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NAME: Alan Michelson  
NATION: Mohawk  
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WEBSITE: www.alanmichelson.com  
DISCIPLINE: Mixed media  
     
     

Artist Bio

Alan Michelson was born in Buffalo, New York, grew up in western Massachusetts and Boston, and now lives in New York City. He studied at Columbia College in New York and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and earned his BFA from Tufts University in 1981.

A Mohawk member of Six Nations of the Grand River, Michelson addresses North American geography, history, and identity in his multi-layered, multimedia installations.

Michelson's work was featured in a recent solo exhibition New Tribe: New York – Alan Michelson (2005–06) at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, curated by Gerald McMaster, and in numerous group exhibitions, including Atlas Americas (2007) at the Oi Futuro Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, curated by Paolo Herkenhoff, and The American West (2005) at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, England, curated by Jimmie Durham and Richard W. Hill.

His work has also been exhibited in several museums, including the Tang Museum, the New Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship. Most recently, he was named the 2011 Invited Artist/Fellow of the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. His work is in the permanent collections of several institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Smithsonian Institution.

Michelson's public artworks include Third Bank of the River (2009), the U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture commission for the new U.S. Land Port of Entry in Massena, New York, and projects with the Public Art Fund, Creative Time, New York University's Grey Art Gallery, and the artists collective REPOhistory. Michelson teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Website:
www.alanmichelson.com

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions
2005
"New Tribe: New York", Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, New York (catalog)
2004
"NATIVity", Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario (catalog)
2000
"Alan Michelson", Herndon Gallery, Antioch College
1999
"Ganohonyohk", Art in General, New York (brochure)
1999
"Oneonta", Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
1993
"Cult of Memory", Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
1990
"At Sea", Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY
1990
"Earth's Eye", Public Art Fund, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009
"Lives of the Hudson", Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (catalog)
2009
"The Muhheakantuck in Focus", Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Riverdale, NY (catalog)
2009
"Aesthetics of Crossing", Van Alen Institute, New York, NY
2008
"Into the Trees", The Fields Sculpture Part at Art Omi International, Ghent, NY
2007
"Video Atlas", Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (catalog)
2007
"Thoreau Reconsidered", Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Riverdale, New York (catalog)
2007
"Oh So Iroquois", Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario (catalog)
2007
"Shapeshifters", Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario (catalog)
2006
"PAUMANOK", Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, NY
2006
"Voyage", Permanent collection installation, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
2005
"The American West", Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK (catalog)
2004
"Birdspace", Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (catalog)
2004
"FLOCK", Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
2004
"Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture", Artrain USA
2003
"Imaging the River", Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
2003
"Lebensorte—Kunstraume", Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany (catalog)
2002
"8th Native American Fine Art Invitational", Heard Museum, Phoenix (catalog)
2002
"Alan Michelson, Phil Young, Kay WalkingStick: Recent Work", Yager Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
2001
"Crossing the Line", Queens Museum of Art, New York (catalog)
2001
"Crosscurrents 2001", Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park
2000
"Who stole the teepee?", Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, New York
1999
"Building Histories", Apex Art, New York
1998
"Keeping Track of the Joneses", New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1997
"Days of Invention", AICH Gallery, New York
1997
"Made in New York", Institute of American Indian Art Museum, Santa Fe
1996
"Red River Crossings", Swiss Institute, New York (catalog)
1994
"Timepieces", Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY/Old Westbury
1993
"Trade Routes", The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1993
"For the Seventh Generation", Art in General, New York (catalog)
1992
"REPOhistory--The Lower Manhattan Sign Project", Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (catalog)
1992
"Edge 92" Biennial, Madrid/London (catalog)
1991
"SITEseeing: Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Art", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalog)
1988
"Re-Visions", Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada (catalog)
1987
"We the People", Artists Space, New York (catalog)
1987
"Art on the Beach", Creative Time, New York
1986
"Three Young Artists in Boston", Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

