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Michelle Segre

Adjunct Professor

Michelle Segre is a sculptor working in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her work widely since the mid-1990’s, with recent solo shows at the Derek Eller Gallery, NY and the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Recent group shows include Ephemera, at the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, Kansas, and Feed the Meter Vol. 2, at Ceysson & Bénétière Gallery in Luxembourg. Segre has been included in shows at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in NY; the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT; the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY; and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado, amongst others. She is a 2016 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship as well as a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. Past awards include a NYFA Fellowship and a Tiffany Foundation Grant. Segre is represented by the Derek Eller Gallery in New York, where she lives.

Dawn of the Looney Tune, 2017, 67 x 82 x 86 inches, Metal, wire, sponges, stick, yarn, thread, mylar, plasticine, carrots
Dawn of the Looney Tune, 2017, 67 x 82 x 86 inches, metal, wire, sponges, stick, yarn, thread, mylar, plasticine, carrots


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