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 group shows within Canada. Her most recent achievement being awarded the Home Décor winner in the newly established Made in Alberta Awards in 2019. 

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

CV

EDUCATION

2018 AAE Glass Glass | Casting Workshop
2018 Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club | Metalsmith Rolling Ring, Cuff Bracelet Workshop(s)
2017 Indie Retail Academy | Create Your Own Catalogue Workshop
2013 Glass Craft and Bead Expo | Molds, Casting, Sandblasting, Inlays, Marketing workshop(s)
2012 University of Calgary (UofC) | Making Art Your Business Cont Ed
2010 Tiffany House | Fused Glass & Lamp-working Workshop(s)
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

SELECTED EXHIBITION RECORDS

2019 State of Art Society Fall Show (Guest Artist)
2019 Calgary Stampede Artist Ranch 10 Year Reunion Show
2019 Riverview Artists Spring Show (Guest Artist)
2019 Raven's Room Pop-up and Colab (Customer Appreciation Event)
2019 Indie Handmade 
2019 Ranchman's Emerging Artist Showcase (Private Event)
2018 Kate Hewko Pop-up 
2018 Mountain Made Holiday Market at SAIT
2018 Enchanted Okotoks
2018 Riverview Artists Fall Show
2018 Beacon Original Art Fall Show
2018 Hawk + Harvest - Lethbridge
2018 Etsy Made in Canada: Fall Market
2018 Etsy Made in Canada: Spring Market
2018 Ranchman's Emerging Artist Showcase - Private Event
2017 Make it! The Handmade Revolution
2017 Calgary Expo Holiday Market
2017 Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity Event 
2017 Etsy: Made in Canada
2017 Connections: Roberto Ostberg Gallery
2016 Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market
2016 Fall Show, New Craft Coalition
2016 Etsy: Made in Canada
2016 Artist Ranch, Calgary Stampede
2016 Spring Show, New Craft Coalition
2015 Art Market
2015 Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market
2015 Coming Up Next, Alberta Craft Council
2015 Spring Show, New Craft Coalition
2015 Spring Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts
2014 Last Minute Pop-up Shop, The Heather Co.
2014 Art Market
2014 Millarville Christmas Market
2014 State of Art Society Fall Show
2014 Etsy: Made in Canada – Day Market
2014 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Equi-fair
2014 Spring Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts
2013 Marda Loop Craft Show & Home Expo!
2013 Holiday Season, Market Collective
2013 Fall Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts
2013 5 Year Anniversary, Market Collective
2013 Vanageddon, House Gallery
2013 Winter Carnival, Cardel Place

PUBLICATIONS

“Atkinson wins in Made in Alberta” LINK Magazine Fall 2019. Page 09
“Made in Alberta Awards” Avenue Calgary Magazine September 2019. Page 43
“Made in Alberta Awards” Avenue Edmonton Magazine September 2019. Page 45
“Making my own magic with copper and glass” Belle Armoire Jewelry Volume 15, Spring 2019. Page 66-67
“The magic of nature captured in copper” Belle Armoire Jewelry Volume 15, Spring 2019. Page 94-97

 

AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

CARFAC Alberta, Professional Artist, Joined 2019
Alberta Craft Council, Professional Artist, Joined 2019
Glass At Society, Professional Artist, Joined 2019 
Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club, General membership, Joined 2018
Leighton Art Centre, Artist membership, Joined 2019
Contemporary Calgary, General membership, Joined 2019


DONATIONS/SPONSORSHIPS

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