"The fellowship pushed me to reflect upon why I make art, to see more clearly to connection between my daily existence and the work I made, and to see my work more closely as part of a continuum of thought leaders. I am more confident than ever in my value as a professional artist."
Michal traveled to California, New York City, and Georgia, experiencing the places that influenced his thought heroes: Alan Watts, Jimmy Carter, R.E.M., John Lennon, Kurt Vonnegut, and Marcel Duchamp. During his travels he collected images of source material for future work. He created artwork after each of these trips, ending the fellowship cycle with 20 new pieces. The scale, working methods and media Michal uses to create art changed as a result of his experiences. "I found myself craving a greater physicality in the production of my work, including a desire to work on a larger scale."
Michal's travels led him to meet unexpected people with close ties to the artists he considers his thought heroes, which was greatly inspiring to him. He traveled to his destinations with minimal planning in order to allow himself to improvise experiences tailored to what he found upon his arrival. "I treated each day as a gift, as an opportunity for awareness, inspiration, and reflection. I find now that I crave more experiences without expectation and am ever more confident in my working methods." Artwork resulting from the fellowship has been exhibited at Lala Gallery in Lafayette, Artbox in Indianapolis, and in the Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis.