Born and raised in New York City,she  studied Art History in Florence, Italy and graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California and  post-graduate work in Film at San Francisco State University and Sociology and Psychology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.




One of the first women in the Lighting Union in Hollywood, she began her career working in the major film studios. Some of her credits include “Happy Days”, Little House on the Prairie”, “Gideon’s Trumpet” for Hallmark Hall of Fame, and “Attica” for ABC Circle Films. She taught film lighting at San Francisco State University and photography at Nevada County Community College. She also led photo tours to Europe for Close-Up Expeditions and Sweet Light Photo tours until 2006.


Some past work includes; fashion, product, portrait and fine art photography. Recent clients include: The Zellerbach Collection (jewelry), Firelight Candles, Taylor Michaels Interior Design, David Nash’s work for Cheryl Haines Gallery in San Francisco, Kurt Steger’s work for the Julie Baker Gallery, events and portraits; Bill Clinton, George McGovern, Merce Cunningham for the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA, musicians Michael Franti, Greg Brown, Jerry Grant, composer, W.J. Sydeman, composer and Terry Riley, The Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute, Sierra Nevada Hospital and the Mondavi Center in Davis, California.


Her work can be found in public and private collections in the US and Europe and  also includes digital films for Going Viral,  an art and science project, developed with Rocky Mountain Lab, an NIH lab,  and Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre.


Executive Director of Artists Along the Bitterroot, 2009 to 2015



Upcoming Exhibitions

Allez Mural Art Commission,  Missoula MT, Spring 2023


Recent  Exhibitions

Wet -  Group Exhibition-  Northwind Art- Port Townsend, WA thru April, 2023

Mayim Chaiyim: A Watershed- through June, Koslowe Gallery, Westchester Jewish Center, 175 Rockland Ave.

Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Extraction: Art at the Edge of the Abyss- Ongoing global exhibition

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery , Nevada City - Solo Show  Sept- 2019

Wild and Scenic Film Festival  Exhibition - Best of Photography Award -2019

Past is Prologue Solo Exhibition UC San Diego 2018

Group Show  Panorama Gallery - Oakland, CA 2018

G2 Gallery- Los Angeles- Group Exhibition  2016 -Jan 3 2017

Dana Gallery- All Photo Exhibition- First Place-Best of show for "Pas De Deux" June 2016

Mountain Dance Videos in collaboration with composer Jerry Grant, Lisbon Portugal, 2016

Pure Water Series- Permanent Installation , University of Montana 2015

Tintypes - Radius Gallery - Missoula, MT 2015

Wind and Bones Exhibition Radius Gallery , Missoula MT 2014

Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tour -2014

Montana Professional Artists- 2014

Past is Prologue, solo exhibition- Hamilton, MT 2012-2013

Going Viral- the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana

Hamilton Performing Arts Center, Hamilton, MT.  Mary Stuart Rogers Center , Victor MT and Missoula Community Theatre

The Lane Gallery –Portland, OR -2012

Montana Professional Artists Show-2012

Artists Along the Bitterroot-2012

Missoula Art Museum -2012

Jentel Residency Sheridan, WY-2011

Osher Center for Jewish Life- Marin County CA 2011

River’s Mist Stevensville, MT- 2011

Missoula Art Museum Auction-2011

Group Show-River’s Mist Gallery-2011

Solo Show River’s Mist Gallery- 2010

Solo Show Ravalli County Museum-2009

Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tour - 2009

Missoula Art Museum, Montana Triennial 2009

Missoula Art Museum, Auction 2009

Crazy Mountain Digital Photography Center Livingston, MT 2007

Film-String Theories at the Sound and Vision Festival with composer William J. Sydeman 2006

Form In Nature, Grass Valley, CA 2005


Contact Barbara Michelman