Michael Winfield

Michael joined Beacon Academy as a Visual Arts Instructor and member of the Arts Department. He is an Interdisciplinary artist born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design in 2016 from Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiber & Material Studies in 2020 from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His art practice engages various modes of making, including sculpture, printmaking, installation, performances, and material studies. Through a Black queer lens, Michael develops curriculum that asks students to investigate what is being hidden in the shadows of events that often shape how students view the world. He values the unique potential of every learner, nurturing the students' imagination of expression.