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Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History

Michele Burgess, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts

Michele Burgess is a visual artist and director of Brighton Press—a nationally known fine arts press—where she applies printmaking, painting and sculpture to the creation of artists’ books. In addition, she collaborates with other artists and poets on projects that involve the book as an art medium. Her artist’s book, “Sleeping Inside the Glacier” (including etchings and cast bronze sculpture), was included in the “Book as Art” exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. A retrospective of her work in book art was held at the Museum of American Art in Giverny, France, and traveled to the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego. Her collaborative work with poets and artists was featured in Brighton Press’ exhibition in 2004 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, in Oceanside, California. Burgess’ artist’s books and other works are held in more than fifty public collections across the USA, Canada, and France, including the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts in San Francisco, Fresno Art Museum, Houghton Library Special Collections at Harvard University, Lilly Library at Indiana University, Stanford University Library, Minneapolis Institute of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Newberry Library in Chicago, New York Public Library, and the Toledo Art Museum. Burgess has been exhibiting actively for thirty years, and has served as guest lecturer, curator, and artist-in-residence at numerous museums, universities, and arts organizations.


M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

B.A. University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Scholarly and Creative Work

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Teaching Interests

Burgess has taught courses at various levels in Printmaking, the Art of the Book, Drawing, and Painting.