Current Residents

Macaulay House Studio Residency

February 2024

Maria Michails (QC/NY)
Feb 5 – 27

Maria Michails is an interdisciplinary artist based in Quebec and New York. Her installations and social
practice bridge the arts, the natural and social sciences, and technology, focusing on civic engagement
with environmental issues. Her most recent projects turn her attention to cold climates and the loss of
winter, both at home and further afield. As a long-time self-propelled backcountry traveler, she has
witnessed and personally experienced the diminishing snowpack and lake ice formations. Her current
postdoctoral research brings her to the Yukon to observe and learn about how climate change has
affected the Territory’s tundra-taiga ecotone region north of Dawson City. While at KIAC she will be
exploring the soundscape ecologies – a new medium in her working approach – of the rivers,
surrounding mountains, and the town. She welcomes companionship on these excursions as she begins
this new practice of deep listening.

Michails has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout North America and Europe. Her work has
been awarded grants and fellowships from NY State Council on the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts,
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fonds de recherche du Québec, and
Conseils des arts and des lettres du Québec. Funded residencies include Banff Centre, Eyebeam NYC,
Sculpture Space, and Central Michigan University. Her work has been profiled in Scientific American,
The Alt, the Albany Times Union, as well as books and catalogues. She has published essays and
articles by Routledge, Digital Creativity, and Transformations Journal. Michails earned an MFA in
Intermedia from Arizona State University, a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, Troy, NY, and is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Ottawa with affiliation at
Yukon University.

You can view her works at and