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Michele Jaquis

Michele Jaquis
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies & the Artists Community Teaching Program, Associate Professor
Teaches In
Artists, Community and Teaching
Creative Action

MFA (sculpture) Rhode Island School of Design; College Teaching Certificate, Brown University's Sheridan Center for Teaching; BFA (sculpture, experimental studio, psychology) Hartford Art School/Univ. of Hartford; (sculpture & drawing) Burren College of Art, Ireland.


Interdisciplinary artist, educator and academic administrator who has been teaching in various departments at Otis since fall 2000. Trained in the expanded field of sculpture (installation, video, performance art), Jaquis combines strategies of conceptual art, documentary and social practice to examine the complexities within personal and social relationships, identity, language and communication, resulting in a range of image-based, object-based, time-based and engagement-based projects. Work has been presented at conferences, film and video festivals, galleries, museums, and alternative spaces across the U.S. and in Australia, Canada, Ireland, England, New Zealand and South Korea. With over twenty years teaching at the college level, she has also taught art to incarcerated and at-risk youth and adults with developmental disabilities, and was a therapist of Applied Behavior Analysis for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Residencies: Field Workshop: Action Projects at the ICA LA, Reciprocity LA Artist Retreat / Asylum Arts + Institute for Jewish Creativity, Skirball Cultural Center, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Vermont Studio Center

Represents Otis on the Arts for LA Advisory Board and the Community Works Intstitute Advisory Board.

Featured in Anuradha Vikram’s “How Can I Teach Art in a Pandemic?”, KCET Southland Sessions, Feb. 9, 2021

Watch Michele discuss her socially engaged art and inclusive teaching practices with Joe Brooks, Executive Director of Community Works Institute, for the CWI Spotlight Series: Conversations with Educator Change Makers, Feb. 24, 2021


Present Work Finalist, Prospect Art, Los Angeles, CA 2021
Best Short Documentary & Best Editing Nominations, 2019 ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival in Toronto, Canada
Otis Sabbatical Spring 2018
Otis Faculty Development Grants: Fall 2016, Fall 2014Spring 2014, Spring 2011, Fall 2021
Otis Curricular Innovation Grant for Blended Learning, 2012
CA Commuity Foundation's Next Gen Arts Professional Development Grant, 2011
US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Voice Award Nomination, 2009
Best Documentary 2008 Director’s Chair Film Festival, Staten Island, NY

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

Recent Exhibitions, Screenings and Events
Migrant Madonna, SoLA Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, April 2022
Michele Jaquis: We Are Here, Together, Cerritos College Art Gallery: Window Dressing Series, Norwalk, CA, Sept. 2021
DIG: A Hole To Put Your Grief In, organized by Cara Levine, Shalom Institute, Malibu, CA, Aug. 2021
Michele Jaquis: We Are Here, Together, Proxy Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, June 2021
Hindsight is 2020: Dispatches from the Edge of an Apocalypse, an exhibition in a box curated by James MacDevitt, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA, Fall 2020
Paul’s Brain: Michele Jaquis / Paul Pattison, Kamikaze 2019 PØST at MiM gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 2019
THEN, WHAT IF?, curated by Gene Gort and Ken Steen for NewMediaNewMusicNewEngland, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT, 2019
Emotional Labor, curated by Rotem Rozental, Platt and Borstein Galleries, American Jewish University, Bel Air, CA, 2019
ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2019

Recent Conference Presentations
”We Are Here, Together,” Conney Conference on Jewish Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, March 2020
”Uniquely Abled: Inclusive Collaborations” (with Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue and Adriane Mota), AICAD Symposium on Diversity Inclusion and Equity, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 2019
“How the Student body is changing and how the offerings have changed in response to the new realities in the workplace,” Pasadena Cultural Partners, Boston Court, Pasadena, CA, 2019 
“Liberal Democracy and Social Practice,” (Women’s Caucus for Art panel moderated by Susan King, with Karen E. Kostig, Elin O’Hara Slavic, Hazal Uzunkaya), College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, Feb. 2019