“ Art has the power to heal the soul”- Michelle Sider
A Michigan-based mixed media artist, Michelle Sider’s detailed works draw from a globally-informed and thoughtful perspective.
In her illustrations, paintings and especially her lush and detailed glass mosaics, Sider is known for exploring the themes of identity, of seeking a sense of place, and featuring light and spirituality.
Sider has perfected a painterly style and her works are often recognized by bold, colorful designs and expressive content. A richness and depth is expressed in Sider’s work that often evokes emotions in those who view and experience it.
“My work has been described as having an ethereal and painterly quality,” Sider has noted.
That may be most applicable to her mosaics. Sider was inspired to make glass mosaics after viewing them at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and on travels abroad to Italy and Israel. She studied the techniques locally and later with artists in Italy, Israel, Belgium, Detroit, Boston and Costa Rica to develop her style. Her painting background strongly informs the realistic and abstract approach she takes with mosaics.
Underneath each of her mosaics is a fully-completed and highly detailed painting which serves as a guide to the overall look and feel of the finished work.
Since 2019, she’s been developing this series of mosaics titled “I am Yemenite.” The works are meant to challenge perceptions of immigrants, and in particular share the story of Jews of Arab descent. She’s embraced the history behind these works and hopes to spark conversations about the experience of immigrants, minorities, assimilation vs. maintaining identity and of people of color living in different regions of the world. “My goal is to teach and honor those whose story I wish to tell. This body of work is both personally meaningful and relevant today as we struggle with the plight of refugees from many regions.”
Concurrently, Sider has been creating glass mosaic and gold works focusing on reflected light and light filled landscapes. She expresses her gratitude and awe for the beauty that exists in our complicated world through these works.
“In times like these we turn to the arts as a way to relax, decompress or change our mood. I thought it would be fun to focus on the theme of reflected light while using reflective materials such as glass and gold. Surrounding yourself with beauty can help you have a positive and grateful view which I think is very healthy for the mind, body and soul.” she said.
In yet another exciting body of work, Sider has created her “On the Side of the Road” series. Michigan’s roads get a lot of attention – primarily because areas are often in need of repair. However Sider found something else along the state’s scenic roadways – inspiration. Using the patterns created by crumbling asphalt, tar, strewn rocks, debris, grasses and other materials which inspire the abstract patterns in her work, Sider creates exquisitely textured mosaics. Incorporating glass, stone, metal, bicycle parts, beads and other materials into her painterly approach to mosaic allows her to incorporate beauty and array of textures into artful pieces fit for any collector.
1982: B.F.A.,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
1980-1981:Junior year abroad at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
1980-1981: Junior year abroad at Wayne State University Art Department, Detroit, MI.
1985: M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI.
1992: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI.
Sider has continued her art education on a consistent basis, learning with painters and mosaic artists including: Robert Wilbert, Leslie Masters, Robert Schefman, Mireille Swinnen, Yulia Hanansen, Carol Shelkin, Stanley Rosenthal, Dani Katzir, Barbara Cashman, Gail Rosenberg, Pini Gur, Edna Segev, Laura Rendlen, Yael Draznin Blumberger, Kelly Knickerbocker, Tami Macala, Gila Rayburn and Donna VanHooser.
Recent Awards and Shows:
2022: Landscape Exhibit: CMA2, March 2022.
2022: Mosaic Artists of Michigan Exhibit, Anton Art Center, Jan. 2022.
2022: Solo Art Show: Gallery 118, Jan.-Feb 2022.
2021:“Unity and Balance” Mosaic Artists of Michigan Exhibit, Anton Art Center, Nov-Dec. 2021.
2021: Terra & Tide III Art Exhibit, Envision Arts, September, 2021.
2021: ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI. September-October 2021.
2021: “Aqua II” Art Exhibit, Envision Art, August, 2021.
2021: Second Place in the “Summertime” Exhibition, Helvet Art Exhibition, July, 2021.
2021: Artist’s Presentation, Ceramics and Mosaic Artists Association, “I am Yemenite” series June, 2021.
2021: Artist’s Presentation, Tuesday Night Study Group, “I am Yemenite” series June, 2021.
2021: Best in Show, “Take Me Away” Exhibition, New England Mosaic Society.
