Michèle White's work explores - often through sources in literature - manifestations of the unconscious or the invisible in the visible world. Deeply attached to physical practices in art and hand production, the history and meaning of materials and processes are central to the artist's visual practice, research, and teaching.
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1953, she holds the BA from the University of Toronto graduating summa cum laude as Faculty Scholar and Trinity College Award winner. She received the AOCA, Advanced Visual Certificate, Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Forsyth Scholarship from the Ontario College of Art.
A Professor of Drawing & Painting in the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design, 2006 marked her 28th year of teaching. In 2005 Professor White received the Price Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has administrated at the program, faculty and senior management levels and led the Florence Off-Campus Program.
Michèle White has participated in solo, group and collective exhibitions since 1975 in public and private galleries throughout the province. She has received Toronto, Ontario and Canada Council Grants; Materials Assistance, Explorations, Artists and the Workplace, Travel and Professional Development Grants; the RBC Painting Prize and two Elizabeth T. Greenshields Scholarships to study in Europe.
While based in Toronto with two children, Michèle's studio and teaching practices include periods in Italy, England and Ireland. She has served on the board of artists service organizations, written for arts publication and curated exhibitions.