Michelle Grabner: Soccermom

Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner during her lecture in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP

Michelle Grabner is an artist, writer, and professor of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Yale University, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, Grabner and her husband, Brad Killam, cofounded The Suburban, an artist-run project space in Oak Park, Illinois, which over the past 10 years has hosted projects by numerous major and emerging artists. In 2009, they initiated Poor Farm, a not-for-profit exhibition space in rural northeastern Wisconsin.

Grabner is represented by the James Cohan Gallery in New York City and has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and Europe. Her work can be found in the public collections of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MUDAM - Musée d'Art Moderne Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Grabner's writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, X-tra, Art Press, ArtUS and Art-Agendaamong others. In 2010, she and Mary Jane Jacob coedited The Studio Reader, an anthology published by the University of Chicago Press. Most recently, Grabner cocurated the 2014 Whitney Biennial.