Current Exhibition

Current Exhibition


Michelle René Cobb 

The Art of Seeing: A Retrospective

February 2, 2017 – April 25, 2017
(Ballroom Gallery)

Opening Reception on Thursday, February 9, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Italy room with a view

“In my work I seek to see life in a deeper way, to see the invisible qualities, the ever-changing atmosphere, capturing a moment in time. Seeing is something you feel, experience and study, requiring a sustained and persistent focus. Looking and actually seeing is not the same thing. My mentor Edward Loper, Sr. once said, “Seeing is a learned thing. It’s not a natural instinct, and once you’ve learned to see, the world will never look the same to you.

My goal is to bring the viewer into my vision. I do not worry about focusing on the objects or the subjects before me. My focus is on creating a work of art using my knowledge of color, light and a well-designed composition to seize a particular moment in time. Once I have completely surrendered to seeing, it is then in that space, that I can create.

My work as a professional artist spans four decades of my life, which includes many years as a Time-Life designer / art director, and educator. My culminating years of experience as a designer and fine artist are present in all of my work.   I am inspired by the design I see in nature, whether it’s in the rugged mountains of Europe, the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard and Chadds Ford, a remote village in West Africa, or the urban beauty of Washington, DC.

Plein air painting in these beautiful locations is a major part of developing my vision.” –Michelle René Cobb


Michelle René’s education includes a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Skidmore College. She completed additional studies at Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Corcoran College of Art and Design, United Digital Artists in New York, and the Adobe Institute in Los Angeles.

Michelle René Cobb is an award winning artist and art director who began her career as a designer and illustrator for over 35 Time-Life Books. She later became the first African American Promotion Art Director for Sports Illustrated magazine.  She designed promotional materials for the Calgary Winter Olympics and Los Angeles Summer Olympics, NBA, U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby, World Series, NCCA, Indy 500, and the Super Bowl.  She launched her own graphic design firm in New York City which included the following clients; CBS, Bell Atlantic, Citibank, Time Warner, Inc, Tony Brown’s Journal, United Negro College Fund, The Washington Post, National Council of Negro Women, Black Student Fund, Obama For America Campaign, Arthur Ashe Foundation, Yolanda Adams, The Black Student Fund, Terrie Williams Agency, and Wynton Marsalis. She later became the Communications Director for Sanford School. She is currently Chair of the Studio Art Department at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, and is serving her 6th term with the College Board as an Advanced Placement Studio Art Reader. Her work has been shown in numerous art exhibitions across the US.

Michelle René has taught art and design at the university and high school level for over 20 years including launching the first computer graphics program at University of Maryland. She has taught at University of Delaware, Montgomery College of Visual Art and Design, Delaware College of Art & Design, Lincoln University, and Georgetown Day School. She also taught at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and at the Smithsonian Associates.


Her artist’s residencies include studies in West Africa; Quebec, Canada; Les Tapies, France; El Bruc, Spain; and Umbria, Italy. For more than 15 years, she studied oil painting in the Brandywine Valley under the strict supervision of her mentor and master painter, Edward Loper.


Visitor Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Click HERE for a complete list of paintings.

Please call in advance to ensure the Ballroom is not booked for an event. 


drummer Duke Ellington Bridge Fall Rock Creek Harlem Boys Italy room with a view  menemsha 2 mill Monserrat lg new rock creek Ocean Park 11 Park Bridge Quebec park spain studio Spain sunset Spring Day Georgetown SM web -The Gazebo The mask final Umbria Arch White pitcher 2




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