Omo Misha means “Misha’s children” in Yoruba. It is a name that has come to identify artist, Misha McGlown, and her myriad creative endeavors. A Harlem resident and native of Detroit, MI, painting was Misha’s first art form. A career in jewelry design, however, would sweep her away from the medium for more than a decade. In 2006, Misha rediscovered painting and began exhibiting during the following year. Working primarily in oils, she emphasizes historical portraiture but also creates “abstract-landscape‟ works as well as an African- inspired, figurative series. Her paintings have been shown throughout the New York area and she has developed a formidable record as a curator, working with The Arsenal/NYC Parks Department, Columbia University, Knox Gallery, Harlem Arts Alliance and other creative and community-based establishments, including the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, where she currently serves as Program Director.
Misha and her work have been featired in numerous local and national print publications. She has executed public art installations on behalf of the Harlem River Park Task Force and the 125th Street Business Improvement District (2011), and; has been awarded artistic grants by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011), Puffin Foundation (2007, 2010) and UMEZ/Harlem Arts Alliance (2013, 2008, 2009).