Michel Demanche

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    Michel Demanche is a visual artist originally from Texas, currently living and working as professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland.  She holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington and found her way to teaching high school history in a small town in Texas.  The activities as a teacher lead her to meet and work with a well-known photojournalist, Bert M. Smith.  Her love of stories moved her towards her MFA from North Texas State University at a time when postmodern artistic ideas were trickling westward to the outlands of Texas.  Her resulting practice often resides between narrative models and photographic interests.  Her concepts vary from fantasies about human relationships, symbolic systems ranging from public signs to the corporal effects of entropy. 

    Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections, notably Chase Manhattan Bank, E Systems, Duetche Bank, Frito Lay Corporation, Shepard Pratt of Baltimore, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art.

    She has been part of major exhibitions in venues ranging from local to international, such as the Art Institute and Gallery of Salisbury, or the 2003 Florence Biennale in which she won the grand prize in photography.

    Her work is represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas and Causey Contemporary Art, New York, New York.