Rebecca Michaels’ background includes extensive experience as an educator, photographer, and design professional with a broadly based history as a visual communicator.

Michaels is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA where she teaches and mentors both undergraduate and graduate students. She has been teaching at Tyler since 1981 in a variety of capacities.

Michaels’ years as a college professor have made her intimately familiar with the environment of higher education. She has taught full-time at a variety of schools including Beaver College in Glenside PA, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia.

As a professional graphic designer, Michaels has worked at an award winning studio in Chicago, and currently maintains Kuronen + Michaels, a design partnership in Philadelphia. Kuronen + Michaels‘ design work has been primarily print-based for individual artists and architects, galleries, non-profit and arts organizations.

Michaels’ personal artwork has been influenced by her design sensibilities, with recent photographic work being book-based, both handmade and digitally produced. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has book works in various museum collections.

Michaels is deeply committed to and passionate about the education of the visual artist and the role of critical thinking in creating learning as a life-long pattern.