Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (1962)

Lives and works in Oak Park, IL







2011       Like a Rare Morel, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

2010       I speak now from the aesthetic and artistic point of view when I say that life with Michelle Grabner is dull. Leo Koenig Projekte, NYC

               FLAPJACK, Rocket, London

               Get Better Mrs. Michelle, MINUS Space, Brooklyn, NYC

               Chaos is rigidly structured in this chapter, Peregrine Program, Chicago

2009      Silverpoints with Guest Mobile, Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI

SILVERPOINTS, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

ROUND SILVERPOINTS, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL

2008       SILVERPOINTS, PS, Amsterdam

Remain in Light, survey exhibition, Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS (exhibition catalogue)

New Bedford Art Museum, Vault Series, New Bedford, MASS

2007       Michelle Grabner’s Never Quite Happy Home, Southfirst, Brooklyn

Please Return My Kenneth Noland Catalogue, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Please Return My Kenneth Noland Catalogue PS, Amsterdam

Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Michelle Grabner, 809 Calgary, CANADA

                Remain in Light, survey exhibition, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2006        1996-2006, Rocket Gallery, London, UK

                 Remain in Light, survey exhibition, University Galleries, Illinois State University

2005        Project Room, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago

2004        Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston

2003        Rocket Gallery, London, UK

                Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

2001        Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Ten in One Gallery, New York (exhibition catalogue)

A Little Less of Me Deluxe Projects, Chicago

Ten in One Gallery: Project Space, New York

2000        Suburban Abstraction, Rocket, London, UK

                Ten in One Gallery, New York

1999        In Situ, Aalst, Belgium

                Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL

                Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

                Paintings for Modern Chairs, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1998        Home Painting, Rocket Gallery, London, UK (exhibition catalogue)

                Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                Fuzzy, ICA, Portland, ME

                Safety Patterns, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

                Safety Patterns, Rocket Gallery, London, UK

1997        Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

1996        Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL

Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI





2012        The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960s to Now, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, UK

2011        A Painting Show, curated by Laura Raicovich and Jessie Washburne-Harris, Harris Lieberman, NYC

                The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960s to Now,” Tate St. Ives, UK

                Women and Weaving, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NYC

                Dressing the Monument, curated by John Riepenhoff and Piper Marshall, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee

COMPILATION : ONGOING MINIMALISM, Paintings by Lars Wolter, Michelle Grabner, Stefan Eberstadt, Will Taylor, Rocket, London

                KISS: New Sincerity & New Romaticism in Art, Clara M Eagale Gallery, Murray State, Kentucky

A Shot in the Dark, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

SCULPTURE GARDEN/PAINTING SHOW, curated by Andrew Greene, Iceberg Projects, Chicago

add and subtract, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL

Michelle Grabner and Sarah Blyth-Stephens, U.turn Art Space, Cincinnati

SPUR, STRUKTUR…Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg

                MARKED, Kittridge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Washington

                Unfinished Paintings: Unresolved Work by 40 Contemporary Artists, LACE, Los Angeles

                Between This Light and That Space, MINUS SPACE, curated by Doug Melini, Brooklyn

Free Range-Painting and the University of Pennsylvania, Morgan Gallery, University of Philadelphia

2010        Collaborating with Michelle Grabner isn’t as much fun as you might think it is, Gallery 16, San Francisco (two-person show with Brad Killam)

Michelle Grabner and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich

Drawing, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

The Elegant Drawing Show, Drive-By, Boston, MA

Ornament and Crime (and Crime), Adds Donna, Chicago

                A Shot in the Dark, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

                UND#6, Schwartz Gallery, London

Newtonland: Orbits, Ellipses and other Planes of Activity, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO

                Mother, NYU Steinhardt Commons Gallery, NYC

                Art Scout, Arlington Art Center, Arlington VA

                Borderland Abstraction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining, curated by Bad at Sports, Apex Art, NY

On Painting, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL

My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble, La Station, Nice, France


2009        Halbjahresgaben, Tanzschule, Munch, Germany

                SUBVISION, Haven City, Hamburg, Germany

Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Open House For Butterflies, MINUS SPACE Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

