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Michelle Murphy

Chicago, IL


Michelle Murphy is an Artist and Scholar living in Chicago, IL.


2017     MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

2011     Foley Gallery Artist Mentorship Program, advisement on Photography, New York City, New York

2004     BFA Cleveland Institute of Art: Photography, Film, and Video, Cleveland, OH

2002     Advanced Adult Space Academy, Huntsville, Alabama


Awards and Scholarships

2015-2017 New Artists Society Fellowship, MFA Program, SAIC Chicago

2013    Merit-based Scholarship for Residency, Contemporary at 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

2003    Mildred Eynon Woodell Grant for Liberal Arts and Art

2002    The Joyce Seid Grant for Excellence in Photography

1999-2004   Portfolio Scholarship, the Cleveland Institute of Art



2018    Mana Contemporary Miami, Florida

2017    S.I.T.E.Lab, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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

2014    Elsewhere, Greensboro, North Carolina

2013    Contemporary Artist’s Center, Troy, New York

2011    Shared Space Studio, Pentwater, Michigan


Solo Exhibitions

2021 (forthcoming, September) Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, NM

2017  Responsive Beauty, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago IL

2016  Shimmering Schemata, 2731 Prospect Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2013  Beauty & Perception, Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland Ohio

2011  America: a Comedy, Brandt Gallery, Cleveland

Public Art

2020  Photographic stop-motion as a public projection, rooftop in San Francisco curated by Claire Frost, Berkeley Art Museum

2018    Mural, a large-scale photograph of make-up which looks like a planet, Dalad collection, Cleveland

2015    Public Artwork, Interactive Op works, Waterloo Arts Festival, Cleveland

2014    Social Practices Project, creating messages for Outerspace, Brite Winter Festival, Cleveland



2021  Hibernation Station, Calgary, Ontario, Canada

2020    Westward Expansion performance at Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

Recreational Recycling at a defunct recycling plant in Cleveland, OH

Tumblegeddon, public performance on Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2019    Spread Out, Tuck and Roll, public performances at White Sands National Monument & Missile

Range, Alamogordo New Mexico

2018    River Explorer/Predator, public performance, DFBRL8R Bubbly Creek performance festival, Chicago

Eluding Gravity, public performance, involving flyboarding in the Biscayne Bay, Miami

2017    Extending for Equilibrium, public performance sprinting with a small resistance parachute at the

United Center, Chicago

Mothering Earth, public performance, nurturing Earth prop in the Garfield Park Conservatory,Chicago

Gravity-bound Exploration, public performances at Maggie Daley Park and the Adler Planetarium

L A S T I N G  at Sullivan Galleries, Chicago

2016 Journey to the Moon, after the Mercury 13 New Blood Festival, Links Hall, Chicago

Journey to the Moon, after the Mercury 13, public journey, Art Institute to Northwestern Hospital


Group Exhibitions

2021  Hibernation Station Calgary, Ontario, Canada

2020  Re: Acker , M. LeBlanc gallery, Chicago IL

2019  Tete e Tete, ZhouB Art Center, Chicago IL

2018  Elegant Disruption, DFBRL8R with artists Aram Han Sifuentes, Edra Soto, Erica Mott, Hanna Barco, Hugh Sato, Ashley Gillanders, and Azi.

Please Touch, Mana Contemporary Jersey City curated by Ysabel Pinyol, with artists – Cindy Sherman, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Catherine Opie and more

Dual Roles with artists – LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lorna Simpson, Alice Neel, Sally Mann, Julie Mehretu

Gravity-Bound Explorer, video at Mana Contemporary Miami curated by Molly Feingold, April 2018

2017  S.I.T.E. space at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

MFA exhibition at Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL

Bright Speck exhibition HANDWERKER, Ithaca College Gallery

2017  Bearing: object body and space SUGS Gallery at Neiman Center, School of the Art

Institute of Chicago

Auto Biography After Fiction at the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, Flaxman Library

2016  Witchita Art Museum (WAM), ART + FILM exhibition with Joseph Beuys

Fed Galleries Kendall College Art & Design, Land of Here and Now, Grand Rapids MI

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

SPACES The Revisionists Natural Itstories group exhibition, Cleveland

2015  SAIC, Greater Expectations exhibition, Sullivan Center, Chicago

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



2021 Emergency Index vol 9, Ugly Duckling Presse, artwork and essay feature, NYC

2020    Funny Looking Dog Quarterly, Literary Magazine, Issue 4, poetry published, Chicago

2019    Emergency Index vol 8, Ugly Duckling Presse, artwork and essay feature, NYC

2018    Afterimage (Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism) vol 45, no. 4; cover image and review

Emergency Index vol 7, Ugly Duckling Presse, artwork and essay feature, NYC

2017    Between the Real and Utopia, catalog and essay “Gravity-Bound Explorer” Chicago Tribune Performing the space between reality and utopia by KT Hawbaker

