Michael Zachary

Assistant Teaching Professor

I have taught studio art courses at Simmons since 2017. Prior to that, I taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Northeastern University, and The University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

I also maintain an active studio practice and exhibit my drawings and paintings internationally. You can find my work online at www.drawsoftly.com or on instagram @drawsoftly.


  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MFA, 2008)
  • Bowdoin College (BA, 2002)

Area of Expertise:

  • Drawing and Painting

What I Teach

  • Art 111 - Draw What You See
  • Art 112 - Color Studio
  • Art 119 - Sculpture
  • Art 183 - Life Drawing
  • Art 211- Nature into Drawing
  • ART 231- LC - Data as Art: The Personal and the Political
  • LCIS 201 - Int. Seminar: From Numbers to Narrative

Research/Creative Activities

In my drawing and painting practice, I am interested in positioning site contingency, physicality, and a sense of place and history as a counterbalance to the hyper-mobility and fungibility of contemporary image culture, particularly digital images and the internet. Although the language of my drawings and paintings appears "digital" (i.e modular, logical, combinatoric) I am most interested in what happens when that system of making is slowed down and embraces the "limitations" of becoming a cumbersome physical painting or drawing that exists in a specific (and physical) space, time, and context rather than "flying free" on the internet. In a way, I am trying to turn my mind and body into the world’s slowest, least efficient digital camera to see what will happen.


  • Residency Fellowship, The Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation (2020)
  • Assets for Artists Grant, Mass MoCA (2020)
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, Finalist Award (2018)
  • Blanche Coleman Award Grant, Boston University (2017)
  • Artists Resource Trust Grant, The Berkshire Taconic Foundation (2017)
  • Research Fellowship, The Surdna Foundation and Bowdoin College (2002)