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‘STUDIO Visits’ series to feature artist from Chicago

"STUDIO Visits," a series of lectures with a talk-show format hosted by M. Michelle Illuminato, assistant professor in the Alfred University School of Art & Design’s Freshman Foundation program, continues at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Nevins Theater at Powell Campus Center. The series is held weekly on from 9-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, and is open to the campus community and the public, free of charge.

This week’s guest will be Michelle Grabner of Chicago, Ill., whose topic will be "Painting, Founder of The Poor Farm."

She is currently a professor and chairman of the Painting and Drawing Department at The School of Art Institute of Chicago as well as a 2011-12 visiting professor in painting and printmaking at Yale University. Grabner is also the co-director of The Suburban, an independent artist project space in Oak Park, Ill.

Grabner works primarily in painting, drawing, paper weaving, photography and stitchery, depicting patterns and repetition. She has exhibited her pieces at galleries across the United States and western Europe.

Grabner is an interdisciplinary artist whose work consists of identifying, indexing and transposing patterns. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing and a master of arts degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a master of fine arts degree in art theory and practice from Northwestern University.

She is a regular contributor to several prominent art journals, including X-tra, Frieze, Artforum, Modern Painters, and Teme Celeste. She is also a contributing editor for X-tra.

For more information about the STUDIO Visits Series or the Alfred University School of Art and Design, visit For more on Michelle Grabner, visit http://www.michellegrabne....