WOOLPUNK

MICHELLE VITALE

Michelle Vitale (aka Woolpunk)
Born in Summit, New Jersey, 1971. 
Lives and works in Jersey City, NJ

EDUCATION
2001 Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, MFA
2001 Douglas College, Rutgers University, Women’s Studies Certificate 
1993 Catholic University, Washington, DC. BA in Studio Art

HONORS
2013 Robinhood Foundation Grant, “Sandy, One Year..”, Hoboken Museum
2011 Woman of Action Award, City of Jersey City, PSE&G Mural Program
2011 “Grant Street..”, Collection of Hudson County Community College
2010 “Pacific Court”, Collection of Jersey City Museum
2009 _gaia Residency Program, NJ
2008 New Jersey Arts Annual
2007 “Hunt and Gather” Panelist with Paddy Johnson of Art F City, Jersey City Museum, NJ 
2007 Guest Lecturer and Curator, Pace University, NYC
2007 Guest Panelist, Lateral Attitudes, Raritan Valley College, NJ
2005 New Jersey Public Radio State of the Arts: Artist of the Month 
2005 Guest Panelist, Circa Craft, Jersey City Museum
2005 New Jersey Crafts Annual
2004 Geraldine Dodge and Fine Arts Work Center Grant Award, MA 
2004 Casaterra Residency Program, Italy
2004 Goldman and Sachs Arts Grant Award, NJ
2004 Puffin Foundation Artist Award, NJ
1999-01 Teaching Assistantship, Rutgers University, NJ
1994-95 Artist in Residence, RCVolunteers, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Gimme Shelter Project, Windows at Columbus, Jersey City, NJ. Eileen Ferara, Curator
2014 Gimme Shelter Project, Owen Grundy Pier, Jersey City, NJ. Luca Cusolito, Curator 
2013-14 Tornado II, South Mountain Conservancy Wildflower Sculpture Park, South Orange, NJ
2011 Love Your River Project, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ. Sandy Martiny, Curator
2010 Interference, Lion Brand Yarn Studio, NY
2009 Water falls., Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ. Mary Birmingham, Curator
2008 Threads, Object and Thought Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2007 Knot Constructs, The Garage, Jersey City, NJ. Margaret Murphy, Curator
2006 Communal Ties, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2005 Bound, Jersey City Museum, NJ. Rocio Aranda-Alvarado,PHD., Curator
2003 Shroud Series, Salve Regina Gallery, Washington DC
2002 Re-Form, Brunswick Window, Jersey City, NJ, Roger Sayre, Curator
2001 Knitting Lessons, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Quantum Overdrive, Hudson County Community College, NJ
2016 La Storia, Casa Colombo Center for the Arts, NJ 
2016 Contemporary Hudson,  Hudson County Community College, NJ
2015 The Big Show, Art Factory, Paterson, NJ. Matt Gosser, Curator
2014 Jerseyscapes, NJCUniversity, NJ. Midori Yoshimoto, Curator 
2014 Threads, Art Factory, Paterson, NJ. Lillian Ribiero, Curator
2012 Perception Shifts, Stockton College, NJ. Heather Gibson, Curator
2012 Digital Weavings: Pat Lay & Michelle Vitale Loughlin, Woolpunkstudios
2011-12 Value of Water, St John Cathedral, NY. Fredericka Foster, Curator 
2011 Home, _gaia, NJCU University, NJ. Doris Cacoilo, Curator.
2011 Aljira Auction, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
2010 Emerging Patterns, Arts Council of Morris, NJ. Midori Yoshimoto, Curator
2010 Natural Selections, Greylocke Arts, North Adams, MA
2010 (Re)Fashioning Fiber, Green Spaces, NY. Abigail Doan, Curator
2009 New Look, Same Great Taste, Jersey City Museum, NJ. Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, PHD., Curator
2009 Uncommon Threads, Seton Hall University, Jeanne Brasile, Curator
2009 Money!, ABC NO RIO, NY, Vandana Jain & Doris Cacoilo, Curators
2008-09 Your Documents Please, Arts & Crafts Museum, Japan, Galerie Kurt I'm Hirsch, Berlin.. Catalogue. Daniel Georges & Rumi Tsuda, Curators
2008 Of The Cloth, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ
2008 Sprawl, NJ Arts Annual, Jersey City Museum, NJ. Catalogue.
2008 Sculptoure, The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ
2007 This Is That, Pace University, Westchester & Manhattan, NY
2007 Lateral Attitudes, Raritan Comm. College, NJ. Catalogue.Tom Mc Glynn, Curator 
2007 Noah’s Ark, Shore Institute of Art, NJ. Brendan Carroll, Curator
2006 Faculty Exhibition, Newark Museum, NJ
2006 The Sum of All Parts, The Hogar Collection, Brooklyn, NY
2005 “(K)nots”, NJCUniversity, NJ. Michelle Vitale, Curator, Catalogue
2005 Contemporary Drawing, Brookdale Community College, NJ. Aaron Williams, Curator 
2004 Nomadic Poets, Casaterra, Italy
2004 AV Club, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ. Michelle Vitale, Curator
2003 Open Studios, Fine Art Work Center, MA.
2002 Drift 2, Bedminister, NJ. Eileen Torpey, Curator
2001 Trapeeze, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
2017 "Protest Quilt With Bazooka", Remembering Why We Need Impeachment", thetrumpmpeachment.net
2016 "La Storia: Jen Mazza, Laurie Riccadonna and Michelle Vitale", ArtFCity, This Week Must See Events, artfcity.com
2016 "Michelle Vitale", chichpeaJC, www.chicpeajc.com
2015 “As Artists We Protest Everyday. We inspire change..” Becky Nickolls, artistscribles.com
2015 “Michelle Vitale, American Artist..”, Branding a Better You Podcast with Susan Newman 
2015 “Choosing a Community”, featured at  Parsons School of Design
2015 “Gimme Shelter Project”, Push Pause, Verzion Fios Channel 1
2015 “Gimme Shelter Stitch In” featured on Channel 12 News
2015 “A Stitch In Time Can...”, Matthew Speiser, Jersey Journal
2015 “Jersey City Artist..”, Summer Dawn Hortillosa, Jersey Journal 
2013 “Colorful Life Returns to Jersey City”, Brendan Carroll, Hyperalleric
2013 “Oral Histories of Sandy”, Tammy La Gorce, New York Times
2012 “Value of Water”, St John Divine Cathedral, World Policy Blog
2012 “Value of Water”, St John Divine Cathedral, Vimeo
2012 ”Newly Opened Woolpunk..” Summer Dawn Hortillosa, Jersey Journal 
2011 “Former Jersey City...” Brendan Carroll, Jersey City Independent
2010 Woolpunk Extraordinaire, Abigail Doan, Eccoeco
2009 “New Meanings..”, Sabrina Gschwandter, Interweave Magazine
2009 “Family Skills for the 21st Century”, Hildy York, Surface Design Journal
2009 “Home Sweet Home”, Jessica Hemmings, Embroidery Magazine 
2009 Sprawl Exhibition Catalog, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado PHD
2007 “This Is That”, Patty Johnson, Art F City
2007 Lateral Attitudes Exhibition Catalog, Tom McGlynn 
2006 (K)nots Exhibition Catalog, Michelle Vitale
2006 Circa Craft Exhibition Catalog, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, PHD
2005 “State of the Arts”, NJN Radio, Peter Shea
2005 “Taking Art To The Streets”, Jersey City Magazine, Peter Zinsil
2005 “Shrouds Series No 2”, Featured in Puffin Foundation Catalog