Michele Bosak (Chicago, IL) is a curator currently based in Grand Rapids, MI. She holds an MFA from Northern Illinois University in Drawing and Museum Studies, where she was the recipient of the Medici Award and a Distinguished University Fellowship. Since 2013 she's fulfilled the role as Curator of Exhibitions for Kendall College of Art & Design. Working for a non-collecting institution, she curates original exhibitions and programming designed to engage both academics and the local community. 

 

Michele encourages a deeper awareness of contemporary creation and showcases a diverse cross-section of challenging contemporary works from both artists and designers who are good humans and who reflect on the positive impacts they can create in varied social, cultural, political and economic interests. She examines contemporary discourses at the intersection of art, design, and technology with an emphasis on women and queer culture. 

 

As an experienced artist, Michele has great insight into the guidance and management of artists throughout the creative process and serves as a mentor to both students and peers. In addition to curating independently and institutionally for the past ten years, she is also an art and design consultant.
 

Photo Credit: Matt Gubancsik

Artist: Juile Green, The Last Supper 

 

E D U C A T I O N

 

            Master of Fine Arts, Drawing / Sculpture
            Museum Studies Certification,
            Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
            University Fellowship Recipient and Medici Award for Graduate Achievement 

 

            Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture
            Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
            Academic Honors

 

C U R A T O R I A L 

 

Curator of Exhibitions, Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

 

2019   IGNITE: Emerging Curator Project

           Surface Matters: Designing for the Body, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2018   She Stares BackCurator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Focus on KCAD | Collections, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Focus on Faculty | Influence, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           The Sum of Its Parts - Jason Peters, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2017   Resort - Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Knockoffs: Originality, Theft, and Everything In Between, Curator, Exhibition Designer

           Society of Spectacle, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Shape of Self | Work by Riva Lehrer, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Sentimental Ornamentation, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Left Behind | Work by Jennifer Loeber, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2016   Cultural Landscapes, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

Thukral + Tagra: Walk of Life, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

Ripple Effect: From Industry to Environment in the Kalamazoo River Basin

Darshan | Seeing, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2015   SightlinesCurator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

Evolution of the Artist, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2014   Humor in Craft, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Shifting Landscapes | Work by Michael PfleghaarCurator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Michigan Modern: Killing ItCo-Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Money Matters, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Assuming Positions, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Always NewCurator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2013   Graphic Design: Now in Production (Traveling) Coordinator

           Contemporaries: Then and Now, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Designed to Win, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2012   Progressions: Syd Mead, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Role/Play, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Drawn: Kim Cridler and Jonathan Wahl, Coordinator, Exhibition Designer

           Acts of RecognitionCurator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2011   Then Again, Maybe Not, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Cosmic Theater | Selected Works by Michiko Itatani, Curator, Exhibition Design

2010   Justin Quinn; Recent Works, Coordinator, Exhibition Designer, Kendall Gallery

           Ethan Murrow: Drawings and Prints, Curator, Coordinator

2009   Kelli Connell: Photographs, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

 

Visual Arts Curatorial Associate, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

 

2010   dis.place.ment, Lead Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2009   Material Afterlife, Lead Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2007   BEing OPEN: 30 Years, 30 Artists, 30, Careers, Lead Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator,

2006   Drawing No Conclusions: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, Lead Curator, Exhibition 

           Designer, Coordinator 

           Awards Juror: Dominic Molon, Curator Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

           Undercover: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books, Co-Curator, Organizer

           Succession: A Painting Exhibition, Co-Curator, Organize

2005   Exposure X 9, Co-Curator, Organizer

2004   Fresh Materials, Co-Curator, Organizer

           (Re)Narrate, Co-Curator, Organizer

           New Abstractions, Co-Curator, Organizer

2003   The Funnel, Co-Curator

 

Museum Exhibitions Assistant, Northern Illinois Museum of Art, DeKalb, IL

2008   Gabriel Bizen Akagawa: CrateSpace, Coordinator

           Peggy Macnamara: Nature Paintings, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           Revisiting Modern Japanese Prints, Organizer

           Ayomi Yoshida: Yedoensis, Organizer

2007   Josef Albers Formulation: Articulation Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

           A Common Line: Figuration in Drawing, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator, Gallery 2                   Uncertainty Principle: Drawing in the Golden Age of Worry, Coordinator

           Message Sent…, Curator, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator, Gallery 214

           Mark Arctander: Surveillance, Exhibition Designer, Coordinator

2006   Blue Sky, Black Earth: Meditations on the Meeting of the Sky and Land, Exhibition Designer,

Organizer

 


