Michaela Pilar Brown
Michaela Pilar Brown is an image and object maker. She cut her teeth in the halls of a museum where her mother worked as a security guard. She has been immersed in the culture of objects, their creation and examination her entire life. She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University settling in Washington, DC where she showed in group exhibitions, and worked at a number of non-profits engaged in education and arts related programming.
In 2001 she left Washington, DC and moved Winnsboro, South Carolina to provide for the care of her terminally ill father and all but ceased making art. In 2009 she resumed art making and returned to full-time studio practice. She spent 2010 redirecting her work, and began showing again at the end of year. Since 2010 she has a number of group and solo exhibitions. She was the 2011 Undefined Magazine Emerging Artist of the Year, the Fall 2011 Harvey B. Gantt Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art, a 2012 recipient of an Artist Grant from the Vermont Studio Center where she was in residence in Spring of 2012. Her Fall 2012 solo exhibition “Whit(Her) Goes My Heart” at Columbia College’s Goodall Gallery was critically received. She now makes her home in Columbia, SC.