Charlie Michaels is a studio and community artist living in Southeast Michigan. His work focuses broadly on relationships between people, nature, and urban environments through exhibitions, installations, works on paper, and public projects that engage youth and communities in Detroit, Ghana, and Indonesia. Charlie is currently on staff and teaches at the University of Michigan where he designs courses that bring students into Detroit schools to collaborate on art & design projects with youth and into Correctional Facilities to facilitate art & creative writing workshops with incarcerated adults and teens. Since 2013, he has been a curator on the Prison Creative Arts Project’s Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated individuals in the world. Charlie has received fellowships in socially engaged and community arts from National Arts Strategies and the Vermont Studio Center.


Prison Creative Arts Project

Stamps School of Art & Design Profile

On Reframing Photography 


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