1995   Masters of Fine Arts- Tulane University
1991   LaCoste School of Art, Cleveland Art Institute-LaCoste, France
1990   Bachelors of Arts- Loyola University
1989   UGA – Cortona, Italy


2016    “Turning” Arts Council of New Orleans, Lafitte Greenway

2014   “Interstitial” CANO and Torres Trust, Poydras, Louisiana Interstitial”

2013   “Passages” site specific installation commissioned by the Brechtel Corporation, Fulton Alley

2013   “Landmarks” -Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, CD photography and design

2013   “Currents” video designed for live concert/play with the Faubourg Quartet

2011-12 “The Bayou runs through our veins” Bayou Grace Community Services,  documentary video collaboration with Zachary Richard and Seth Boonchai

2009   “Fragile Land Rotunda” large scale site specific work commissioned by the Arts  Council of New Orleans on behalf of the Joan Mitchell Foundation

2002-5   The American Can Company Series, commissioned by Historic Restoration LLC

2001-2   The Cotton Mill Series commissioned by Historic Restoration LLC located at renovated site


The United States Embassy in Moscow
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
National Library of Paris in France
The SURDNA Foundation of New York
State of Louisiana-percent for art collection, Louisiana State University
Historic Restorations Inc.
Loyola University of New Orleans
Southeastern University of Louisiana
River Museum-Torres-Burns Trust, St. Bernard, Louisiana
Gulf Coast Bank
The SURDNA Foundation
The City of New Orleans, Percent for Art Collection
The City of New Orleans, on behalf of the Joan Mitchell Foundation and Arts Council of New Orleans
Luciano Benetton Collection in Italy

Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, Houma, LA
Arts Council of New Orleans Gallery, N.O., LA

Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
Longue Vue Gardens Gallery, New Orleans LA

Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Isaac Delgado Fine Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Schneider Gallery Showcase selection of artwork from our artists,
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
La Femme, New Orleans Art Center, curated by Don Marshall, New Orleans, Louisiana
Faculty Exhibition, Kirshman Gallery, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts,  New Orleans, Louisiana
Greetings From, 5 Press Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Life lines-Indigena, Fragile Lands Installation, Healing Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Water, Water Everywhere, Paeon to a Vanishing Resourse, traveling exhibition and film festival,
University of Connecticut-Avery Point, Huntington, W.Va. Art Museum, curated by Jennifer Heath
Differences in Identity,
San Lorenzo, Venice, Italy
Kirshman Gallery, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA
Take me to the River, 
Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Landscapes Exhibition, CANO, Poydras Louisiana
ArtiFiction, Studio Inferno Gallery, St. Claude, New Orleans, Louisiana

Crevasse 22 Poydras Louisiana
Imago Mundi New Orleans Project, New Orleans Museum of Art
Water Works, curated by Christopher Saucedo, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
New Orleans in Photographs, curated by Frank Relle and Catie Sampson Multi-Media Museum in Moscow, Russia
A Story of Water Goodchildren Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Invented Reality, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Dreams of Dolls and Other Realities, Reinsburghallen, Stuttgart, Germany
Home, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Mississippi river Photography Exhibition, Capital Hill, Washington, DC, National MS River Museum and Acquarium, Fort Madison, Area Arts Association, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Osceola Center for the Arts and Heritage, Cotton Museum, Lower MS River Museum, Arts Council of New Orleans
LACDA invitational show,  Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles CA
SLU Fine Art Showcase, Presidents Home, Hammond, Louisiana
Photography and Environmental Concern, The PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont
Her Inifinate Variety,  Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Contemporary Antiques, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Mentors, Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
From the Eyes of Traiteurs: Art Practice in Late Louisiana, curated by Dawn DeDeaux Northwestern State University 4th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference, Nachitoches, Louisiana
Water, Water Everywhere, Paean to a Vanishing Resource, curated by Jennifer Heath, Boedecker Theatre and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, El Paso Museum of Art, Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, Department of Expressive Arts, Western NEw Mexico Unviersity:Electro Gila, the Power of Water, Rio Grande, Gila, Mimbres Rivers-Vecinos Exhibition, the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at the University of Connecticut-Avery Point, the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamunga, CA

The two or three things I know about her, Prospect 2 Biennial visitor center, curated by Dan Cameron N.O., LA
New media exhibition, LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los   Angeles California, curated by Peter Frank
What the modern era has gained in civility, Gallery 1646, Den Hague, Netherlands, curated by Joris Lindhout and Maaike Gouwenberg
Catalyst, Space 301, Moblile Ala.
The Machine in the Garden, Prospect 1.5, N.O, LA

Louisiana Trees, Sibley Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Hope in the Blasted Landscape, The Iron Works, N.O., LA
The Bento Box, Isaac Delgado Gallery, N.O., LA
The Gulf, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, N.O., LA
Shoot’n Southern, Women Photographers Past and Present, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
Transitive Geographies: Contemporary Visions of an Evolving South,
Georgia College and State University’s Museum, Milledgeville, GA, Bryan Art Gallery

