Michelle is an Indigenous Photographer (Inuk) from Canada and she does a wide range of fine art, abstract, landscape and portrait photography.
Through her ancestry, education and experience she brings to work, along with her skill in photography, the ability to convey sensitivity to the preservation of her heritage. Her dedication has been recognized by many awards including the 1992 School of Visual Communication Cultural Diversity Incentive Award for the exhibition entitled, "Footprints of my Ancestors." Another image is on "Spirits" which was published in First, a catalogue for the exhibition of Aboriginal art in Newfoundland and Labrador. Baikie continues to sharpen her artistic eye in the colourful surroundings of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL. Michelle produced a publication called, Spiritual Journey: A Collection of Limited Edition Surreal Photographs, 2008. You can check out her book on Amazon.com.
Baikie has done solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, USA, Scotland, Russia and England. Her work has been published and seen in various magazines and newspapers: Today's Parent, Art Atlantic, McMaster's Time, Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, Canadian Art, National Post, and The Globe and Mail, etc.
Michelle is an artist, an educator and educational researcher. Presently, she is the Cultural Consultant/Counsellor for Nunatsiavut Government - Post-Secondary Student Support Program.
Michelle has a great interest in science and education. She had an opportunity to study in the field of biomedical photographic communications at RIT. She moved on to teaching youth in various teaching and administrative positions in a K to 12 schools until her most recent position working with undergraduate students in the Inuit Bachelor of Education Degree program offered by Nunatsiavut Government Post-Secondary Student Support Program and Memorial University of Newfoundland based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL.
She obtained four degrees:
- Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in Biomedical Photographic Communications (1994).
- Bachelor of Education (Elementary) from Memorial University (2003).
- Master of Education (Literacy) from Mount Saint Vincent University (2007)
- Master of Philosophy (Educational Research) from the University of Cambridge (2010).
Michelle did her Master Thesis on "A photo-elicitation project amongst young people in Labrador, Canada: What can we learn about voice, identity and happiness?" Cambridge University, August 2009.
Baikie had the opportunity to teach Black and White Photography - Visual Arts Department at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College - Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL during the fall semester of 2007.
Michelle recently gave a presentation on photo-elicitation use for researching one's identity, cultural and language for an undergraduate course in Education, Social Studies, July 2016.
Michelle is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts based in London, England and also a member of the RSA Canadian Chapter. She recently became a member of the Society for Photographic Education in 2016. Check out her website: www.michellerbaikie.zenfolio.com.
Michelle Baikie and other Labrador Inuit artists' work was on displayed at The Rooms during the MUN Inuit Studies Conference in October 2016. Michelle's image The Spirit Drummer and The Hunter was exhibited at The Rooms Art Gallery from Oct 8th to January 15, 2017. It will travel to Halifax, NS, Winnipeg, MB and Charlottetown, PEI for the next two years.
Please check the link at Visual Arts News: http://visualartsnews.ca/listings/the-rooms/ for further information. The Rooms link: https://www.therooms.ca/exhibits/coming-soon/sakkijajuk-art-and-craft-from-nunatsiavut and checkout the podcast on Sunday Edition with Heather Igloliorte on SakKijajuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut on Labrador Artists. Check out the link: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/listen.html?autoPlay=true&clipIds&mediaIds=926434371929&contentarea=radio&subsection1=radio1&subsection2=currentaffairs&subsection3=the_sunday_edition&contenttype=audio&title=2017%2F04%2F23%2F1.4076372-sterling-silver-teapots-digital-photos-and-wood-carvings-as-inuit-art%3F&contentid=1.4076372