Michelle Angela Ortiz
Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, skilled muralist & community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through painting, printmaking, and community arts practices, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. For over fifteen years, Ortiz has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. Since 2008, Ortiz has led community building and art for social change public art projects as a U.S. Cultural Envoy in Fiji, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Honduras, and Cuba. Last year, Ortiz was awarded the Americans for the Arts' Public Art Year in Review Award for her “Familias Separadas” project, a series of temporary site-specific public art works that mark locations and document stories of immigrant families affected by deportations in the city of Philadelphia.