Vestiges Projects, Buckhead Library, Atlanta, GA
LANDMARKS, The Opal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Southern Open, Acadiana Center for the Arts, juror Eleanor Heartney, Lafayette, LA
Muses, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Environs/Examined, Louisiana Artworks, juror Rose Courville, N.O., LA
Sanctuary, SohoPhoto Gallery, New York, NY
Odd Works, Juror David Rubin, The New Orleans Photo Alliance, N.O., LA
Loss. Ritual. Relic. Residue:The Archive, Newcomb College, New Orleans, LA

Vanishing Horizons, juror Raine Bedsole, Grande Isle Center, LA
Identity, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, N.O., LA.
New Orleans Photography, Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Industrial Identity, Developing the American South Curator Nick Nelson of Albany Museum of Art, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA

Vision/ Re-Vision,The Contemporary Art Center, N.O., LA,
Group Exhibition, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN
Boomerang, Diboll Gallery, Loyola University, N.O., LA
Restoration, Barristers Gallery, N.O., LA
Rejoice: The images of the New Orleans Culture, A Photographic Exhibition Celebrating New Orleans Jazz, Culture and It’s People, New Orleans African American Museum
Katrina Exposed, New Orleans Museum of Art, N.O., LA
Persephone’s Spring: Return from Exile, Carroll Gallery, Tulane Univ. N.O., LA
Women of Focus, Bassetti Gallery of Photography, N.O., LA
Debris, Jurors William Fagaly, Doyle Gertjejansen and Libby Johnson, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA
A celebration of NOLA Artists The Warehouse, Washington, D.C.
Carnival, Juror John Lawrence, The Darkroom, N.O., LA
Sustained Winds, Acadiana Center For the Arts, Lafayette, LA


Wetlands Art Tour Panel Discussion and Film Screening, moderator and host John Calhoun

Artist Career Advancement Grant, Louisiana Division of the Arts
Open Studio talk in New Orleans,  Santa Barbara Museum of Arts visitors, curator/host Karen Sinsheimer
Documentary interview for “Water Stories” nationally televised in Japan
Open Studio talk, Chicago Art Institute


Rauschenberg Artist residency, Captiva, Florida
Honoree, Love in the Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art
NPR: WATER, traveling theater presentation featuring “Shifting” and other stories.
Presentation about work at Goodchildren gallery and Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, Orange County Museum guests, curator/host Dan Cameron
Studio Visit and Presentation in New Orleans, LACMA, Art Horizons tour, Karen Louise Crane and Miranda Lash


Guest speaker at Pingyao International Photography Festival
Guest speaker at Elam School of Fine Arts, New Zealand
Guest presenter at Aukland Festival of Photography, Aukland, New Zealand


Grant administered by the Houma Regional Arts Council from the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Office of Cultural Development
Joan Mitchell Foundation grant through the Ogden Museum
Wesleyan University, Think Tank on “Water” Feet to the Fire Program
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, guest speaker, Shifting Film presentation


Joan Mitchell Foundation Center, panelist
Parallels lecture- guest speaker, Design within Reach and AIA, AIGA


Georgia College and State University Museum, guest speaker
Tulane University, guest speaker
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, guest speaker
“The Role of the Artist During Crisis” The Front Gallery, panelist, Pecha Kucha Night 4
20×20 Gulf Restoration, guest speaker


SURDNA Foundation, guest speaker, “The Artist as Activist,” guest speaker
Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, guest speaker
Publishing Initiative Grant awarded by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities


Public Art Commission from the Joan Mitchell Foundation
Fellowship Award from Louisiana Division of the Arts
Cultural Economy Foundation Grant
Loyola University, New Orleans, guest speaker


