Michel Droge is a painter, printmaker and educator whose work engages with the environment and the human condition in an era of uncertainty. The work embraces a layering of scientific research with inspiration from literary and poetic sources to formulate abstract visions. The current body of work is inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses and draws parallels from this epic poem to the present day cultural and ecological exploitation of environmental and social ecosystems.
Droge is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and two Maine Arts Commission Grants and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Tides Institute, The Joseph Fiore Foundation, The Stephen Pace House and The Saltonstall Foundation.
Droge’s work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including at the Bates College Art Museum, The University of Maine, The Cue Art Foundation in NYC, ICA at MECA, Gould Academy, Boston University and Brandeis University.
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Grants & Awards
2016 - Maine Arts Commission Project Grant
2011 - Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant
2010 - Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant
2010, 2009 - Maine College of Art Scholarly Merit Award
2010 - Dean’s Scholarship Maine College of Art
2009 - Albert K. Murray Grant Fine Arts Scholarship
2019 - Native and Endangered Plants, Maine Audubon Society, Falmouth, ME
2019 - Michel Droge: Hiraeth, University of Maine, Machias, ME
2018 - Michel Droge: Remembering Tomorrow, Press Hotel, Portland, ME
2018 - Michel Droge: Paintings and Drawings, LA Arts Center, Lewiston, ME
2017 - Michel Droge: Hiraeth, Frank Brockman Gallery, Brunswick, ME
2017 - Michel Droge, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME
2016 - Michel Droge: Nocturnes, University of Maine, Farmington, ME
2015 - Michael Droge: Tiny Catastrophes, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME
2014 - Michel Droge: Chaos, Sacarrappa Artists Collective, Westbrook, ME