PS, The Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Inverness, Scotland

Because the Night, curated by Sabina Ott, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Los Angeles

Wallgasm, Anstrom Gallery, LA

Let’s Leave It at That… Gallery 16, San Francisco

of or related to the sky or visible heavens, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

                De-Centered Practice, curated by Jennifer Dudley, Ethan Greenbaum, Colleen Asper, Circus Gallery, LA

                PS 1999-2009, Kunstruimte09, Groningen, Holland

                Trance, Chance, Dreams and the Unconscious, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY


2008        Presents, curated by Milwaukee International, Rowley Kennerk, Chicago, IL

Sensory Overload: Forces of Light Sound and Motion, The Milwaukee Art Museum

                UND” CROXHAPOX, Ghent, Belgium

                NOLEFTOVERS, Kunsthalle, Bern Switzerland                 

                These Are The People In Your Neighborhood, Gallery 16, San Francisco


2007        Maximinimalist, INOVA, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Fast Forward: The School of the Art Institute in the 21st Century, Rockfort Art Museum, IL


2006        Eldorado: with Gaylen Gerber, Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

Figures in the Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Outside Europe: From the Daimler art Collection, Stadtgalerie, Keil, Germany

                The Believers, Franklin Hudson Gallery, New York, NY

                Strange Days, Samuel P. Harn Museum, Gainsville, FL

                Slowness, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL


2005        There’s a City in My Mind, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY

Summer Show, Marlborough Gallery, Madrid

Group Show, Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York

Op-ish, Sampson Projects, Boston

Good Vibrations, McKenzie Fine Art, New York

Rocket at Paragraph, Paragraph, Kansas City

Slow Down, University of Texas at Tyler, TX


2004        Minimalism and After III, DaimlerChrysler AG, Berlin

                Group Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, NYC

                Family Project, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

                Hubris, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

                Agnes Martin, Cheonae Kim, Michelle Grabner, Klein Gallery, Chicago, IL

                Strange Days, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

                Apartment Series #4: A component of Jeremy Boyle’s exhibition, Mattress Factory, PA

                Books and Shelves, Gahlsberg Art Gallery, College of DuPage, IL

                Summer Group Show, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago


2003        Michelle Grabner and Carla Arocha, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                Clarity of Vision: Minimalist Prints and Drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

                Michelle Grabner and Barbara Heath, Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN

                The Undertones, Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY

                Oak Park Home Works: Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA


2002        Pressing, object […], Antwerp, Belgium

                Loaded, Midway, Minneapolis, MN

Painting, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI

Home Work, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, England

Paper Products, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Works on paper, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX


2001        Sound Video Images Objects, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL

                Reductive, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio

Domestic Culture, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Counting Color, Rocket Gallery, London, UK

                Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern, Evanston, IL

                Armory Show, New York, Ten in One Gallery

                Post Hypnotic, (exhibition catalogue):

                Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida

                Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth


2000        Compression, Feigen, Contemporary. New York, NY

What’s New, Lendl Eugen, Graz, Austria

                Domestic Bliss, Rocket Gallery, London, UK

                OIL, Standard Gallery, Chicago

                Factory Soiree, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

                Michelle Grabner and Robin Dash, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston

                Telesthesia and Amnescopic, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

                Post Hypnotic, (exhibition catalogue):

                Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

                Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

                Minimal Pop, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA

                Out of Line, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (exhibition catalogue)


1999        Post Hypnotic, (exhibition catalogue):

                                      Illinois State Art Gallery, Bloomington, IL

                                      The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati

                                      The MAC Dallas, TX

                It Looks Easy, Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago

                Abstract Chicago, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

Milwaukee Love, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

                Color Theory, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN


1998        Michelle Grabner/Jim Isserman, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA                 

                A Show, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL

                Chicago Hip, Rocket Gallery, London                 


1997        Uncomfortable Show, TZ Art & Co., New York, NY

                Some Young Fun, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                Post-Pop, Post-Pictures, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, IL

                Distraction, TBA Gallery, Chicago, IL (exhibition catalogue)

                Cool Painting, Barat College, Chicago, IL

                Wisconsin Art Since 1990: Selections from the Permanent CollectionMilwaukee Art Museum, WI


1996        Mist: Kay Rosen, Julia Fish, Carla Priess and Michelle Grabner, Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

                Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI (exhibition catalogue)

1995        25 Americans: Paintings in the 90s, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI (exhibition catalogue)











Martin Clark (Editor), Sarah Shalgosky (Editor), Daniel Sturgis (Editor), The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate Publishing, October 1, 2011

Women and Weaving, Southfirst, The New Yorker, July 15, 2011

Schmerler, Sarah, “Between This Light and That Space,” Time Out New York, July, 11, 2011.

