Studio M*
A collaborative research creation lab intersecting arts, culture and healing.

Studio M* was co-founded in Calgary, AB, Canada, September 2017 by artists, researchers, teachers Barbara Bickel and R. Michael Fisher. In 1991 they co-founded In Search of Fearlessness Centre & Research Institute and in 1995 Barbara and Pamela Grof co-founded The Centre Gallery (1995-2001) that was housed in ISOF. Archives can be found in the Glenbow Museum.

“An exciting new space in Calgary where the intersection between art and economy is being explored creatively and …fearlessly! Facilitated by extraordinary people true Elders, who won my admiration, affection and respect upon first meeting. Calgary is blessed!”
NHB, Founder of Awakening the Village (YYC)

Barbara Bickel, Ph.D. is an artist-researcher, teacher, writer, independent curator and Emeritus Faculty of Art Education, Southern Illinois University. A multi-media and performance ritual artist, she practices socially engaged art with the human and other-than-human world. Her art and performance rituals have been exhibited and performed internationally. She has just completed a book to be published by Palgrace MacMillan in spring 2020 entitled, Art, Ritual and Trance Inquiry: Arational Learning in an Irrational World. She is co-editor of the book Arts-Based and Contemplative Practices in Research and Teaching, book series editor of Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research, and co-editor of Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal. To view more of her art and arts-based writing visit

R. Michael Fisher, Ph.D. is an artist, philosopher, fearologist, writer, researcher, teacher and consultant. He has developed a unique approach to an aesthetic meditative practice working with pencil crayons in what he calls “fusion colouring.” A prolific writer he is currently writing a book entitled The Marianne Williamson Presidential Phenomenon to be published early fall 2020 with Peter Lang. He has published many monographs and four books, “The World’s Fearlessness Teachings,” “The Philosophy of Fearism: A First East-West Dialogue,” “Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows: The True Story of an Indigenous-based Social Transformer,” and Fear, Law and Criminology: Critical Issues in Applying the Philosophy of Fearism” co-written with Desh Suba and B. Maria Kumar. To view his research visit and to view his art and writing and to visit

Located in Calgary, Alberta in the historic McHugh House from 2017 – 2020 – a Community Arts Hub of the Beltline Neighbourhood Association , it is now located in our home space in the Beltline Community of Calgary. Studio M* is grateful to operate on the territory of the nations of Ktunaxa, Niitsítapi (ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ, Blackfoot)StoneyTsuu T’inaSarcee of  Treaty 7 and the Metis Nation Region 3.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

To book a studio visit email  studiomatrixialatgmaildotcom

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Michael & Barbara Photo