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About The Artist

I am a self-taught painter and collage artist whose work is inspired by science. My paintings, on subjects from microbes to global warming, have been exhibited at the AAAS and the NIH and featured on the covers of books and scientific journals.  My artwork has been featured by The Scientist, Scientific American, BoingBoing, and Wired, among others. I sell my work on etsy and write weekly about art and science at The Finch & Pea.  In addition to creating and exhibiting art, I have been active in organizing arts events in the DC area, including serving on the Steering Committee and Board of Directors of Artomatic.  I was the director of Adams Morgan’s Arts on Belmont for three years and the director of Georgetown Arts 2009 and 2011. 


Articles about my work:

Microbe Magazine, December 2016 

Different Strokes, Blending Microbiology and Art 



Nature Microbiology, January 2016

Microbial Muses 


Salt Lake City Weekly, April 16, 2015

Visions at Art Access Galleries at Moran Eye Center 


The Story Exchange: Michele Banks, January 15, 2015                                


Sickness is Fascinating: Art of Neuroscience at SfN 2014, November 2014 http://sicknessisfascinating.blogspot.com/2014/11/sfn14-art-of-neuroscience-artologica.html

Washington Post, October 15, 2014

Four Artists’ Views of Nature at McLean Project for the Arts, by Mark Jenkins http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-four-artists-views-of-nature-at-mclean-project-for-the-arts/2014/10/15/2a9566da-5302-11e4-b86d-184ac281388d_story.html

Fairfax Times, October 3, 2014

In The Galleries, by Janet Rems http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20141003/ENTERTAINMENT/141009534/1063/in-the-galleries&template=fairfaxTimes

Grist, March 13, 2014

These Artists Will Take You on a Journey to the Melting Arctic, by Jessica Zimmerman http://grist.org/article/these-artists-will-take-you-on-a-journey-to-the-melting-arctic/

Inhabitat, March 10, 2014

DC’s Voyage of Discovery Exhibition Explores Climate Change in the Arctic, by Jon Dioffa http://inhabitat.com/dcs-voyage-of-discovery-exhibition-explores-climate-change-in-the-arctic/

Last Word on Nothing, March 4, 2014

Voyage of Discovery: Art and the Arctic, by Helen Fields http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2014/03/04/voyage-of-discovery-art-and-the-arctic/

Huffington Post, March 16, 2014

'Voyage Of Discovery' Explores Climate Change Through Science And Art (includes video) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/16/voyage-of-discovery-climate-change_n_4965030.html

ASBMB Wild Types Blog, May 2012

“Biology in Watercolor” http://wildtypes.asbmb.org/2012/05/17/biology-in-watercolor/


Scientific American Blog, November 2011  

“Bleed Pretty Cells: An Interview with Michele Banks” http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/bleed-pretty-cells-interview-with-michele-banks/


The Scientist

http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/57724/ “Accidental Biology”


Curated Magazine




http://www.neatorama.com/art/2010/08/11/michele-banks/ Neatorama Indie Artists


Brain Pickings



Bourgeon Online


reprinted in the Science Creative Quarterly 


This Week in Virology, August 2015

TWiV 352, Science Art with Michele Banks



Talk on Art and Science as Ways of Knowing at NAS, February 2014



AAAS, January 2014

Voyage of Discovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tfIWf7TY6U