Michelle Grabner/The Suburban

February 23rd, 2011

Michelle Grabner/The Suburban

Michelle Grabner (b. 1962) runs probably one of the best known artist-run spaces, situated in Oak Park alongside Fraser’s He Said She Said and Tom Burtonwood’s What It Is. Run with her husband Brad Killam, The Suburban has shown many nationally and internationally renowned artists since its establishment in 1999. The Suburban itself is a small space, even by “apartment gallery” standards, but offers a unique opportunity for artists to experiment outside the normal pressures of a highly publicized commercial space. In 2008 Grabner and Killam expanded their repertoire, founding the not-for-profit Poor Farm, an artist’s space and residency located in the Township of Little Wolf in Central Wisconsin. Alongside running two thriving art spaces, Grabner is the Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and maintains a dedicated studio practice. She is currently exhibiting at Shane Campbell Gallery. Her solo exhibition, Like a Rare Morel, with be on display through March 5th. http://www.thesuburban.org/

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