Michaela Pilar Brown is an image and object maker. She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University, though she has always been a maker of things. Born in Bangor, Maine and raised in Denver, Colorado, she cut her teeth in the halls of a museum where her mother worked as a security guard, and has been immersed in the culture of objects, their making and interpretation ever since.
Brown is an independent curator and multidisciplinary artist using photography, installation, collage, painting and performance. Brown is the 2018 grand prize winner of Artfields juried art competition. She is a 2018 inaugural resident artist of the Volcanic Residency, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane, New Zealand. She was one of the six American artists selected to participate as a Resident Artist for OPEN IMMERSION: A VR CREATIVE DOC LAB produced by the CFC Media Lab, The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation in Toronto, Canada, an Inaugural Resident Artist at the 2016 Sedona Summer Colony and a 2016 Artist in Residence, Kunstlerwerkgemeinschaft Kaiserslautern, Germany and has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the McColl Center for Art and Innovation. Her work can be found in private and public museum collections in the United States. She is the former Executive Director of 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina., where she has served since 2020-2022. She serves on the board of directors for One Columbia SC, One Columbia for Arts & History is a non-profit organization formed to support and promote tourism in Columbia, South Carolina.She is also a board member of the Barabara Deming Memorial Fund, the oldest ongoing feminist granting agency. She is the new owner/director of Mike Brown Contemporary Art Gallery formerly If ART.