Michelle Mansour is an artist, educator, curator, and the current Executive Director of Root Division, a visual arts non-profit in San Francisco. Mansour received her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute (2003). She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received a BA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University (1995) and a Post Baccalaureate degree in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998). Mansour has given lectures and been on panels with the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, The Lab, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco, and Sonoma State University, and she is the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship and multiple residencies from Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Her work as been shown in a variety of non-profit and commercial venues such as Southern Exposure, Bedford Gallery, McLoughlin Gallery, Morris Graves Museum, and Yuma Art Center, including solo exhibitions at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery and Latham Square via ProArts. Mansour has work in a variety of collections including Nordstroms, Hilton Hotels, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and the El Camino Hospital. She has also curated and co-curated several exhibitions including 2x2's at ProArts and Metaphysical Abstraction: Contemporary Approaches to Spiritual Content.