2021: Juror’s Choice Award in “Take Me Away” Exhibition, New England Mosaic Society.
2021: Featured Artist Presentation “I am Yemenite” series, June 14, 2021. Sponsored by CMA2.
2021: “Women in Arts” Exhibit, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Las Laguna, C.A.
2021: “Juxtaposed” Art Exhibition, CMA2, Online juried art exhibit.
2021: Second Sunday Artist Talk sponsored by SAGE Metro Detroit and Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit, MI
2021: Featured artist on the cover of the Society of American Mosaic Artist magazine “Groutline”, Jan, 2021.
2021: Mosaic Arts International Exhibition, Society of American Mosaic Artists, March, 2021. https://americanmosaics.org/mosaic-arts-international/.
2021: Featured artist on cover of Society of American Mosaic Artist magazine “Groutline” Jan. edition
2020: Third Place in hand-made category, Canvas Pontiac, Pontiac, MI., Jan. 2021. Print of winning art displayed in downtown Pontiac. Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=772392130176325&extid=0985gHuHY8leoL8e
2020: “12×12” Installation by the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club, Kayrod Gallery, Detroit, MI
2020: “Steam” Exhibit, Janice Charach Gallery, W. Bloomfield, MI.
2020: Featured artist in “Mosaics”, a private international online mosaic community.
2019: Featured artist in “Mosaics”, a private international online mosaic community.
2019: “Bond- 5 Mosaic Artists” Exhibit, South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI.
2019: “Mosaic Artists of Michigan” Exhibit, Lapeer Center for the Arts, Lapeer, MI.
2019: Huntington Woods Artists Walk, Huntington Woods, MI.
2019: “Never Long Enough Art Exhibit”, Huntington Woods Gallery, Huntington Wds., MI.
2019: “Origins” Exhibit, Janice Charach Gallery, W. Bloomfield, MI.
2019: Mosaic installation, Beaumont, Royal Oak, MI.
2018: “Mosaic Artists of Michigan Show”, Lowell Arts Gallery, Lowell, MI.
2018: “Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work, Univ. of Michigan”, Gutman Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI.
2018: “Palate to Palette: Art & Appetite Exhibit”, Crooked Tree Arts Ctr., Traverse City, MI.
2018: One Woman Art Exhibit, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, MI.
2018: Mosaic installation, St. Joseph Hospital, Pontiac, MI.
Dr. Michelle Sider is the co-author and illustrator of two books: “Never Long Enough: Finding Comfort and Hope Amidst Grief and Loss”, 2017 and “Never Long Enough Workbook/Coloring Book”, 2019.
Link to purchase book here.
Selected Press Coverage:
Today’s Featured SAMA Professional Member is Michelle Sider, learn more about her here: https://americanmosaics.org/featured-member-michelle-sider/
Groutline Magazine, e-journal for the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Winter Issue Vol. 22 No. 1, Cover Story, Journeys…Spiritual, Artistic, Intellectual.
Groutline Magazine,e-journal for the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Featured Member, Nov. 2, 2020. Americanmosaics.org/groutline/.
Canvas Pontiac: Art and photography contest sponsored by the DIA. Art work on buildings in downtown Pontiac, canvaspontiac.com.
Artist Michelle Sider Has Created a Series-Detroit Jewish News https://issuu.com/detroitjewishnews/docs/djn_082720_lr/s/10918582
Mosaic artist eases pain of pandemic with scenes of Michigan’s beauty– The Oakland Press https://www.theoaklandpress.com/entertainment/mosaic-artist-eases-pain-of-pandemic-with-scenes-of-michigans-beauty/article_2870a94e-e31d-11ea-8430-675847604b3d.html
Take 5 , Featured artist, New England Mosaic Artists Newsletter, June 2020 Edition.
Voices of Experience: A Reflection on Grief and Mourning – Grief Healing
Grief Chat Radio Interview (video) – KDWA AM Radio, Mitch Carmody
Krakoff, Sider collaborate on book that can bring comfort to mourners – Detroit Jewish News
‘Never Long Enough’ helps families honor loved ones’ lives – Read the Spirit
Society of American Mosaic Artists,
British Association of Mosaic Artists
Mosaic Artists of Australia and New Zealand
Mosaic Artists of Michigan,
Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club