Michelle Ross is the Department Head of Drawing and Painting at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. Ross received her MFA in painting and drawing from Washington State University in 1994 and her BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1987. She is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest for her abstract paintings, but she has also been curated into major shows across the United States and Europe including exhibitions at: The Portland Art Museum, Oregon; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Marylhurst Art Gym, Oregon; and the Rome International University in Italy, among many other exhibitions. Ross is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, where Trust Falls & Transparent Things, a solo painting exhibition is on display for September 2015.
Ross was an Artist-In-Residence as a part of Crow’s Shadow Institute’s 2015 Golden Spot Award recipients funded by the Ford Family Foundation. The work she produced at Crow’s Shadow combines her interests in the history of art and image appropriation, mining art magazines and photographs as source materials which she uses as a ground to support her own material explorations.