Faculty: Michael Waugh


Michael Waugh is a studio artist represented by Schroeder Romero Gallery in New York. His practice is bibliocentric, with work in various media contextualized in relation to particular, historical texts.

Waugh began his teaching career in the first-year writing program at Texas State University -- and went on to teach similar classes at Al Akhawayn University (Morocco), The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (NY), and LaGuardia Community College (NY).  He then taught studio art at New York University and The New School University (NY). As the Assistant Director of the Brooklyn-based, non-profit gallery Momenta Art, he also spent ten years writing grants and press releases as well as working with artists to craft their own artist's statements.

These diverse experiences convinced Waugh that in order to have any sort of power over one's own career as an artist, one must be both comfortable and competent with written language. His recent essay about the importance of writing in his own life and career is due to be published this fall as part of the collection Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists (published by Intellect books). Waugh joins the faculty of RISD with a missionary zeal to help young artists integrate writing into their practice.

Michael Waugh earned his MA in painting from New York University, an MFA in writing from Texas State University, and a BA in history from the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been exhibited at Winkleman Gallery (NY), Schroeder Romero Gallery (NY), Ronald Feldman Gallery (NY), Diverse Works (Houston), El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana), the Arkansas Art Center (Little Rock), The University of Connecticut (Storrs), and the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art (AR), among others. He has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Marie Walsh Sharp Space Program, USAProjects, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundadtion.

Michael  Waugh

Michael Waugh


  • BA, University of Texas, Austin
  • MA, New York University
  • MFA, Texas State University


  • LAS-E101
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Students in RISD's liberal arts classes benefit from animated group discussions and thinking about the
meaning and context of their work.