Bachelor of Fine Arts | Florida International University - Miami, Florida

Studio Art & Art History


Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth, Florida

Group Exhibitions


ruining love songs, Arts & Culture Center of Hollywood - Hollywood, FL


GROUNDED, Spinello Projects - Miami, FL

Commuter Biennial - Miami, FL

Reframe, Various Locations - Miami Beach, FL

It will never be quite familiar to you, Oolite Arts - Miami, FL

The Compassion Project, Coral Gables Museum - Miami, FL

The body as a centerpiece, Supplement Projects - Miami, FL


COLLECTIVITY, Bakehouse Art Complex - Miami, FL

RCS: 1-50. Bakehouse Art Complex - Miami, FL

FORGED PATH: Culture, History, & Freedom, Little Haiti Cultural Complex - Miami, FL

BECAUSE THE DAWN BREAKS, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery - Detroit, MI

southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art, Ritter Art Gallery - Boca Raton, FL


To Love Like a Woman (Curatorial), The Annex  - Miami, FL

Finding Home, Spinello Projects - Miami, FL**

Champions, The Armory Center – West Palm Beach,FL


Intersectionality, The Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami, FL
ASCENT, Nova Southeastern University Gallery – Davie, FL


9 Topics, Girls Club Collection – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Alternative Contemporaneity – Museum of Contemporary Art – North Miami, FL


BFA Thesis Show, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Art – Miami, FL

In Bituin, Girls’ Club Collection – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thaw Out, Space Mountain – Miami, FL

CEADA, Indigo Sky Community Gallery – Savannah, GA
In Bituin, Dwelling Projects – Plantation, FL


Tezina, Dwelling Projects, Plantation, FL

facesEXPOSED, Art Serve – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Workshops | Lectures


Talk | Michelle Lisa Polissaint & Terence Price II, Commuter Biennial - Miami, FL

Happening @ Elsewhere Museum - Greensboro, NC

Talk @ Elsewhere Museum - Greensboro, NC


Art in the Development of Urban Miami Neighborhoods, CADA - Miami, FL

Create in Power: Using Art to Dismantle Racial Inequities, CIC - Miami, FL

Art Roundtable: Michelle Lisa Polissaint, NSU Museum - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Local Views: Michelle Lisa Polissaint. Perez Art Museum, Miami - Miami, FL

Noon Time Artist Talk - Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton, FL

southxeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art, Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton, FL


JAM Fest 2017, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, TN


Good Intentions Aren’t Good Enough, Common Field Convening - Miami, FL

Roundtable: Gentrification, Locust Projects - Miami, FL
On Identity & Place, Florida International University - Miami, FL


Artist Talk – TAZ, Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami, FL


Quilting Bee with Michelle Lisa Polissaint, NSU Museum - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Quilting Bee with Michelle Lisa Polissaint, NSU Museum - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Professional Experience

Oct, 19 - Present

Oolite Arts | Education & Community Engagement Manager

Oct, 19 - Present

Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation | Arts Programmer

Oct, 17 - Apr, 19

Locust Projects | Program and Outreach Manager

Jun, 17 - Oct, 17

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami | Community Engagement Assistant

Jun, 15 - Oct, 17

The Miami Rail | Program Manager

Aug, 15 - Oct, 16

Common Field | Planning Partner

Oct, 16 - Jun, 16

New World School of the Arts - MDC | Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator

Jan, 15 - Sep, 15

Hialeah Cultural Center - Miami Dade College | Project Manager

Commissions | Awards | Grants 


The Ellies Creator Award, ArtCenter/ South Florida - Miami, FL


Grant Recipient, The Awesome Foundation



Oolite Arts - Home & Away Resident, Atlantic Center for the Arts - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Southern Constellations Resident, Elsewhere Museum - Greensboro, NC


Resident Artist, Bakehouse Art Complex - Miami, FL



Martinez, Nicole. “Bakehouse Rising Vol. 3: November 2019.” Bakehouse Rising, Bakehouse Art Complex, Nov. 2019, Web.

Estape, Taylor. “Commuter Biennial Takes Public Art to Communities Ignored by Large Cultural Institutions.” The Miami New Times, 13 Aug. 2019.

Estape, Taylor. “Oolite Arts' ‘It Will Never Become Quite Familiar to You’ Considers Cultural Intersections.” Miami New Times, 4, 16 July 2019, Web.

Sunday Painter x GeoVanna Gonzalez & Michelle Lisa Polissaint.” Sunday Painter, created by Alex Nunez, Jolt Radio, 11 June 2019, Web.

Byrd, Cathy. “Public Art Meets Poetry in O, Miami.” Fresh Art International, 30 Apr. 2019, Web.

Martinez, Alexandra. “Two Little Haiti Artists Are Resisting Gentrification With an Army of Umbrellas.” Miami New Times, 24 Apr. 2019, Web.


Uszerowicz, Monica. “Your Concise Guide to Miami Art Week 2018.” Hyperallergic, Hyperallergic, 6 Dec. 2018, Web.

Martinez, Nicole. “Four Miami Artists Whose Work Expresses Who They Are and Where They Live.” Miami Indulge, Indulge Miami, 24 Nov. 2018, Web & Print.

Moon, Najja. “A Portrait of Michelle Lisa Polissaint.” Edited by Ekaterina Juskowski, Miami Girl Magazine, 20 Nov. 2018, Web.

Miami Times Staff. “Various Local Artists Win Big at The Ellies.” The Miami Times, 31 Oct. 2018, Web.

VoyageMIA. “Meet Michelle Lisa Polissaint in Little Haiti.” Voyage MIA Magazine | Miami City Guide, 13 Sept. 2018, Web.

Spinello Projects, director. “The Annex Walk Through: Michelle Lisa Polissaint. Vimeo, Spinello Projects”, 10 Sept. 2018, Web.

Vailati, Laura. “Michelle Lisa Polissaint between Art and Social Life. – Miami Niche.” Miami Niche, 23 July 2018, Web.

BABA Collective. “RCS Vol. 42 | Michelle Lisa Polissaint.” Season 1, episode Vol. 42, Feb. 2018.

Valys, Phillip. “Hair neckties and other ‘SouthXeast’ art at Florida Atlantic University.” N.p. 30 Jan. 2018. Web.

Digital Journal. “Seven Miami Artist Speak Up About Gentrification with a Group Exhibit in Little Haiti.” N.p. 10 Jan. 2018. Web.

Estape, Taylor. “Four Miami Artists to Watch in 2018”. The Miami New Times. N.p. 2 Jan. 2018 Web.


Uszerowicz, Monica. “Caribbean Artists Mine Their Immigrant Identities.” Hyperallergic. N.p. 27 Jan. 2017. Web.


Levin, Jordan. “Which Miami neighborhood will be the next to be ‘Art-Washed’?.” The Miami Herald. N.p. 24 Oct 2016. Web.

Arroyo, Eddie. "A Conversation with Michelle Lisa Polissaint." N.p., 22 Feb. 2016. Web.

Rinnhofer, Angelika. "Interviews." Prep 4 Art School. N.p., 20 June 2016. Web.

michelle lisa polissaint | visual arts & arts organizer based in miami, florida | @lichellemisa |