Grants and Awards
2010
Invited Artist/Fellow, Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art
2004
New York Community Trust, $20,000 Visual Artist Grant
2003
Peter S. Reed Foundation, Inc. Grant
2003
Artist's Residency, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt am Main
2003
Artist's Residency, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
2002
Rhode Island School of Design Professional Development Fund Grant
1999
Artist-in-Residence, Art in General, New York
1999
Foreman Institute Fellowship, Hartwick College
1994
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Residency, Pyramid Atlantic/Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, University of the Arts
1990
NYSCA Visual Artist Sponsored Work Award/Public Art Fund, Inc.
1989
Artist-in-Residence, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York
1988
National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship
1988
Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant
1987
Center Award, Boston Center for the Arts

Selected Publications
2010
Heartney, Eleanor. "Alan Michelson: Third Bank of the River", U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture brochure
2009
Morris, Kate. "Art on the River: Alan Michelson Highlights Border-Crossing Issues", Smithsonian Institution American Indian Magazine, Winter 2009
2009
Duane Blue Spruce & Tanya Thrasher, editors. The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC
2008
Heartney, Eleanor. GSA Art in Architecture Selected Artworks 1997-2008, U.S. General Services
2008
Deborah Everett and Elayne Zorn. Encyclopedia of Native American Artists, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT
2008
Doan, Abigail. "Omi International Art Center Grows Greener", Inhabit.com, November 22, 2008
2007
Everett, Deborah. "Light on Shadowed Ground: Alan Michelson", Sculpture Magazine, May 2007
2007
Chamberlain, Colby. " 'Thoreau Revisited' and 'Three for Society' ", Artforum.com
2007
Milroy, Sarah. "A new look at our entangled worlds", Toronto Globe and Mail, October 6, 2007
2005
Ash-Milby, Kathleen E. "Contemporary Native American Art in the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Legacy", European Review of Native American Studies, 19:1, 2005
2004
McLellan, Marian. "The Birds", New Orleans Art Review, March/April 2004
2003
Zimmer, William. "Out of the Water, Inspiration", New York Times, December 28, 2003
2003
Schutte, Christoph. "Geschichte ist oft sehr schmerhaft", Frankfurter Allegemeine, June 7, 2003
2003
Fisher, Jean. Vampires in the Text: Narratives of Contemporary Art, Institute of International Visual Arts, London
2002
Kymberly N. Pinder, editor. Race-ing Art History: Critical Readings in Race and Art History, Routledge, New York
1999
Brian Wallis, editor. Art Matters: how the culture wars changed America, NYU Press, New York
1998
Lustig, Jessica, ed. "Takeout: Art", TimeOut New York, March 19-26, 1998
1998
Gould, Claudia; Smith, Valerie. 5000 Artists Return to Artists Space: 25 Years, Artists Space, New York
1996
Camhi, Leslie. "Accounts Paid", Village Voice, December 17, 1996
1996
Cotter, Holland. "Red River Crossings", New York Times, November 29, 1996
1994
Harrison, Helen. "Messages Communicated by the Detritus", New York Times, October 30, 1994
1993
Canning, S. "Trade Routes", New Art Examiner, December 1993
1992
Fisher, Jean. "In Search of the 'Inauthentic'", Art Journal, Fall 1992
1992
Tarkington, Melissa, "Art Signs Challenge 'History'", New York Newsday, June 26, 1992
1990
Zimmer, William. "Everyday Expectations With a Twist", New York Times, December 23, 1990
1990
Kahn, Eve. "Strata", The New Yorker, October 22, 1990
1988
Morgan, Marie. "Re-Visions", Vanguard, April/May 1988
1987
Lippard, Lucy R. "Holding a mirror up to America", The Guardian, December 16, 1987
1987
Bauld, Harold. "Painters and Patrons", Boston Magazine, September 1987
1986
Narrett, Eugene. "Three Young Artists", New Art Examiner, November 1986
1986
Temin, Christine. "'Three Young Artists' truly a stellar show", Boston Globe, September 13, 1986

Essays/Artist's Book
2006
"Failure to Launch", Vision, Space, Desire: Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and New York
2001
"Lost Tribe", Children of the Dragonfly, University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, AZ
1994
The Conspiracy of Pontiac, Pyramid Atlantic, 1994