Cheh, Carol, “Lace’s ‘Unfinished Paintings’ show Asks the Question: What Makes a Painting Unfinished,” LA Weekly, June 22, 2011

Waxman, Lori, “An Alternative to Summer Reading List,” Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2011

Neff, John, “On Chicago Abstraction: A Series,” New American Painting / Blog February 17, 2011

Baker, Kenneth, Where collaboration Ends, San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 2010

Vanderhyden, Philip. The Secret of My Success, Lobby catalogue, College of DuPage, 2010

Saltz, Jerry, “Critics Pick” New York Magazine, May 2010

Heti, Shelia, The Studio Reader, Bookforum, May 25, 2010

Viera, Lauren, “Suburban Makes Its Mark on Urban Scene,” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 12, 2010

Sam, Sherman, Kultureflash, June 10, 2010

Michelle Grabner at Rocket, Abstract Painting England, June 9, 2010

Claudine Ise talks with Michelle Grabner about The Suburban, Art21.org, June 2010

“The Pragmatist: Michelle Grabner interviewed by Saul Ostrow,” Art in America, March 2010

Bad at Sports podcast with Annika Marie, Richard Holland and Duncan McKenzie (episode 232), 2010

Weinberg, Lauren, “Constellations at the MCA,” Art News, December 2009

Velez, Pedro, “Chicago Build Up,” Artnet, March 2009

Cozzone, Francesca, “Attempting the Impossible,” The Leader, March 26, 2009

Marie, Annika, “Michelle Grabner’s Black Circle Paintings,” catalogue essay, 2009

Elms, Anthony, “Michelle Grabner/The Suburban,” Modern Painters, March 2008

Remain in Light, exhibition catalogue with essays by, Lane Relyea, Peter Ribic 2008

Marple, Mieke, “Interview with Michelle Grabner,” The Highlights, March 2009

Rosen, Kay, ArtForum, Top 10 April 2007.

Nicholas Frank, “Paper Thin and Maximinimalism,” catalogue essay, INOVA 2007

Joanna Topor, “After Paschke,” Chicago Magazine, April, 2007.

Vogt, Jess, “The Suburb,” The Lawrentian, Appleton, WI, January 2007

Martini, Tiffany, Michelle Grabner makes a Good point,” San Francisco Examiner, March 20, 2007

 Artner, Alan, “Grabner’s Solo Show Reveals Pop Influences,” Chicago Tribune, January 19, 2007

Bad at Sports podcast with Gaylen Gerber and Duncan McKenzie (episode 93), 2007

Weinberg, Lauren, Michelle Grabner at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago TimeOut, January 25-31, 2007, p. 67.

Schwabsky, Barry, “Michelle Grabner at Rocket” Artforum, fall 2006

Wayne Roosa, “The Pleasures of Merely Circulating,” exhibition catalogue, 2006

Timeout, London, August 10, 2006

Hoare, Lottie, “1996-2006 Michelle Grabner Paintings,” exhibition catalogue, Rocket Gallery, London

Bredin, Lucinda, The Week, London, July 22, 2006

Myers, Terry, “Time is on Our Side,” exhibition essay, Slowness, Heaven gallery, 2006

Bad at Sports podcast with Richard Holland and Duncan McKenzie (episodes 12 + 19), 2005 and 2006

Arney, Steve, “Art for the Artist,” The Pantagraph, March 2006

Rubi, Amalia, USA Hoy Pintura y escutura Norte Americana, El Punto, Julio 2005

Artner, Alan, Michelle Grabner at Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2005

