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The Artist in Residence & Teaching (ART) Program

The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community. The program represents a significant part of Susan’s lasting legacy–as a beloved local artist and environmental advocate.

The ART program works to develop and enhance the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media. Past visiting artists include: Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Michelle Ross, Richard Notkin, Katherine Ace, Laura Ross Paul, Tip Toland, Sergei Isupov and Phoebe Toland.

To learn more about Susan and this lasting gift to the community, visit The Placer Community Foundation.

Scholarships for SCG ART Program Workshops

The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program Fund at the Placer Community Foundation provides financial support to local artists and high school art students for the purpose of participating in an in-depth workshop taught by a visiting, nationally acclaimed artist. 

Applications Closed on May 30th, 2018

Meet Michelle Gregor 2018 SCG Resident & Teaching Artist

Hosted by Blue Line Arts, Gregor will share her artistic vision this June through demonstrations, figure studies, hands-on building and discussions surrounding the art of sculpting.

Artist's Statement
Current Work
Artist's Statement

Michelle Gregor sculpts the abstracted human figure in ceramic. Continuing the tradition of artists such as Manuel Neri and Stephen DeStaebler (with whom she worked during her graduate studies), Gregor’s forms apply the free, intuitive impulses of Abstract Expressionism to figurative representation.

Her pieces range in dimension from a few inches tall to architectural-scale bronzes, but are unified in their sense of calm, mass and balance, simultaneously suggesting motion and repose. Perhaps best known as a colorist, her painterly, multi-layered and multi-fired approach to surface endows her sculptures with a sense of depth and the passage of time.

Gregor has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. She is a tenured Professor of Art at San Jose City College.


Current Work

For more of Michelle's current work please visit her portfolio HERE


Michelle Gregor: Seeking Resonance (by John Seed)


Artist Michelle Gregor, whose ceramic figures radiate an aura of burnished grace, knows how to create balance in her work. She has a tremendous feeling for the marriage between form and surface and an intuitive sense for the way a completed work can simultaneously suggest ephemerality and timelessness.

 “I want each piece to have its own center,” she explains, “its own vitality.”

After twenty years of teaching and exhibiting in the Bay Area, Gregor has gained an admiring following for her art. Art dealer John Natsoulas considers Gregor the single most important second-generation figurative sculptor of the Bay Area Figurative Group and the obvious successor of Manuel Neri and Stephen De Staebler.

Considered a leading figure in the second generation of Bay Area Figuration, Gregor is a multifaceted artist who works in clay, bronze, paint and drawing media, handling each medium with a process-oriented and intuitive approach that results in painterly forms and images. She has a masterful, intuitive sense of color that unifies her productions in various media and endows all of her work with a painterly vigor that reflects her Bay Area roots and also her deep understanding of Abstract Expressionism.



To read more please visit Michelle's website HERE


SCG ART Program Events

Blue Line Arts offers the following activities as a special opportunity for our community to meet with Michelle and learn about her craft.

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