Michele Lauriat earned her BFA in 2002 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and her MFA in 2011 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Lauriat makes oversized landscape drawings using mixed media on paper (primarily gouache, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and wax pencil). Her drawings have been exhibited nationally, including solo shows in Chicago, Vermont, and Massachusetts. In 2012, Lauriat participated in artist residencies at Zion National Park, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki Point National Monuments, and Grand Canyon National Park. Her notables include nominations for the Blanche E. Colman Award and the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship, as well as the following awards: What is life worth?, a Feinberg Family Award; New Art 2002 at MPG Boston; and the Boit Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Among her other accomplishments, Lauriat managed SM&KK Studios Pop-up Gallery in Chicago, is a UMass Arts Council Grant Recipient, and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign.