Artist, critic, curator and educator Michelle Grabner talks about balancing a regional focus with an international interest, and how she successfully integrated family life with her renowned art career.

“I see too much effort being placed on trying to kind of secure one’s location here in Chicago when one can work here and actually leave a more interesting footprint outside of the city.”

Michelle Grabner is a Professor and the Chair of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Painting and Drawing department. She earned her BFA (1984) and MA (1987) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA (1990) from Northwestern University, IL. Grabner is the Director of The Suburban, a gallery in Oak Park, IL, and the Poor Farm, Little Wolf, WI. Grabner has exhibited in such venues as Tate St. Ives, England; Leo Koenig, NY; Cranbrook Art Museum, MI; Gallery 16, San Francisco; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago. Her writing has been published in Artforum; Xtra and Frieze, in addition to many others. Her work can be found in collections around the world including DaimlerChrysler, Berlin; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

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