My work depicts ultramodern scenes of domestic life. Creating large scale paintings (some 7 feet tall), I use family life as a reference. Documenting covertly,  I use my phone’s camera to capture our relationships with each other and daily life. Social media has idealized family life, but I try to depict moments of both simultaneous disconnect and connection. When you connect to some things, you disconnect from others, those choices shape our lives.

Painting for me is both an embrace of and resistance to domestic life. There is a saccharine image of family life depicted in pop culture. The expectation is that mothers are to provide a perfect future and produce lives of happiness and fulfillment for their children.


Master of Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Bachelor of Art, Art History, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Fine Art with Distinction, Painting & Drawing, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Solo Exhibitions

2018  Personal Fable, Divisible, Dayton OH

2017  I've never stopped wondering what my life would have been like, Dutoit Gallery, Dayton, OH

2015  No Accounting for Taste, Welker Rollins Studio, Kettering, OH

2015  Comes Furnished, Goes Furnished, Wright-Dunbar Historic District, Dayton, OH

Select Group Exhibitions / Fairs

2019 (Forthcoming) Sentimental and not, Rueff Galleries, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2019 Body Language, Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, MI

2019 /just to be alive/, 1628 Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2019 Made in Paint 2019, Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, New Berlin, NY

2018 The Other Art Fair curated by Saatchi Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2018 Oh motHER, Custom House Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2017 The Other Art Fair curated by Saatchi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017 Group Show Invitational, Muse Gallery, Hilton Downtown, Columbus, OH

2017 Bella Donna, Tejas Gallery, Dayton, OH

2017 The Ohio State Fair, Cox Fine Arts Center, Columbus, OH

2017  Hamilton Current, Fitton Center for the Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

2016  The Dig, Kelsey Projects, Dutoit Gallery, Dayton, OH & Miami Township Library, Miamisburg, OH

2016  Resonate, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH

2016 The Ohio State Fair, Cox Fine Arts Center, Columbus, OH

2015  The Body Electric, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH

Awards / Scholarships/ Prizes/ Residencies

2018 Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, New Berlin, NY (fellowship)

2017 Winner, Art in the City, Dayton, OH

2016 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (grant recipient)

2015  Winner Best in Show, Dayton Society of Art, Dayton, OH

2015  Winner Lombard Prize / Best in Show, The Contemporary, Dayton, OH


2019 Mychaelyn Michalec, Artist, Mother Maker Podcast

2019 Friend of the Artist, Vol. 8

2019 Mychaelyn Michalec, What we talk about when we talk about home, Goblin Market

2018 Five Dots Magazine

2018 The Jealous Curator

2018 Chicago: An Interview with Artist Mychaelyn Michalec, Canvas Blog, Saatchi Art

2018 Seven Questions, Artist Interview-Mychaelyn Michalec, Faithwaites / Cat Greene

2018 Cooties Presents: Mychaelyn Michalec, Cooties Zine

2018 #5 Women Artists: And the Domestic Realm, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

2018 Create! Magazine, issue 8 

2018 Studio Visit Magazine, volume 40

2017 The Art Show, PBS, Season 7, Episode 12, Aired

2017 Elephant Magazine's Five Must See Artists at The Other Art Fair, Canvas Blog, Saatchi Art

2017 Art Maze Magazine, page 83, Issue 4

2017 After Vermont stay, Oakwood artist creates show with memories of home, Pam Dillon, Dayton Daily News

2017 Mychaelyn Michalec: Art Install at Miamisburg Library

2016 Living Dayton, Reimagining Works Interview

2016 Young Space Interview,

2015 Top Ten for Dayton Visual Arts 2015, Dayton Most Metro

2015 Artists chosen for library's Miamisburg branch, Dayton Daily News

2015 Artist Awarded Library Commission, wins Best in Show in Dayton Society of Painters & Sculptors juried show

2015 Painting in the Dark, Dayton at Work and Play

2015 Michalec wins Lombard Prize, Best in Show at DVAC exhibit


Dayton Metro Public Library

Private Collections

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