Ott, Sabina, “Michelle Grabner at Wendy Cooper” Stretcher, 2005

Seidel, Florian, Bauwelt, September 2004

Rundfunk, Bayerischr, BR-Online, September 2, 2004

Gotz, Henning, Go Munchen, September 19, 2004, p. 77                                   

Schwarz, Franziska, SzeneMagazin, September 9, 2004

Dattenberger, Simone, Munchener Merkur, August 27, 2004

Huber, Cornelia, AZ Wochenende, August 22, 2004                                   

Schneeberger, Ruth, Munchner Kultur, August 21, 22, 2004

Eisenack, Marco, SZ-Extra, August 2004, p. S1

Hannum, Terence, “Inner Positive,” Artnet, April 15, 2004

Saunders, Gill, “Purl: Six Artists inspired by MoDA’s Collection,” Catalogue Essay, 2004

Workman, Michael, “Modest Minimalism,” New City, February 25, 2004.

Miles, Christopher, “Tracking Patterns, Report from Santa Monica II,” Art in America, February 2004, p. 80.

Van Proyen, Mark “Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam’” Gallery 16” Art in America, October 2003 pp. 144-145.

Kirk, Sarah, “The Path of Minimalism,” Milwaukee Art Museum Publication, 2003

Van Dyke, Aaron, “The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful,” Occasional Art Publication, 2003

Stein, Lisa, “Artist Profile,” Chicago Tribune, May 26, 2002

Artner, Alan “Paper Exhibition Breaks Out into a New Dimension” Chicago Tribune, March 21, 2002

Levin, Kim, Michelle Grabner, Village Voice, November 20, 2001

Thompson, Nato, “Michelle Grabner” FGA, 2001

Dailey, Meghan Michelle Grabner, Time Out New York, November 20 – December 6, 2001

Campbell, Shane, “Sweetness and Light,” catalogue essay, 2001

Frank, Nicholas, “Over The Rainbow: A Survey of Goodness,” catalogue essay, 2001

Cambell, Shane, Sound Video Images Objects, Flash Art, July – September 2001 p. 70.

Glueck, Grace, “Art in Review: Compression,” The New York Times, January 2, 2001

Waxman, Lori, “Electraslip Knife,” New Art Examiner, November 2000                 

Cotter, Holland, "Surging into Chelsea," The New York Times, Friday, January 21, 2000, Section E, pp. 37 & 41

Naves, Mario, “Noguchi and Kelly Talk: Pollock's True Legacy,” The New York Observer, February 14, 2000 p.14

Roch, Kate and Neal, Jennifer, “Chicago Headliners,” AHEAD, Spring 2000

Bulka, Michael, “Electraslip Knife,” New City, July, 6, 2000

Helfand, Glen, “Critics Choice: Minimal Pop,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 3, 2000

Radio Interview with Victoria Lautmann, WBBZ, Chicago's NPR station, May, 11, 2000

Shane, Nicola, "Money Matters," Art Review, June, 2000 p. 6-7

Laridaer, Cheryl, "ROYGBIV," Post-Crescent, Sunday, February 27, 2000

Gustafson, John, "It Looks Easy: A Cross Section of Recent Painting in Chicago," New Art Examiner, December/January, pp. 49-50.

Lambrecht, Luk, "Kunstgrepen," Brussels Daily News, May 1999

Artner, Alan, "Grabner Homes in On Subject Matter," Chicago Tribune, May 27, 1999, sec. 2, p.2

Snodgrass, Susan, "Letter from Chicago," C, May-August, 1999, p. 21

Snodgrass, Susan, "Report from Chicago," Staying Alive, Art in America, April, 1999, pp. 81-87

Auer, James, "Work Added to Sesquicentennial Portfolio," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wed. May 12, 1999, Cue 3E

Brehmer, Debra, "Snow White," Metro Milwaukee Weekly, January , 1999

Radio Interview with Russell Panczenko, Wisconsin Public Radio, March 1999

Porges, Tim, "A Demolition Derby of Art," The Octopus, Bloomington, IL, January 15-21, 1999, p. 11