ArtDaily, review of exhibition at LUMA Loyola’s Museum of Art

Third Coast Review, review of exhibition at LUMA Loyola’s Museum of Art

FNEWS, exhibition review for Bearing: object body and space

             Comp-Dumpling peer publication advised by Kelly Kaczynski, SAIC

Chicago Tribune, LUMA gets lost in a beautiful space, by KT Hawbaker

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    Discover Magazine online, “Visual Science”

BuzzFeed website, artwork review

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

NATIVE Publications online artist feature

2012      Art and Science Journal, review and artwork feature

Field Projects Gallery NYC Tumblr site, artwork review

2011      Carpaccio Magazine, issue 16 p.10, Spain


Art Institute of Chicago; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Flaxman Library, Chicago; Progressive Art Collection; Cleveland Clinic; University Hospitals; Private Collections in: Switzerland, Guatemala, NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland



2021  Harold Washington College, Chicago IL

Cleveland Institute of Art

University of Utah

2020  Re: Acker  poetry reading with Claire Finch, Douglas Martin, Noa/h fields, Ryan Greene, Nat Pyper, Ang Zheng, Jennifer Karmin at M. LeBlanc gallery, Chicago IL

2019     (virtual) Artist’s lecture, University of Utah Photography Department, invitation of Jaclyn Wright

2018     This Moment Here, podcast (iTunes or SoundCloud)

“Hype and Afterlife” Low-Res MFA Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Artist’s Lecture, University of Chicago, DoVA Department, for graduate students in studio art

Performative Artist’s Lecture and studio visits at the Cleveland Institute of Art

“Eclipse” lecture, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, Florida

2017    “Exploration + Disorientation” at Ithaca College, Handwerker Gallery

“Between the Real and Utopia” Panel Discussion, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Artist’s Lecture, SAIC, Photography Department

2016    Artist’s Lecture, SAIC, Photography Department

2015    Artist’s Lecture, SAIC in topics course “Confronting the Abject”

2014    Artist’s Lecture Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Ohio

2013    Artist’s Lecture Cleveland Institute of Art

2011    Artist’s Lecture, Cleveland State University’s Photography Department

2010    President Obama presented image of mine for a lecture on NASA

2008    Cleveland Institute of Art, Photography Department

Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Regional Conference Presentation

Natural History Museum, Science and Art, Cleveland Ohio

Work Experience

2019-(currently)  Faculty, Interdisciplinary Projects, Pre-College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2021 Visiting Faculty, RE:Tool Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2019-2020 (Jan 2019 – May 2020) Visiting Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Art and Art History Department

courses: Topics Course: “Living with the Camera ON: Photography + Performance in the age of self promotion and late Capitalism”; Graduate Seminar; Advanced Photography + Interdisciplinary Projects; Photographic Lighting; Intermediate Photography; 4 Graduate Student Tutorials (bi-weekly meetings); 2 Undergraduate Independent Study (bi-weekly meetings)

2017-2019  “Documenting, Context, Afterlife” series of workshops at SAIC in the Career and

Professional Experience Program (CAPX) and for the Low-Res MFA Program

           Faculty, Extended Studies Summer Institute Residency Program

2016   Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Art, Continuing Education & Pre-College

2016   Teaching Assistant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

2015   Teaching Assistant, “Confronting the Abject” photo and video art topics course

with Oli Rodriguez, SAIC

Teaching Assistant, Large Format Film course, SAIC

2004-2015 Photographer for NASA, NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field

– experience included Creative Direction, Execution, short and long term deadlines, and work for Publications, Public Engagement, Project Funding, and Archival purposes

2011-2013  BFA Thesis Faculty Advisor, Cleveland Institute of Art

2012  Adjunct Faculty, Cuyahoga Community College, Digital Photography

2010, 2011 Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Art, Photography (analog and digital) and Video courses

Curatorial and Related Experience

2008-2021 (currently) Co-Founder and Co-Curator MAKE8ELIEVE International art & culture magazine

2018   Juror, Artists Alliance, Scholastic Art Awards in NYC, Digital Art category

2017   INTERLINK Visiting Artists Coordinator, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

“Autobiography After Fiction” a research based exhibition at Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection

2016   Student Exhibition, Confronting the Abject, at Mana Contemporary Chicago

2015  “Greater Expectations” Sullivan Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2013-2015  Director & Founder, Micro Art Space, Artist’s residency program & gallery, Cleveland Ohio