Papillion Institute of Art
Papillion Institute of Art which is often referred to as P.I.A. was established the spring of 2010 opening its doors to the public April 15. The 1200 sq ft art space houses its own gallery where solo and group shows are curated monthly. It is a home for contemporary, performance and digital media art.
As a gallery space P.I.A. is a launch pad for emerging artists and a space for established artists to present new works. An artist in residence program is also hosted under the gallery umbrella where studio space, art materials and other resources are provided to the artists with the intent to create and exhibit new work.
As an institute P.I.A. is committed to education through the arts. It is the sole intent to provide a necessary learning experience to those not traditionally exposed to fine art in a way that is easily and comfortably accessible. Providing art workshops and classes year round in all disciplines of the arts taught by volunteers of art professionals and working artists. During the summer months P.I.A. hosts and does outreach to local youth organizations for their free summer academy. In 2011 the institute launched its new schedule of programming consisting of interactive and "social media smart" projects like live streaming art openings, live streamed artist talks with questions being accepted from the in house audience and virtual audience from all over the globe, a new quarterly series SF'SS short film screening series and P.I.A. TV which is the online art network dedicated to creating and producing original web series based on art and the culture around it.
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- Fine Art Acquisition and Secondary Art Market, Corporate Art Collecting, Curatorial Services, Art Direction/Consulting for Brands, Musical Artists and TV & Film, Art Consultation
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- We offer reasonable payment plan accommodations for beginning collectors and first time art buyers
Michelle Joan Papillion
"to have someone appreciate what you appreciate is the greatest reward"
Michelle Joan Papillion is the founder of the Papillion Institute of Art. She grew up in the arts, trained in the disciplines of music both vocally and instrumentally, dance, drama, fine art and art history. Michelle has always been fascinated with answering questions and then coming up with new ones. In college she studied archeology, classics and art history. In New York she worked in the art world for 7 years before relocating to Los Angeles and eventually starting P.I.A.
Miss Papillion has performed archeological excavations in the Americas and in Africa. She has curated art shows across three continents (North America, Europe, Africa) and has worked in every possible field in the art world from writing, art dealing, art directing, docent, buyer, curator, lecturer, intern and now gallerist.
She is an artist and values the art of traveling. If you can't find her in the gallery she is probably on a set as she also works as a full time actress. In late 2009 Michelle began directing and producing a series of short art documentaries. She is developing her directing skills by continuing with making (art house) shorts.