Bonettti, David, "Gallery Watch," San Francisco Examiner, Friday December 18, 1999

Baker, Kenneth, "At Home with Grabner and Isermann," San Francisco Chronicle, December 1999

Sans, Jerome, “Home Painting,” exhibition catalogue, Rocket Gallery, London 1999

Bamberger, Tom "Where Have All the Artists Gone," Milwaukee Magazine, January 1999, pp. 45-53

Miller, Cliff, “Sesquicentennial Art Show Bear's Appleton's Signature: Prosse, Grabner Play Prominent Roles,” Appleton Post-Crescent, December 3, 1998

Guha, Tania, "Michelle Grabner at Rocket Gallery," Time Out London, August 26-September 2, 1998

Tan, Eugene, "Michelle Grabner," Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 19 (Summer) 1998, p. 67

Lusher, Tim, "Michelle Grabner: Home Painting," Evening Standard, June 4, 1998, Hot Tickets, p. 43

Miller, Cliff, "Lasting Tribute," Appleton Post Crescent, July 27, 1998 pp. C1-C3

Mickelson, Sandy, "The Art of Intrigue," Oshkosh Northwestern, July 23, 1998, pp. C1-C2

Ullrich, Polly, "The Workmanship of Risk: The Re-emergence of Handicraft in Postmodern Art, New Art Examiner, April, 1998, pp. 24-29

Saltz, Jerry, "Uncomfortable," Time Out New York, July 31-August 7,1998, p. 41

Smith, Courtenay, “Post-Pop, Post-Pictures,” Smart Museum, University of Chicago (exhibition catalogue) 1997

Maldonado, Ed, Nadine Wasserman, and Tina Wasserman, Distraction, TBA Exhibition Space, Chicago (exhibition catalogue) 1997

Kind, Joshua, "Post-Pop, Post-Pictures," New Art Examiner, November 1997, pp. 54-55

Hawkins, Margaret, "Gen X Artists Flaunt Their Indifference," Chicago Sun-Times, September 5, 1997, p. 18

Auer, James, "Tracking the Rising Stars in Art, Music, Dance Theater," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sunday, August 24, 1997, p. Cue E5

Wasserman, Nadine, "Michelle Grabner at UWM Art Museum," New Art Examiner, October 1997.

Auer, James, "Painter's Work Takes a Deep, Concentrated look at Surfaces," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28, 1997, p.2E

Iannaccone, Carmine, "Michelle Grabner at Richard Heller," Frieze, May/June 1997

Artner, Alan, "Distraction," Chicago Tribune, Friday, May 2, 1997 Tempo p. 2

Pagal, David, "Michelle Grabner at Richard Heller," Los Angeles Times, Thursday, January 20, 1997 Section F, p.1

Forgacs, Eva, "Michelle Grabner at Richard Heller," Art Issues, March/April 1997

Carley, Michal, "Michelle Grabner at Hermetic Gallery," Art Papers, March/April 1997

Frank, Nicholas, “If Walls Could Talk,” Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, exhibition catalogue 1997

Aukeman, Anastasia, "Small Budget, Large Ambition," Artnews (Special:The Cutting Edge,) October 1997 pp. 46-54

Auer, James, "State Wide Show Embraces Vast Array of Styles," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sunday, November 3, 1996 pp. 1 & 7

Taylor, Sue, "Michelle Grabner at Ten in One Gallery," Art in America, September, 1996 pp. 115-116

Yood, James, "Michelle Grabner at Ten in One Gallery," Artforum, Summer 1996 p. 112

Scarborough, James, "Michelle Grabner at Ten in One Gallery," New Art Examiner, April 1996 pp. 43-44

Porges, Timothy, "In With the Out Crowd," Dialogue, May-June 1996 pp. 14-15

Artner, Alan, "Domestic Turns Abstract in Grabner's Work," Chicago Tribune, March 22, 1996 Section 7, p. 22

Sobel, Dean, “25 Americans: Painting in the 90s,” exhibition catalogue, Milwaukee Art Museum 1995





Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Luxemburg

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Daimler Contemporary, Berlin

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC

Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Artist Pension and Trust participant since 2004