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Ingrid Blixt
ingrid@ingridartstudio.com
906.399.4743

 

I am a visual artist, now living in Lansing, Michigan.
I was born in Romania where I finished school, but I lived most of my adult life in US, Michigan.
My journey started in Romania and took me to far away lands, as amazing as the ones I came from.
Through motherhood and creativity, with no deja-vu’s, only new days filled with new wonders, new worries and new rememberings of old wisdoms which remind you to not worry – I ride along 4 beautiful souls, 4 beautiful faces, too often poking at bright screens; four people I’m so happy I got the chance to meet: my husband and 3 children.
We live in Lansing, Michigan, a place I never thought I would live, by two pink flowering crab apple trees, with blooms that are the highlight of our spring.
I like to make things: I make art, crooked benches, improvised looms… and love photography – I actually think it helps me remember magical moments. When it comes to art, graphite drawing is my first choice, sometimes combined with silver leaf. Otherwise I incorporate in my work encaustic painting in combination with reclaimed barn wood and when it comes to it, a variety of mixed media techniques: I learned to appreciate digital illustration for its versatility or the metal leaf for its magical element of light through its reflective properties.
The use of metal leaf is inspired from Byzantine iconography, which is so close to my heart. Along with Byzantine art, Christian philosophy are the main influences in my work, but i have to admit Pintrest is pretty cool too.
In my first years living in US, I was describing my work as bringing with it the experience of a different cultural environment, which was true, although I was highlighting the differences – now, i see my work as a tool in finding common elements that unite us.

After our first daughter was born, my work naturally gained a new dimension and surfaced in the form of colorful, whimsical illustrations, therefore my studio branched a new line: Bright Day . The playful artworks in this line come as originals (digital illustrations combined with traditional techniques), prints, jewelry and fabric designs, often incorporating drawings my daughter and I make together.

Besides studio work I teach art classes on  various techniques from digital to traditional mediums and work on various graphic design/web projects.

I graduated with a MFA from the University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania.

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2016

Personal Exhibit : Following the Sun, at Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing MI
Personal Exhibit at Eggleston Art Gallery and Studios, Bath MI

2015

Lansing Art Gallery:Time|Place: 50th Anniversary Competition

Arts Council of Greater Lansing: Chris Clark Fellowship Award

2014

Kingdom,The Animal in Contemporary Art – Cincinnati, OH

Breathe Fire. Drink Water. Repeat – River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, Michigan

2013

Chris Clark Fellowship Program for Creative Professionals Award, Lansing Arts Council, MI

Post ArtPrize, Frames Unlimited Gallery, Grand Rapids MI

Art Prize, Grand Rapids MI

Personal exhibit at 1212 Gallery, Lansing MI

4th Culture Open Studio

Personal exhibit Hartwig Gallery, Bay College, Escanaba MI

2012

Northern Exposure XIX, W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Personal exhibit at Vertin Gallery, Calumet, MI

2011

“Stains” – personal exhibit, Slag Gallery, New York

Northern Lights” – Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI

2010

“Against Inert Uniformity” – personal exhibit at Peter White Library, Marquette MI

“North of the Bridge” – group exhibit at Crooked Tree Art center, Petoskey MI

“Reconstructions”” – personal exhibit at Copper Country Art center, Hancock MI

“Reconstructions” – personal exhibit at Besse Center, Bay College, Escanaba, MI

“Photogeography” – photography exhibit at W. Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba, MI

“Messages” – Peter White Library, Marquette, MI

2009

Bluffton University, Sauder Visual Arts Center, OH

Northern Exposure XVI, W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Personal exhibit at Alberta House, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

DeVos Art Museum, North of the 45th,Marquette, MI

Personal exhibit at W. Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI

The Red Crow Anthologies Gallery, Love is in the AIR, Grass Valley, CA

2008

In Flight, Peter White Library, Marquette, MI

Northern Exposure XV, W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Personal exhibit at Vertin Gallery, Calumet MI

Personal exhibit at Bluffton University, Sauder Visual Arts Center, OH

2007

MI Elements, Mi Elements Art Gallery, Chicago IL

Northern Exposure XIV, W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Celebration of the Upper Peninsula as Home, Traveling Exhibit through Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Artists of the U.P.,  DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Collected Remnants, The CVA, Wausau WI

International Language, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana

Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition: Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

Waters of Superior, Duluth MN

2006

Personal Exhibit Studio 231/House of Muses, Marquette, MI

Small Art Woerpel  Images Art Gallery, Escanaba, MI

Waters of Superior, Duluth MN

Northern Exposure XII, W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Nature Elements Woerpel Images Art Gallery, Escanaba, MI

Artists of the U.P. DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

2005

Small Art – Woerpel Images Art Gallery, Escanaba, MI

Northern Exposure XII – W. Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba, MI

Personal Exhibit – Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

Personal Exhibit – The Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI

Personal Exhibit – Cielo Art Gallery, Ishpeming, MI

Opening Season -Cielo Art Gallery, Ishpeming, MI

Personal Exhibit: “Manifestation of Sacred” W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

2004

Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Personal Exhibit – “Human Dimension: Manifestation of Sacred” Rankin Art Gallery, Ferris State University, Big Rapids
Northern Exposure XI, W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Exhibit: Purchase Prizes and Gifts: 2002-2004, Bay de Noc Community College

Seven in Wyandotte, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI

Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Rhinelander, WI

After the Fall: Agrarian Landscapes in a Post-Industrial Society – W. Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba, MI
Bay Area Art Association, Annual Membership Exhibit

Bonifas Arts Center’s Upper Peninsula exhibit -Superior States: The Governor’s Invitational Show – Governor Jennifer Granholm’s executive offices in Lansing , MI

Personal exhibit – “Human Dimension and the Sacred” – Finnish American Heritage Center Gallery Finlandia University, Hancock, MI

2003

Northern Exposure X, W. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Personal Exhibit: “Human Dimensions”, Oasis Gallery for Contemporary Art, Marquette, MI

Bay Area Art Association, Annual Membership Exhibit

2002

Personal Exhibition: “Human Dimensions, Bay de Noc Community College Gallery, Escanaba, MI

Northern Exposure IX, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Bay Area Art Association, Annual Membership Exhibit

2001

Northern Exposure VIII, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

2 thoughts on “About

  1. You are truly a gift. I love your work. I finally hung your image of a modern Mother Mary in the living room rather than in my bedroom so more people can experience it. The ley lines are fine with the new location. Pretty powerful stuff. Thank you.

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