TC, AS YOU’VE NEVER KNOWN IT, Art and Art Education, Columbia University, Joe Levine, August, 2013

“Four From Aferro: Art Talk,” Maplewood Patch News, January 27th, 2014.

A&H’s Art Education to Present at Teachers College 2014 Academic Festival” The Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University, April, 2014

Teachers College Columbia University, “Doing and Undergoing,” Exhibition Catalogue 2013.

Arthur Bruso and Raymond E. Mingst. “A Time in Arcadia,” Curious Matter, May, 2013.

“Vikki Michalios, with ‘Soilless and Sunless,’ finds inspiration in the laboratory practice of agricultural study.” 

Summer Dawn Hortillosa. “Curious Matter and the Jersey City Library Team Up for ‘A Time In Arcadia’ Art Exhibit,’  JCIndependent Newspaper.  June, 2013.

Gallery Aferro, “Art, Auction, Party, Fifth Annual Benefit,” Exhibition Catalogue 2013.

The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, “Cell Mates,” Exhibition Catalogue 2013.

Curious Matter, “A Time In Arcadia,” Exhibition Catalogue, 2013.

Curious Matter, “A Time in Arcadia,” Blog Mention, 2013:

Publisher, Steven Zevitas; The Open Studio Press. A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists.”  Jurer Dina Deitsch, Senior Curator; deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.  Winter Edition Studio Visit Magazine. Volume 21, 2013.

“Through You Into Action,” Exhibition Catalogue. Gallery Aferro Publication No. 19, June 2012.

Catalogue design by Kevin L. Hau.

“Gallery Aferro Studio Residency 2011,”  Residency Catalogue. Gallery Aferro Publication. June 2011.

Dan Bischoff. “Exhibition of contemporary works looks to the past and future, at once,” Star Ledger, June, 2010.

“Jersey City’s Vikki Michalios is showing velvety color etchings, printed on paper thick as brocade fabric, that echo graphic designs of the 1960s (her “Inside Nature I” won an Exceptional Merit) and seem to shimmer with overlain registers.”

Dan Bischoff. “High school artists team with mentors to prepare for ArtReach show,”  Star Ledger, June, 2008.

“Once more this year, Jersey City artist Vikki Michalios has collaborated with a student — Alisha Mondesir from Arts High — on a mural that sort of eats itself, with one artist working over the contributions of the other. Their interaction is recorded on digital video, with the video being the actual artwork in the show at CWOW. Only this year, instead of working in charcoal on paper, they painted on the wall with latex house paint.

“The way it works is, I or one of the two guest artists who worked with me this year (Sara Wolfe and Beth Gilfilen) acted as Alisha’s assistant while she painted over our work,” Michalios says. “It becomes a metaphor for community, and we edit the video to give a kind of stop-action immediacy to the work. We’re still working on the edit now, and I think we will set it to a jazzier score than last year.”


Mural 15 feet x 15 feet
Joe Epstein/The Star-Ledger

“Artist Vikki Michalios of Jersey City and student Alisha Mondesir of Newark paint a mural in Michalios’ studio. The mural is the work of several artists who each painted their vision on top of that done by another.”

Larry Walczak. “Walking Williamsburg,” NY ARTS Magazine Vol. 13 No. 11/12, 2008.

“Other notable window-storefront favorites were by artists Tamika Kawata, Jonas Mekas, Vikki Michalios, Asha Ganpat, Lisa Levy, Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese, Ben Marxen, Shari Mendelson, and Rebecca Major.”

Dan Bischoff. “Aspiring artists work side by side with the pros,” Star Ledger, June, 2007.

“Take, for example, the wall-sized charcoal mural by Tiara Montgomery of Weequahic High and Vikki Michalios, who keeps a studio in Jersey City. The pair also made a video montage of themselves working on several large-scale murals, all in charcoal, edited with the help of Kenneth Trotta of IVH Entertainment, who digitally remastered the video so the murals proceed with a time-lapsed, syncopated rhythm set to a hip-hop track.

“I had never done installation art or large-scale drawing before at all,” Michalios says. “It was Tiara who came to the studio every Saturday and Sunday, often staying six hours or more, very quiet and reserved at first but full of these ideas. She had worked on another art project where they made an art video, so I thought we could make one of our progress. Working at mural scale made that easy … I’ve always painted geometric shapes, but Tiara was more comfortable with imagery, and she brought in Egyptian symbols as a starting point.

“Originally we started with images of birds, the moon, using the blacks you can get with charcoal to deal with ideas of good/bad, black/white, the yin-yang balance,” Michalios says. “We wound up with a snake in a circle, the Egyptian symbol for the God Ra. It was always improvisational, but it came up very nicely — there was a really good flow between Tiara and I. I mean the whole ArtReach program is great like that. I felt it was a real privilege to participate.”

There are echoes of South African artist William Kentridge’s animated charcoal drawings, done by shooting a drawing, erasing and changing it, shooting it again, and on and on until he puts together a sort of 2-dimensional stop-action film, in Montgomery and Michalios’ video. But mostly it’s about flow–about the two taking off of one another’s improvisations, taking the drawing up to the top of the picture plane, or down into deep, black tones of heavily scumbled charcoal.”

L. Craig Schoonmker. “Two Art Receptions Thursday”   Newark, USA, June 13th, 2007.

“This is one of the larger and more striking works in the current show at cWOW, a mural on the theme of “community” made with latex house paint by Vikki Michalios (mentor) and Alisha Mondesir (student). It’s a good thing I got a picture of this mural, because it was later deliberately destroyed as part of the project and replaced by other murals (yes, plural). A time-lapse video of the four-woman collaborative project appears at Vikki’s website, along with an explanation of what they were working to accomplish.”