Michelle M. Nagri
Michelle has spent the majority of her life being the quiet observer. Spoken word never came easy for her, but she still had something within that she wanted to share with the world. In 2010 she was introduced to a digital SLR camera and immediately fell in love. Since then she's been honing her craft in an attempt to find her voice. She enjoys nature and architecture as subject matters, and especially loves to abstract such environments in order to highlight the light, the shape, and the feeling of a particular location.
Photography is a form of communication. I want people to see the beauty that surrounds them. I want people to notice the little details while taking in the big picture. When you look at my photos I want you to be stimulated mentally. What is this? Where was this taken? What am I looking at? What does this remind me of? How does this make me feel?
In 2018 she completed her 365 Project, a personal undertaking in which she took a single unedited photograph and digitally manipulated that same photograph differently everyday for one year. The result was 365 unique pieces of art which blur the boundaries between digital painting and photography. Each day was a new approach, a new vision. A book of the project is in its final stages and set to be released in July 2019. Preorders are being taken now through May 11.
Michelle’s latest series, For the Love of Water, was started in 2019 as a way to bring greater awareness to our most precious natural resource - water, particular bodies of water in Florida. Photographs will be taken at various locations around the state of Florida, from springs to wetlands, from beaches to lakes. A selection of photos from each location will then be combined via digital post-processing (similar to the 365 Project style) in order to highlight and accentuate the essence and beauty of water at a particular location.
Awards & Honors
2019 Santa Fe College 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival Poster Artist, Into the Garden of Dreamers
2018 Judge’s Recognition, #133 from 365 Project, GFAA Gallery juried Creativity Takes Courage National Exhibit (Jurors: Alexis Mendoza, NY Artist, Independent Curator, Author; Amy Vigilante, Director University Galleries, University of Florida; Raul Villarreal, Coordinator Cultural Programs, Santa Fe College)
2018 Award of Excellence, #33 from 365 Project, GFAA Gallery Photography & Digital Art Exhibit (Juror: John Kaplan, Professor, Department of Journalism, University of Florida)
2018 Award of Merit, Angles & Lines Galore, GFAA Gallery Watercolor & Miniatures Exhibit (Juror: Anne Abgott)
2016 People’s Choice, Abstract River, GFAA Member’s Winter Showcase
2016 Judge’s Recognition, We the People What Have We Done (collage), GFAA, (Juror: Lisa Iglesias, Assistant Professor, School of Art & Art History, University of Florida)
2015 The Helen Rucarean Award of Merit, GFAA Winter Fine Arts Fair at Tioga Town Center
2018 The Praxis Gallery International Juried Photography Exhibition: The Shape of Things, The Arc (2011). Sept 28 - Oct 17, Minneapolis, MN.
2018 GFAA Gallery National Call to Artists: Creativity Takes Courage, #133 (2017) & #295 (2018). Sept 25 - Nov 10, Gainesville, FL (Jurors: Alexis Mendoza, NY Artist, Independent Curator, Author; Amy Vigilante, Director University Galleries, University of Florida; Raul Villarreal, Coordinator Cultural Programs, Santa Fe College).
2017 Cross Creek Rising: The Consciousness of Land and Water, Space Lilies (2016). Sept 29 - Jan 6, 2018, Thomas Center Gallery, Gainesville, FL (Juror: Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art; Curator: Anne E. Gilroy, Thomas Center Gallery).
2015 GFAA Photography Exhibition, Red Rock Canyon (2012). Santa Fe College President’s Gallery, Gainesville, FL (Jurors: John Moran and Allen Cheuvront)
2019 50th Annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival (Invited as Poster Artist and Exhibitor)
2018 8th Annual Gathering of the Artists, Gainesville, FL (Invitational)
2018 37th Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show, Gainesville, FL (Juried)
2018 Santa Fe College 49th Annual Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL (Juried)
2018 GFAA 11th Annual Fine Arts Fair at Tioga, Newberry, FL (Non-juried)
2017 Jest Fest, Gainesville, FL (Invitational)
2017 GFAA 10th Annual Fine Arts Fair at Tioga, Newberry, FL (Non-juried)
2016 35th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, Gainesville, FL (Juried)
2016 GFAA 9th Annual Fine Arts Fair at Tioga, Newberry, FL (Non-juried)
2015 GFAA 8th Annual Fine Arts Fair at Tioga, Newberry, FL (Non-juried)
2014 30th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook, Gainesville, FL (Juried)
2014 GFAA 7th Annual Fine Arts Fair at Tioga, Newberry, FL (Non-juried)
2018 Solo Exhibit, Vine Sourdough Bakery, Gainesville, FL
2018 SIMED Health, Gainesville, FL
2018 GFAA Photography & Digital Art Exhibit, Gainesville, FL
2018 GFAA Watercolor & Miniatures Exhibit, Gainesville, FL
2017 SIMED Health, Gainesville, FL
2017 Markey Wealth Management, Haile Plantation, Gainesville, FL
2017 GFAA Member’s Showcase, Gainesville, FL
2016 Solo Exhibit, Blue Highway, Micanopy, FL
2015 Markey Wealth Management, Haile Plantation, Gainesville, FL
2015 GFAA Best of the Best Silent Auction, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
2015 Parks Ford, Gainesville, FL
2014 Sweetberries Eatery, Gainesville, FL
2014 Central Park Medical Plaza, Gainesville, FL
2013 Mass Produced: Addressing Bias in the Media, University of Florida Multicultural & Diversity Affairs Annual Art Show, La Casita, Gainesville FL
2019 GFAA Studio Tour, Gainesville, FL (Invitational)
2018 GFAA Studio Tour, Gainesville, FL (Invitational)
The 365 Project by Michelle Nagri (2019).
Artwork featured in At 50: Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival Anniversary (2019).
Artwork featured in The Shape of Things: The Praxis Gallery September 2018 (2019).