Meet Michelle Belto, IEA Mentor

Michelle Belto

Unwavering Faith,

Encaustic, pigment, oil and cold wax on panel, 20 x 16”

What Michelle Belto offers her mentees:

Michelle Belto believes that the role of a mentor is to understand and support the artist’s struggle to create authentic and personal work. Her mentoring offers targeted and in-depth responses to the needs of artists who need a jump-start for their work, to strengthen their artistic voice, or to find guidance in creating a new body of work for an exhibition. She sees her life’s work as an educator and mentor to help develop an insightful process for deciphering meaning and purpose from the art we create.

Michelle provides tailored assignments and feedback to meet the artist’s goals. Mentoring includes in-person or virtual studio visits to discuss work in progress, studio practice, or difficulties with the medium. For artists who want to deepen their work, Michelle provides meaningful materials and exercises to find direction or to clarify a vision.

About Michelle

Michelle Belto has been an artist and teacher since 1971. She holds a BA in Education with teaching certifications in Art and Theater and an MA in Art and Consciousness from JFK University in California. Her performer, presenter, and visual artist work spans over forty years, three continents, and thirteen publications.

Belto has exhibited throughout the United States and has been a featured performer in numerous national and international venues. She has written and produced several scripts, including Hildegard of Bingen, a full-length one-woman play that she performed throughout the United States and Canada. Her innovative community arts work includes the founder of The Gaslight Theater in Shiner, TX, founder of Rebarn, Center for Spirituality and Art in San Antonio, TX, and co-founder of The Enso Circle, a virtual artist residency now in its eighth term. Visual arts awards include Creative Capital/SA 2008, SA Arts Foundation Grant 2009 finalist, IEA La Vendéenne Award 2013, and many awards for her work.

Her book, Wax and Paper Workshop, Techniques for Handmade Paper and Encaustic Painting, published by North Light Press (Now Random House), numerous instructional videos on encaustic painting along with her thirteen-year position as adjunct faculty of Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas has been instrumental in creating a full national, international and virtual teaching schedule.

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