Michel Droge


Faculty & Staff

Artist Statement:

My work places the viewer in the midst of global climate change and environmental upheaval. It is uncanny and sublime how beautiful and disturbing the destruction and transformation of our landscape can be. In presenting work that represents Climate Change research and the evolution of creature life strategies on the planet, my work holds a space for conversation, contemplation and dialogue concerning the environment.


Michel Droge is an abstract painter and printmaker living and working in Portland, Maine. Her work and research implicate the relationship between the environment and its living creatures.

Michel received her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from Maine College of Art. After graduating from Oberlin, she worked as a printmaker for Styria Studios in New York City. She is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and two Maine Arts Commission Grants. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Tides Institute, The Joseph Fiore Foundation, The Stephen Pace House, and The Saltonstall Foundation.

Michel’s solo exhibitions have been at the University of Maine Farmington, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, and the Frank Brockman Gallery. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Bates College Art Museum, The ICA at MECA, Gould Academy, The Cue Art Foundation in New York City, and Boston University’s Young Contemporaries.