Michelle Lisa Polissaint is a visual artist & arts organizer based in Miami, Florida. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Museum Studies & Non-Profit Management at Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University in Photography & Fiber Based Painting. Her current practice is focused on producing community based activations that encourage artists and community members to form collaborative relationships.
She is the Program & Outreach Manager at Locust Projects where she is at the helm of all public programming including Talks and the R+D / Mobile Studio. In her previous position as Programs Manager of The Miami Rail she successfully implemented the Visiting Writer Program, Block by Block Program and produced the new Writer's Retreat partnering with The Standard, Miami Beach.
As an artist she explores the nature of human interaction through textiles and photographs. Her most recent work moves from a previous series of self-portraits, Dancing With Myself, which explored her relationship with herself away from the guidance of her parents, into a new body of work documenting trips and interactions with her parents and family, If Home Was Home. She is currently a resident at Bakehouse Art Complex.
Ansanm, is her most recent project launched in December 2017 with funding from The Awesome Foundation. Ansanm, is a civic engagement project that uses meals as a vehicle for creating spaces focused on community building and collaboration. Ansanm is produced in collaboration with The BLCK Family, a collective based in Miami, FL. Her upcoming project, Moonshine Moanin’, is a research performance project exploring identity and queerness as it relates to her upbringing in the South.