Michelle Grabner is an artist and writer. Professor in Painting and Drawing at The School of the Art Institute, she has also taught at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Yale Norfolk, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts – Bard College, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and The University of Pennsylvania.
She has exhibited her work at Musée d´art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Stadtgalerie, Keil; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Kunsthalle, Bern; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Midway, Minneapolis; Rocket, London; INOVA, Milwaukee; Southfirst, Brooklyn; Gallery 16, San Francisco; Minus Space, Brooklyn; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; The Milwaukee Art Museum; Anne Mosseri-Marlio, Zurich; Bricks and Kicks, Vienna; Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen; Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas; Leo Koenig Gallery, New York; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York.
Her work is included in the following public collections: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC.
Grabner, along with her husband Brad Killam, founded of The Suburban (est. 1999) and the Poor Farm (Est. 2009). The Suburban is an artist-run project space in Oak Park, Illinois, which over the past ten years has hosted projects by numerous major and emerging artists. The Poor Farm is a not-for-profit exhibition space in Rural Northeastern Wisconsin.
She co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
She is also is a corresponding editor for X-tra. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, X-tra, Art Press, ArtUS and Art-Agenda among others. In 2010, she and Mary Jane Jacob co-edited THE STUDIO READER, an anthology published by the University of Chicago Press.