Michelle O’Patick-Ollis is a professional artist who resides in Unicoi, TN. Trained as a printmaker, she began her studies at East Tennessee State University (BFA 1995) and continued her fine art education at Arizona State University (MFA 1999). After college, she worked as a vitreography printer for Harvey Littleton Studios. She later took the position of Manager of Exhibits at Hands On Regional Museum where she worked as a muralist who enhanced the permanent and traveling exhibits. O’Patick-Ollis went on to receive a MAT degree in K-8 Education/K-12 Art Education (2005) and taught Art for 17 years before pursuing a career as a full-time artist.
O’Patick-Ollis maintains an active exhibition practice. Her artwork has been exhibited locally and nationally at: William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA; Appalachian Center for Craft, Cookeville, TN; Fraser Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA; Parchman Stremmel Galleries, San Antonio, TX; and Gormley Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Her work can be found in collections across the country such as: The New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut; Scottsdale Contemporary Museum of Art in Arizona; University of Washington Book Arts and Rare Book Collection in Seattle, Washington; North West Art Center in North Dakota; and Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona, among others. In addition to her exhibition record, she was the recipient of: The Bill Griffith Art Educator’s Fellowship at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; TN Arts Commission 2022 Individual Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.