treia studios


TREIA STUDIOS is dedicated to creating projects that integrate art and ecology for the benefit of community.  The word TREIA is a contraction of the English word “tree” and the Greek word “tria” meaning “three”.  As such TREIA STUDIOS, featuring the artistic works of Maria Michails, adopts what we call our ‘three trees’ principle: that the collaborative efforts of art, science and community has the potential to yield creative, innovative and equitable solutions to sustainable living. TREIA STUDIOS is a nomadic studio, allowing place to determine the projects.  A deep commitment has been made to maintain a minimum impact -- in living, travel, and production.




working at the confluence of art & ecology

Upcoming!  THE PETRI SERIES: BENZENE will be part of a group show at ROCA, Jan 18-Mar 31, West Nyack, NY.

Michails has been named a SETI Institute Artist in Residence for 2014-2016. Project title xtremities. Details coming soon!

THE PETRI SERIES: BENZENE has been selected for an exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI, Sept 18 - Oct 6, 2013.

New Project! THE PETRI SERIES: BENZENE opens at University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, April 19 - May 4, 2013.

Announced! Maria Michails will be the 2012-2013 Barstow Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Art and Design at Central Michigan University.

S.OIL debuts at The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB Canada  Oct 4 - Nov 24, 2012. Opening reception: Thurs., Oct 4    7 - 10pm. Artist talk: Sat., Oct 6 at  1 pm.  Artist Residency and community project Nov 16 - Dec 2, 2012.  Contact the gallery if you would like to participate.

Presenting “Human-Powered Art: going beyond interactivity” at The Home and The World 2012, Aune Head Arts, Totnes, England. June 19

Visiting Artist and Human-Power Workshop at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, TX April 26 - May 4, 2012.

The Handcar Projects: On the Grid will travel to Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA as part of “Nurturing Nature: Artists Engage the Environment”, co-curated by Amy Lipton and Patricia Miranda. March 20-April 15, 2012.

Opening reception: March 22 6-9pm

The Handcar Projects: On the Grid to show in a juried group exhibition, “Going Green”, Crossing Art Gallery, Flushing, NY, Aug 13- Sept 11, 2011.  Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 13, 3-6 pm. Artist talk: Sat. Sept 10 4-6 pm.

Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Artist in Residence, New York, NY, Feb - June, 2011

The Handcar Projects: On the Grid (new work) to show in a group exhibition, “Nurturing Nature: Artists Engage the Environment”, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY  February 10-April 16, 2011.  Curated by Amy Lipton and Patricia Miranda.

EMERGY, solo exhibition, Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV

Dec 3, 2010 - Feb 17, 2011. Review by Danielle Kelly of LV Weekly here.

The Handcar Projects to show in Prescott, AZ in the group exhibition “Mechanics of the Imagination”, Prescott College Art Gallery   Nov 3 - 27, 2010

Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT. August, 2010

Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY June-July, 2010

THE PETRI SERIES: BENZENE (2013) on exhibit at University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI April 19 - May 4, 2013.