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creative:impact - Before And After: Visual Artist Mia Risberg Is Resilient

Mia Risberg

Before and after COVID-19.  It is how we mark time now.  Mia Risberg joins "creative:impact" co-hosts Deb Polich and David Fair to talk about her visual artist practice before and after COVID hit, how she revitalized her work, and found reward through the unlimited boundaries of the Internet.  Hear her story here.

Deb Polich
Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.


"I am a visual artist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, painting in a variety of mediums, such as acrylics, oils, and cold wax medium.  Born in Sweden, I spent my childhood often moving and living in various countries before settling in the United States as a young adult."

"Nature and its visual details are a steady source of inspiration for me.  I am interested in the tension between humans and nature, and the notion of the natural world around us as being strong and resilient, at times unsettling or mysterious.  I am also interested in the depiction of places and memories. These can be remembered or imagined, and sometimes ambiguous or undefined.  I love the materiality of paint and my process often involves some experimentation with color mixing and mark making."

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Mia Risberg



2021 Unprecedented Times, A Socially Distanced Art Project, Venture Cafe, Science Center, Philadelphia, PA (Online)

2020 Creative Distancing, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX (Online)

2020 Unraveling Racism: Seeing White, KickstART Gallery, Farmington, MI (Invitational) 

2020 Say Their Names: A Virtual Exhibition, Hatch Art, Detroit, MI (Online/Invitational)

2020 Touch: A Virtual Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL (Juror: Gina Lee Robbins)

2020Call and Response: Collaboration at a Distance 2, Shoebox PR, Los Angeles, CA (Online/Invitational)

2020 Unraveling Racism: Seeing White, Norwest Gallery, Detroit, MI. (Invitational)

Guest interview

Visual Artist Mia Risberg: The Viewer Makes the Narrative - Tanya Shaffer Off-Leash Writing / Off-Leash Arts  April 29, 2020



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Mia Risberg's Work

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