Profile Type: Artist
Michelle Saffran

Michelle is skilled in photography (digital and darkroom),  digital media (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign), book making, assemblage, collage and drawing/painting.  She has experience teaching in a variety of settings from public schools, community art centers to colleges and private homes. A major theme in the work she guides others to develop is identity and self-understanding.

Michelle's residencies include three at the Integrated Arts Academy: During one session she worked with fifth graders to use photography as a means of learning geometry. 

In a second residency she worked with all the students in the school (almost 300) to make self portraits which accompanied their writing about themselves. 

Michelle's most recent residency at the IAA involved photographing 147 families of students which again accompanied student writing about their families.  Both portrait residencies involved the students in the photographic process and allowed for students to direct and make their own portraits.

Along with her photographic residencies Michelle has taught collage, drawing and painting, book making and assemblage to children and adults.  She has training in Universal Design for Learning and special eductation.  She is skilled in teaching people who have limited english proficiency and people with developmental and behavioral differences.

Michelle earned her MFA in visual studies from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Massachusetts, a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota, and a BA in psychology from Oakland University in Michigan.


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Additional Links: 
long running blog featuring current work

I Have Worked With

  • September 2014
    • Teach digital photography to adults
  • September 2012
    • Artist in Residence for 2012/2013 school year funded through a Kennedy Center Grant
    • First semester partnered with fifth grade classroom teachers to integrate photography into language arts and geometry core curriculm.
    • The second semester project involved photographing the 300 members of the school community, including students and teachers.  The portraits were paired with student writing and installed throughout the school and at Burlington City Arts.
  • November 2011
    • Taught collage making class for adults with developmental disabilites


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
visual artist
Mailing Address: 
30 Howes Road
Moretown, VT 05660
Physical Address: 
30 Howes Road
Moretown, VT 05660
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Graphic
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Media - General
Media - Animation
Media - Cyberart
Media - Digital
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Marketing Services
Portfolio Review
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
The Front Gallery
MFA Lesley University College of Art and Design
BFA Minnesota College of Art and Design
BA Oakland University
2018 Vermont Community Foundation Artist in Communities Grant
2017 Creation Grant
2016 VAC Artist Development Grant
2013 VAC Artist Development Grant
2012 Member Spotlight Griffin Museum Winchester MA
2011 Second Place Northern Vermont Artists Association June Juried Show, VT
2009 Artist Development Grant Vermont Arts Council
2001 Excellence Award New Visions Gallery, WI
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessibility accommodations are based on site of service. I am open to adapting workshops, presentations to accommodate people with limited mobility, sight and hearing.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
MFA in visual arts
BFA in art
BA psychology
Univeral Design for Learning
Climate Change and Art
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: