Bio/CV

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Michelle Lee Rigell is a St. Louis-based contemporary realism artist who works in acrylics. 

Rigell attended Vanderbilt University, where she received her BA in Asian Studies and Neuroscience with the goal to attend medical school.  Although she does not have any formal education in art, Rigell began painting when she was four years old under the instruction of Atlanta artist, Penelope Van der Putten, and received her first set of oil paints when she was eight.​

Since 2015, Rigell has shown her work in several locations in the Greater St. Louis area including Angad Arts Hotel, SOHA Gallery and Art Saint Louis.  In March 2015, Rigell began volunteering as an instructor for the Arts As Healing Foundation (AAH), a 501(c)(3) organization that brings the therapeutic benefits of art to cancer patients and those with chronic illnesses.  In June of 2016, she coordinated her first major art show and fundraiser at the Duane Reed Gallery featuring artwork by the patients who participate in the AAH program with an attendance of over 500 guests.  She is now the assistant director of AAH and the gallery assistant at the Duane Reed Gallery.  Rigell has also participated in several other fundraising art events such as Wall Ball for Artscope, Art of PAWS for St. Louis Effort for AIDS and The Blooming Artists Project.

Education

2010
BA, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Selected Exhibitions & Charity Events 

2020

Art of PAWS Presented by Purina, St. Louis, MO

Showfields x PxP Contemporary Live Curation: Showfields

Then I Met You Art Show: Then I Met You Skincare

ONE Exhibition: PxP Contemporary
Wall Ball 2020 for Artscope: Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis, MO

Honeycomb & AO&Co. Market, St. Louis, MO

2019

May's Place Night Market: The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO

Arts As Healing Gala VIII: Vue 17, St. Louis, MO

Honeycomb & AO&Co. Market, St. Louis, MO

Art of PAWS Presented by Purina: The Grand Ballroom at Gallery 1014, St. Louis, MO

Art Saint Louis Presents Summer Exhibition: Angad Arts Hotel, St. Louis, MO

PILOT Exhibition: PxP Contemporary

THE WORKS Exhibition: OA Gallery, Kirkwood, MO

2018
Arts As Healing Gala VII: Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2017 

Annual Holiday Exhibition: SOHA Studio and Gallery, St. Louis, MO

20 Grand Exhibition: The Grandel Theatre, St. Louis, MO

Arts As Healing Gala VI: Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

The Blooming Artists Project: 1900 Park, St. Louis, MO

#nofilter Exhibition: Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO

Wall Ball 2017 for Artscope: Majorette, Maplewood, MO

2016 
Annual Holiday Exhibition: SOHA Studio and Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Mix-Tape Exhibition: Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO

Art of PAWS Presented by Purina: Gallery 400, St. Louis, MO

Arts As Healing Foundation Presents The Circle of Life: Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Activate Art Exhibition: CIC@4240, St. Louis, MO

Flashback Exhibition: Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO - “Award of Merit”

Driven to Abstraction Exhibition: Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2015

OKTA Presents A Night in HOTLANTA: Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA

eMotion Exhibition: Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO - “Best in Show”

MySLART.org August Exhibition: Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, MO

Press

Visionary Art Collective, July 2020

Capitel Magazine Mexico, October 2019

PIKCHUR Magazine, Issue 6, October 2019

Create! Magazine: Studio Sunday, August 2019

The Jealous Curator, January 2019

All the Art, Winter 2017/2018

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