Professor displays art at Fort Wayne gallery

By Michelle Embree


Barb Michel, Ph.D., assistant professor of art, currently has a work of her art on display in the Regional University Art Faculty Exhibit at the Artlink Gallery in Fort Wayne. The exhibit features work of faculty from Huntington University, IPFW and the University of Saint Francis.

“I chose to submit a silk screen print,” Michel said. “This particular print was inspired by some time I spent on the east coast a couple of years ago.”

Michel said she tries to enter her work in at least two shows a year. Last year she entered her work in a juried photography show at the Clark Gallery at the Honeywell Center in Wabash and had a one-man show at a local coffee house in North Manchester.

“It is interesting to see my work in different environments, and exhibited alongside different artists,” said Michel. “I think the experience helps me be a better judge – in the end, I judge more shows than I exhibit in.”

Michel said she enjoys working with a variety of different art forms.

“I don’t focus in just one area, however, I consider myself a stronger 2-D artist than 3-D,” said Michel. “My favorite forms of making art are drawing, printmaking and photography.”

Michel’s love of art can be traced through the years, she said.

“My passion for art started at a young age and was encouraged by strong art educators that motivated me to work hard and be creative.”

In her own career, Michel considers herself “a teacher before an artist.”

Michel studied commercial art/advertising, art education and fine art in her undergrad years at Purdue University. She focused on art education and art history while earning her master’s degree from Indiana University and returned to Purdue for her PhD work focused in art education curriculum and instruction. Michel has taught art for 20 years in both public school and college settings and helped write the visual arts standards for the state of Indiana.

This marks Michel’s 7th year at HU, where she teaches various art courses and supervises art education students.

“There are five student teachers in art this year,” Michel said. “I’m eager to watch them make the transition from art student to art teacher.”

Michel was quick to share her favorite part about teaching at Huntington.

“That’s easy…the students!”

The Artlink Gallery is located at 300 East Main St. in Fort Wayne. The show opened on Jan. 25, and runs through Feb. 27. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is a suggested admission donation of $2.

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