Artist, author and entrepreneur, Michelle Leivan was educated at Fort Hays State University. She has been distinguished as the featured visual artist at the Kansas River Valley Art Fair, Topeka Jazz Festival, and the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, and has been nominated for the Kansas Governor’s Art Award in the visual arts category, selected by SouthWind Gallery as an Artist to Watch in 2012. Her work has been selected to hang in the Kansas State Capital building and in the U.S. Embassy Residence of the Ambassador in Asunción, Paraguay.
Michelle’s work has been featured in solo shows and exhibits at the Manhattan Arts Center, Arts Council of Topeka and Topeka Performing Arts Center. She also has exhibited in several juried internet competitions and in Soho, New York. Her work is represented in the Ellis County Historical Archives, State of the Art | Kansas and Paint Topeka fine art books and in corporate and private collections including the permanent collection of the Mulvane Art Museum.