Michelle Ranta

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  • MFA, The New York Academy of Art
  • BFA, Univ Michigan-Ann Arbor

I am a child of Finnish immigrants with English as my second language.  My father was a child refugee of the Winter War.  Growing up in my hometown in Upper Peninsula Michigan on the border of Canada I was exposed to a wide diversity of cultures with immigrants from Finland and Italy as well as the large local Native American population.  Surrounded by the Great Lakes and gorgeous wilderness I was inspired to become an artist and pursue my education traveling around the world in learning about art.  Personally experiencing the tragedy of September 11 in New York City I began appreciate the power of art to heal from trauma and dedicated my life to bringing art as a teacher to everyone who wants to learn.  There is beauty in both the creation of art as well as simply experiencing it. 

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