Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist who seeks to capture lost legacies, personal stories and silenced voices in her work. Through painting and printmaking, she explores the common threads that exist among her family and community.
As a highly skilled muralist, Ortiz has designed and created over 30 large scale public works nationally and internationally (Fiji, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador & Costa Rica) and is a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts (2011), recipient of the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2008) and Art & Change Grant (2006.)
As an arts educator, Ortiz uses the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. Since 2008, she has led international artist residencies through the United States Embassy. She has trained local artists in public art techniques in Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico and Suva, Fiji.
Ortiz continues to work with various nonprofit arts organizations in Philadelphia. In 2007, she joined the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation where she has developed programs and workshops to support the professional development of teaching artists. She is also an active member of "Las Gallas" a Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary arts collective that gathers to share stories, inspire dialogue and debate about ideas of family, traditions, religion, education and gender roles.
Ortiz holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art & Design and a Master's Degree in Science of Arts and Cultural Management from Rosemont College.