Michelle Moraczewski’s first memories are drawing at her kitchen table; her feet barely long enough to touch the floor. A native of Chicago, Michelle grew up in an artistic family, her father a professional photographer and mother a piano teacher. At 11 she was shipped off to Paris, France to stay with her grandmother. There, Michelle continued the natural pull to sketch, and added painting into routine as well. She interpreted the castles and countryside, inspired by the many visits to famous museums like the Louvre and Versailles. It was there that her romance with art and architecture began and followed her the rest of her life.
After she graduated from the six-year architecture program at Rice University in Houston, she continued her studies by going back to Paris to the Atelier Neo-Medici to study privately with Surrealist Painter Patrick Betaudier. Greatly inspired, Michelle returned to the US and worked tirelessly to develop a unique style and technique, drawing and painting figures, landscapes, seascapes and still-lifes. Simultaneously she pursued a successful career in architecture and over the years, designed many structures incorporating her sensitive eye for fine art with sustainability, designs with nature, and a stoic traditionalism. All the while, Michelle continued to indulge her passion for fine art.
Michelle currently resides in Middle TN, with her painter husband Jim Poag and two children. Realizing her childhood dreams, Michelle artistically entwines both art and architecture designing buildings, painting and drawing in oil and pastel. Michelle is deeply drawn to the majestic Landscapes of the Middle Tennessee countryside with portraits and figures as the main focus in her work. She continues her studies, most recently with art masters Albert Handel and Elias Rivera.
Michelle’s work can be seen at many art galleries and events throughout the Nashville area and Michelle takes her art to galleries and shows around the US.
BORN CHICAGO IL EDUCATION: Rice University Bachelor of Architecture, May 1983 Fine Art, Art History and Architecture. Triple Major The High school for the Performing and Visual Art, Houston Art Major, Dance Minor May 1976 Atelier Neo Medici-Patrick Beteaudier Paris, France 1983 Elias Rivera Studio; Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2006 Solo Exhibits: ARCADE 57-Gallery, 5th Ave. N Nashville, TN. “Mother + child”- December 5, 2009- ARCADE 57-Gallery, 5th Ave. N Nashville, TN. “Musicians”- October 3, 2009- ARCADE 57-Gallery, 5th Ave. N Nashville, TN. “The Figure” - September 5, 2009 Landmark Booksellers, Franklin, TN, “The Historic Landscape” - 2007 Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro, TN,: July 2007 Phat Bites, “Landscapes” Nashville, Tennessee, October 2006 Factory at Franklin. Franklin, Tennessee. October 2005 Factory at Franklin. Franklin, Tennessee. May 2005 Cheekwood: Home of Art and Gardens. ‘Portrait of the Land’. Nashville, Tennessee. August 1998. Graces Plaza. Nashville, Tennessee. ‘Seasons’. 1996 Five Points Place. Franklin, Tennessee. ‘Landscapes, Houses and Barns’. 1997 Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Brentwood, Tennessee. ‘Landscapes and Horses’. June 1997 Jamin’ Java. Franklin, Tennessee. ‘Pastel Paintings’. March 1997 Maury County Public Library. Columbia, Tennessee. ‘Children, Landscapes and Horses’. May 1996 Phyllis Hall Gallery Hutching-Sealy Bldg. Galveston, TX Michelle Moraczewski & Jim Poag. 1993 The Croissant Brioche. Houston, Texas. ‘Oil Paintings’. 1993 The Croissant Brioche. Houston, Texas. ‘Pastel Portraits’. 1991 The Firehouse Gallery. Woman’s Caucus for the Arts. Houston, ”Texas Landscapes’ Pastel and watercolor. 1989.
Group Exhibit: “Ruskin Place Gallery Crawl” Back Door Gallery Seaside, Florida- November 2009 L. A. Greer Gallery- Villa place, Nashville, TN. November - January 2009 Centennial Arts Center, Nashville, December 2007 Tennessee Art League, Group Show, Oct., Nov. 2006 Tennessee Art League, Night Vision invitational Group Show October 2006 Arts and Invention Gallery, Tomato Show, Group exhibit, September, 2006 ‘Art Attack’. Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. April 2000 Maury County Arts Guild: Art Competition. Columbia, Tennessee. 1996. Three awards received. The Big Group Show. Hyatt Regency. Houston, Texas. 1984 The Assistance League Show. Competition Two Houston Center. Houston, Texas. 1984 Farrish Gallery. Rice University. Houston, Texas. 1983 The Architects League. New York City. ‘Architectural Renderings’ 1983 Sewell Hall. Rice University. Senior Show. Houston, Texas. 1981 Sewall Hall. Rice University Student Show. Houston, Texas. 1980 HSPVA. Houston, Texas. ‘Senior Show’ 1976. Selected Collections: Mrs. Antonia Heymann, Houston, TX Mrs. Ken Ward, Houston, TX Maria O’Gary. Houston,TX Gabrielle Ashley, Houston, TX Ms. M. Redding ,Columbia. TN Mr. Mark Poag, Nashville, TN Mr.Ray Howell, Culleoka,TN Mr. David Poag, Nashville, TN Dr. Deborah Doineau, Nashville, TN