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Michelle Calkins

Holland, MI

About Michelle Calkins

Holland, MI

Michelle studied art at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and graduated in 1990 with a degree in Art (Painting Concentration) and Art History. She has since become an internationally collected artist and has original pieces and prints in many corporate and private collections.

Her work emphasizes quality, integrity, and spontaneity. Since childhood Michelle found solace in the creation of art. It is a gift that she tries not to waste. Her influences are Edward Hopper, Andy Goldsworthy, ants, snails, and people who paint things on the head of a pin. Michelle is especially impressed with artists who create impermanent art, like sand painters or a musician who creates a unique piece of art each time he sings a song. It exists for that moment and then it is gone again. Her media of choice are oil painting, sculpture, and photography. In her art, the three disciplines borrow from each other making each one stronger.

Having been a professional picture framer since 1990, the presentation aspect of the art world is always on her mind. Co-owning Four Corners Framing Company in Holland, Michigan since 1999 has afforded her a front row seat to many types and styles of art. It has been a great and constant inspiration while also, she says, keeping her on her art toes.

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Other works by Michelle Calkins

Selected Exhibitions

  • Artprize 2, Artprize 3, Artprize 4, Artprize 5, Artprize 6, Artprize 7, Artprize 9, Artprize 10
    Grand Rapids, Michigan , 2021
  • Grand Rapids Arts Festival Visual Arts Competition , Grand Rapids, MI, United States, 1990, 2019
    Grand Rapids, MI, 2019
  • MI Arts 2019: All Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition
    Holland, MI, 2019
  • MI Arts 2017: All Michigan All Media Visual Arts Competition
    Holland, MI, 2017
  • Holland Friends of Art Tulip Time Exhibit 2009, 2010, 2011
    Holland, MI, 2011


  • Hope College, BA
    Holland, Michigan,1990 

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