bikiniespy, Espy
        • 2013 Masterpiece Contemporary, The Art Gallery of Calgary