Coming from generations of immigrants from Syria, Panama, Poland, Russia, and Costa Rica, Michelle Nahmad examines culture and explores history in her design, illustration, and narrative work. She combines elements of the handmade and analog with the digital, bringing old world and new world subjects and tools together. She has been an artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, and was recently awarded Best Student Filmmaker in AT&T’s Entertainment Project for her short film, The Shochet. Other awards include illustrations chosen for Latin American Illustración 5 and 6, the SVA Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, and the AIGA St. Louis Design Scholarship, among others. She received her BFA in Communication Design and Art History with a Global Studies Certificate from Washington University in St. Louis before completing the MFA Visual Narrative program.