Michelle Murphy
Chicago, IL


Michelle Murphy is an Artist, Lecturer, and Organizer.
Murphy’s interdisciplinary work has been exhibited in NYC, Paris, Geneva Switzerland, Guatemala City, Chicago, and San Francisco. Murphy was a Professional Photographer at the NASA Glenn Research Center (for 11 years), Director/Founder of Micro Art Space (an artist residency program & gallery), and co-curates the art and culture online publication MAKE8ELIEVE with Swiss artist/designer Cetusss.



2017    Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

2011    Foley Gallery Mentorship Program, NYC

2004    BFA in Photography Film & Video, Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio

2002    Advanced Adult Space Academy Huntsville, Alabama



2015-2017 New Artist Society Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

2014    Public Artwork, Brite Winter Festival, Cleveland, Ohio

2013    Merit Scholarship, Contemporary Artist’s Center, Troy, NY

2008    NASA Team award, digital imaging excellence, Space Exploration Proposal

2006    NASA Team award, excellence in Photography, Ballistics research of the

Columbia Investigation

2002    The Joyce Seid Grant for Excellence in Photography

1999-2004   Portfolio Scholarship, the Cleveland Institute of Art



2015    ARTfile Magazine NYC, Interview and Artwork Feature “Playing w/ Perception”

2014    360 cover image and portfolio feature, Dec/Jan Issue, Switzerland

2013    Popular Photography print, online, iPad feature and interview, February Issue

2012    “Visual Science” Discover Magazine online, artwork feature

BuzzFeed website, artwork review

2011     Picture Dept – Newsweek and the Daily Beast Tumblr site, artwork review

NATIVE Publications online artist feature

Art and Science Journal, review and artwork feature

Field Projects Gallery NYC Tumblr site, artwork review

2010    Carpaccio Magazine, photograph “Landscape” issue 16 p.10, Spain

ITCH Magazine, “Plans for a Better Self”, issue 6 Capetown, South Africa



2015    Artist-in-Residence at the 9 Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio

2014    Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC

2013    Contemporary Artist’s Center, Troy, New York

2011    Artist Residency, Shared Space Studio, Pentwater, Michigan



2017  (forthcoming) LUMA, Loyola University Museum, Chicago

(forthcoming) On Performance, SITE, SAIC, Chicago

MFA performance, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago

MFA exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago

“Bright Speck”, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, NY

2016  “Art + Film”, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita Kansas

New Blood Performance, Links Hall, Chicago

(solo) 2731 Prospect, Cleveland Ohio

Student Union Galleries, SAIC, Chicago

2015  “NEO GEO” exhibition, Akron Art Museum, Ohio

“The Revisionists Natural Itstories” group exhibition, SPACES Cleveland

2013  (solo) “Beauty and Perception” Arts Collinwood Gallery, Cleveland

Natures Work, Pop-up exhibition, Troy, New York

2012  “A Tale of Two Cities” Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland

2011  Carpaccio Magazine & Atem Books, Nofound Photo Fair, Paris

2010  “Outerspace” Agent Double Gallery, Geneva Switzerland



2017    (forthcoming) LUMA, Loyola University

Publications as expanded art, Performance Department Undergraduate course

Professional Practices, Document the Un-documentable, CAPX SAIC

2016    Graduate Lecture, SAIC

Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, NY

2731 Prospect, Exhibition Lecture, Cleveland

2015    Graduate Lecture, SAIC, Chicago

2014    Artist Residencies, Sculpture Center, Cleveland

2008, 2013, 2014   Artist’s Lecture, the Cleveland Institute of Art

2011    Cleveland State University’s Photography Department

2010    President Obama used an image for a lecture on NASA, Washington DC

2008    Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Regional Conference, Midwest Region



Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, Chicago

Progressive Art Collection

Cleveland Clinic Collection

University Hospitals

Private Collections in: NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Guatemala City, Geneva Switzerland, Cleveland Ohio



2008-Currently     Co-Curator MAKE8ELIEVE International art & culture magazine

2015, 2016   Teaching Assistant, SAIC, Chicago

2015  Faculty, Certification Course for High School Art Teachers, Cleveland Institute of Art

Board Member, Cleveland Museum of Art, Friends of Photography

2004-2015    Photographer at NASA Glenn Research Center

2013-2015    Director/Founder of Micro Art Space (residency & gallery), Cleveland

2012-2014    Juror Scholastics National Art Competition, NYC

2008-2015    Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Art, Continuing Education and Pre-College

2013   BFA Thesis Faculty Advisor for Troy Hoffman, Cleveland Institute of Art

2012  Adjunct Faculty, Cuyahoga Community College

2010, 2011 Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Art, Photography and Digital Video

2009 Juror, SPACES Cleveland

2008 Juror, Photo Department Scholarships for the BFA Program

2003-2005 Juror, Cleveland International Film Festival

1997-2004  Sales & Retail Experience