SURDNA Foundation Grant
Contemporary Art Center,  “PhotoSpeak” Moderator


  • “Varisco’s Turning wins Art Challenge” New Orleans Times Picayune, Jed Lipinski, March 25, 2015
  • “NOEW: Sculpture Design wins pitch event,” New Orleans City Business, Tegan Wendland, March 23rd, 2015
  • “Wetlands Resources wins Water Challenge” New Orleans Advocate, April 4, 2015
  • “A 1970’s renovated house is transformed into an art venue for Prospect 3, Times Picayune-States Item, Susan Langenhennig, January 23, 2015
  • “Unfathomable and Infinite: ‘Alluvial Contructs’ at Octavia Art Gallery,” Pelican Bomb, Brooke Scheuller, November 28, 2014
  • “Fluid States and Water Road on work by Michel Varisco and Daniel Minter,” New Orleans Gambit Weekly, D Eric Bookhardt , May 12th, 2014
  • Restoring the Gulf Coast” Audubon Magazine, New York, Scott Weidensaul, Nov 2014
  • “Sights and Sounds” The Times Picayune States-Item, Best of New Orleans, Sue Strachan, September 6, 2013
  • “Culture-Image Conscious-Auckland Festival of Photography” Metro- The Battle for Auckland, New Zealand Frances Morton, June 2013
  •  “Systems and Consequences: Michel Varisco’s Gulf Coast” Pelican Bomb, Nathan Martin, July 11, 2012
  • “Images of disappearing Coastal Wetlands: D Eric Bookhardt on new coastal paintings and photographs of the Louisiana Coast” New Orleans Gambit Weekly D Eric Bookhardt, July 17th, 2012 • “Artists Kleinbard, Messersmith and Varisco explore Louisiana ecology at Ogden,” The New Orleans Times Picayune-States Item, June 2, 2012
  • “Photographing the Gulf of Mexico before and after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil Spill, KPCC California Public Radio interview by Molly Peterson, June 7, 2012
  • “Shifting at the Ogden,” New Orleans Magazine, Sarah Ravits Interview,May of 2012
  • “Shifting through the Spill,” Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, Volume 23 no. 1, Spring 2012
  • “Spill, revealing the human factor behind an environmental tragedy,” Wesleyan Argus, Michael Darer,Feb 2012
  • “Reis wordt blog wordt tentoonstelling wordt blog wordt recensie,” Metropolis M, Domeniek Ruyters,October 11, 2011, The Netherlands
  • “Everybody is going Green,” Work Style Magazine, April of 2011, edition 6, Switzerland
  • “Shifting: cycles of loss on a sinking coast” Ecotone Magazine, Fall 2011, Volume 7
  • “To live in the South one has to be a scar lover” Mister Motley Arts Magazine, Netherlands, September 2011,Issue 29
  • “After the Storm”, The Future of the South Issue 70, The Oxford American Magazine, Anne Gisleson, September 2010
  • “Rising Stars” New Orleans Gambit Weekly, D. Eric Bookhardt, January 3, 2011
  • “Along The PhotoNOLA trail, Uptown”, New Orleans Gambit Weekly, D. Eric Bookhardt,Dec 19, 2010
  • “Multispecies Salon 3: Swarm” New Orleans Gambit Weekly, D. Eric Bookhardt, November 23, 2010
  • “The Culture of Calamity”, Believer Magazine, Anne Gisleson, September/October 2010
  • “National preserve status urged-Intellectual gathering looks at,” The New Orleans Times Picayune-States Item, Molly Reid, June12, 2010 p.B1-2
  • “Art critic Doug MacCash’s guide to 19 pieces of outdoor New Orleans art”, The New Orleans Times Picayune-States Item, April 5th, 2009
  • “Muses: Recent Work by Female Artists” New Orleans Gambit Weekly, D. Eric Bookhardt, January 20, 2009/volume 30/ number 3
  • “Highwater Mark for Arts” Forecast public art, Dec 2008
  • “21 Public Art Projects” ArtVoices, Dan Tague, June, 2008
  • Sanctuary” Newark Star- Ledger, August, 2008
  • “Art in the Ruins” New Orleans Gambit Weekly, D. Eric Bookhardt,September 27, 2007
  • “On Course” The New Orleans Times Picayune-States Item, Doug MacCash,September 28, 2007
  • “People to Watch 2007,” New Orleans Magazine, September 23, 200
  • “Femmes Fatales: Photo shows celebrates the work of some of the city’s finest” The New Orleans Times Picayune-States Item, Doug MacCash, March 24, 2006
  • “The Shapes of Things to come from Varisco” The New Orleans Times Picayune-States Item, by Doug MacCash,  April 16, 200
  • “Are you in denial?” Refqa Abu Remaileh, Adbusters: Journal of the Mental Environment, March/Apr 2003 No 46, p. 114



Lightening Storm Mind, published by Autonomedia, written by John Clark, images by Michel Varisco

If Those Bricks Could Talk, published by UNO Press, written by Rachel Breunlin 2015

Reparation- Contemporary Artists from New Orleans, Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection, 2014

Inventing Reality, New Orleans Visionary Photography, Luna Press, October 2013

7th Annual Louisiana Fine Art Showcase, Southeastern Louisiana Contemporary Art Gallery

Hotel Ortolan, Writings by Tom Whalen, Photography by Michel Varisco, Black Scat Books, California, August of 2013

Photography and Environmental Concern, The PhotoPlace Gallery Exhibition Catalogue

Shifting, by Michel Varisco with contributing essays by Anne Gisleson and Bradley Sumrall,  A&I books, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, June of 2012

Ed Skoog’s: Mister Skylight, Copper Canyon Press, November of 2009, cover

Sustained Winds Exhibition Catalogue– the Acadiana Center for the Arts 2006

Intersection|New Orleans, “Jeff Davis and Earhart, The Mayonnaise Triangle,” Jill Marquis, Copyright 2006 Press St., New Orleans, LA, p.15.

Habitations, Portals Press, Brad Richard 1st edition, Nov 2000, cover


WWNO Jesse Hardman, August 1, 2014

KPCC Molly Peterson, June, 2012

WBOK Jeanne Nathan, CANO, 2014
WWNO Inside the Arts With Diane Mack, 2009




Founder of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, former Vice President and Board Member

Studio in the Woods, former artist advisor and selection committee member


To inquire about purchasing art, please contact:

Octavia Gallery
454 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Martha Schneider Gallery
770 North LaSalle Dr. Suite 401
Chicago, Illinois, 60654