Education
 
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
 
BFA Tufts University, 1981
 
Columbia College, New York

Teaching
2003-present
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
 
Senior Critic, Division of Foundation Studies
 
"Studio: Design", core foundation studio
2001 - 2003
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
 
Adjunct Faculty, Painting Department
 
"Painting III", core studio for undergraduate majors Graduate student independent study
 
"Re: Place" multi-level interdisciplinary studio
2000
Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
 
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art and Art History
 
"Oil Painting l"
 
"Drawing and Two Dimensional Design"

Professional Affiliations and Activities
2009
CEC ArtsLink, ArtsLink Projects selection panelist
2005
National Museum of the American Indian Venice Symposium artist participant
2003
CAA Annual Conference Studio Art Open Session Co-chair, "Curator as Collaborator"
2002
New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA Prize panelist
1999 - 2003
New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists' Advisory Committee, Sculpture
1999 - 2000
Art in General, Artists' Advisory Board
1998 - 1999
Visiting Artist/Writer, Hartwick College
1999
New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship Program, Sculpture panelist
1999
National Museum of the American Indian, New York, Artist-in-Residence Program panel reviewer

Lectures and Panels
2009
Artist's Talk, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY
2008
American Friends of the Arts Annual Convention, Panel, "Contemporary Native Art: Museums and the Public Realm", Philadelphia, PA
2006
Conference on New York State History, Panel, "Fresh Approaches to the Iroquois Experience", Columbia University, New York, NY
2006
College Art Association Annual Conference Panel, "Contemporary Native American Art of the Northeast", Boston, MA
2006
"Multiple Modernities" Panel, Columbia University, New York, NY
2005
Artist's Talk, National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustave Heye Center, New York
2004
Visiting Artist Lecture, Smith College, Northampton, MA
2003
"Native American Art and Spiritual Aesthetics?", Artists Talk on Art, New York
2003
Artist's Lecture, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2002
Visiting Artist Lecture, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002
Visiting Artist Lecture, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
2000
Visiting Artist Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2000
Visiting Artist Lecture, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
1999
Foreman Institute Fellow Lecture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
1998
Visiting Artist Lecture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
1997
Artist's Talk, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York
1996
"Red River Crossings" Panel, Swiss Institute, New York, NY
1995
"Intertextual Strategies" Panel, Washington (D.C.) Project for the Arts
1994
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
1993
Artist's Talk, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
1993
"History/Memory" Panel, SUNY Old Westbury, New York
1992
College Art Association Annual Conference, Panel, "The Silent Message of the Museum", Chicago, IL
1991
"Rediscovering Columbus" Panel, South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY
1990
"Sculptors Addressing Our Changing Ecosystem" Panel, International Sculpture Center, Washington, D.C.
1989
Artist-in-Residence Lecture, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY
1988
"Re-Visions" Panel, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

Commissions
2009
Art in Architecture Program, U.S. General Services Administration, permanent public art commission for the U.S. Port of Entry, Massena, New York. Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

Collections
 
National Gallery of Canada
 
National Museum of the American Indian
 
Woodland Cultural Centre
 
Heard Museum
 
Boston Trade Bank
 
Rhode Island School of Design Library
 
Chicago Art Institute
 
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
 
New York Public Library
 
Wellington Management Company, LLP

Interviews
2009
Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Avis Berman interviewer
2009
Tang Museum, Lives of the Hudson, Director John Weber interviewer
2008
Jim Metzner's "Sound and Story Project", Storyscape radio program
2005
Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics featured interview, Raquel Chapa interviewer
2004
"Six O'Clock News", CKCO, Kitchener, Ontario
2003
"Hauptsache Kultur", Hessicher Rundfunk, German TV
2001
"Art Zone", BBC Radio
1997
"City Arts", Thirteen WNET
1996
"Sunday Morning", CBC Radio
1993
"L'Atelier", FR3, French TV
1992
"Seventh Generation: What Columbus Learned", WSKG Public Television
1992
"Kultur Revecz", Hungarian National TV
1992
"Edge 92", ITV, London