Michelle Murphy

“Spread Out, Tuck and Roll” endurance performances at White Sands National Monument & Missile Range, (pictured here as a composite photograph), 2019

single channel video with sound (running time 5:05)

Michelle Murphy [they/them/theirs] is an Artist and Scholar based in Chicago, Illinois. Murphy dreams + performs for an inclusive future on Earth and in Space. 

Murphy is an interdisciplinary + performance artist. They live both IRL + URL, producing an astounding average of 13-16 terabytes of data annually via: performance for camera, photographs, site-specific guerrilla, performances, video art + stop-motion photography, installation + projection, internet art, books + publications, agitprop, music, non-fiction + poetry.

They are Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Online Projects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), were Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at the University of New Mexico and currently co-curate international art + culture publication MAKE8ELIEVE with Cetusss (Swiss Artist + Designer).

Murphy earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a New Artist’s Society Fellow (2017) + BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2004). Their work has been exhibited or performed in NYC, Paris, Geneva Switzerland, Guatemala City, Chicago, Miami, New Mexico, San Francisco, Jersey City, Cleveland, Oberlin, Greensboro, Detroit, Akron, and Cincinnati. Murphy has participated in several artist’s residencies including: Mana Contemporary Miami, SITELAB at SAIC, and Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC).

As a Photographer for NASA for eleven years (2004 to 2015), they worked on many significant projects including: Columbia Shuttle accident investigation, Astronaut training animations, unmanned rovers, solar sails, nano technology, aeronautics safety, Space Station experiments, ion engines + deep space propulsion, renewable energy, shape-memory materials, time capsules, revisionist art and displays for the “Mercury 13” Women, and (regrettably) stealth weapons.