Exhibit Information

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Biotic Semiotics: Drawing on Signs from Nature

Allen Priebe Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
April 4 - 26, 2012
Juror: Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Biotic Semiotics: Drawing on Signs from Nature, a national juried exhibition, seeks to display a wide range of work that incorporates the idea of "Drawing on Signs from Nature," actual or implied, as a main element of visual communication. View slideshow

Juror Michelle Grabner is an artist and writer. Professor and Painting and Drawing Department Chair at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has also taught at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

She has exhibited her work at Musée d'art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Stadtgalerie, Kiel; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Kunsthalle, Bern; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Midway, Minneapolis; Rocket, London; INOVA, Milwaukee; Southfirst, Brooklyn; Gallery 16, San Francisco; Minus Space,  Brooklyn;  Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; The Milwaukee Art Museum; Anne Mosseri-Marlio, Zurich; Bricks and Kicks, Vienna; Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen; Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas; Leo Koenig Gallery, New York; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York. 

Her work is included in the following public collections: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MUDAM-Musée d' Art Moderne, Luxembourg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Madison Musuem of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. 

Grabner, along with her husband, Brad Killam, founded The Suburban (est. 1999) and the Poor Farm (Est. 2009).  The Suburban is an artist-run project space in Oak Park, Illinois, which of the past ten years has hosted projects by numerous major and emerging artists. The Poor Farm is a not-for-profit exhibition space in Rural Northeastern Wisconsin.  She is also a corresponding editor for X-tra.  Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, X-tra, Art Press, ArtUS and Art-Agenda among others.

Grabner has also been named a curator for the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Text from exhibit prospectus and news reports.

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