E X H I B I T I O N S

2015   Queering, Group Exhibition, Spiral Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2013   Variations On A Line, Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI 

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           Installation Nation, Group Exhibition, Primary Colours, Indianapolis, IN
           Slide Wars, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
           ArtPrize, Old Federal Building, Grand Rapids, MI
           NEVER THINK small!, Group Exhibition, Climate/Gallery, Long Island, NY
2009   Little Hang Ups, Group Exhibition, Bryneboehm Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
           Mixed Bag, Group Exhibition, Gallery 104, Grand Rapids, MI
           Cross-Pollination, Group Exhibition, Surface Gallery, Bakersfield, CA
2010   Site Lab, Grand Rapids, MI
           Death Wins, Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
           whereabouts, Two-person exhibition with Kim Strom, Cave44, Challex, France
           (a)wake, Group Exhibition, 89 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI
2011   Associations, Group Exhibition, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids,

           10 x 10 : UNIFORM, Group Exhibition, Suite 100 Gallery, Seattle, WA
           Pile Up, Group Exhibition, Chicago Arts District Exhibitions Space, Chicago ,
IL
           The Space Foundation in partnership with UICA, Grand Rapids and Detroit, MI          
           19th Annual Women of Achievement and Courage Celebration, The Michigan Women's
2008   Mountain: A Force of Faketure, Group Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
           Between Us, Solo Exhibition, Gallery Noir, Grand Rapids, MI,

          The Space Between Us, MFA Exhibition, 214 Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           The Polish Connection, Group Exhibition, Nehring Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           Gabriel Bizen Akagawa: Unpacked/Offset, Group Exhibition, Collaboration with Jessica Witte,
                 NIU Art Museum, Rotunda Gallery, DeKalb, IL
2007   Getting Closer, Two-person Exhibition with Kelly Allen, Byrneboehm Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
           Pamiatki, Akademia Sztuk Piknych w Katowicach, Katowice, Poland

           A Common Line, Group Exhibition, Gallery 214, DeKalb, IL
           Conception, Group Exhibition, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           Message Sent…, Group Exhibition, Gallery 214, DeKalb, IL
           Postcard Salon Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
2006   Sculpture Review, Group Exhibition, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           Breaking Ground, Group Exhibition, #9 Design, Elmhurst, IL
           Group Graduate Show, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           Memoir, Group Exhibition, Blue Door Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           Green Space, Group Exhibition, Courtyard Installation, Jack Arends School of Art NIU,DeKalb, IL
           Recycled Moments, Solo Exhibition, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           Space 1, Group Exhibition, Free Radical Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
           Kitties, Cats, and Hand Grenades, Group Exhibition, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL  
           Women’s History, Group Exhibition, Dekalb Area Women’s Gallery, DeKalb, IL
           Graduate Group Exhibition, Jack Olson Gallery, DeKalb, IL  
2005   Jekyll & Hyde, Group Exhibition, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL
2004   A Common Dialogue, Visual Arts Committee Collaborative Exhibition, Urban Institute for   
                Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
2003   Observation of the Flesh, Two-Person Exhibition, Student Gallery, Kendall College of Art And
                Design
2002   5 x 5 x 5, Group Exhibition, Lo-Fi Project Site, Grand Rapids, MI


S E L E C T E D  J U R I E D  E X H I B I T I O N S

2007   Juried Group Graduate Exhibition, Jack Olson Gallery (Nov/Dec), Northern Illinois University,
            Dekalb, IL
                Juror: Tim Lowly, Professor of Fine Art, North Park University, Chicago, IL
            Juried Group Graduate Exhibition, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
                Juror: Adelheid Mers, Professor New Media, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
            31st Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, IL
                Juror: Sharon Rosenzweig
                Honorable Mention
2005   19th West Michigan Regional Competition, Lowell Area Arts Council, Lowell, MI
                Juror: Mark Chatterley, Professor of Fine Art, Central Michigan University
            Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition, White River Gallery, Montague, MI
                Juror: Ken Foster, Department Chair, Muskegon Community College
                2nd Place Award
2004   44th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, MI
                Juror: Al Gury, Head of Painting Department, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
            Wee Show, Collegiate Juried Exhibition, Front Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
                Juror: Paris Tennenhouse, Curator, Grand Valley State University
                1st Place Award
            All-Michigan All-Media Juried Exhibition 2004, Rankin Art Gallery, Big Rapids, MI
                Juror: Robert L. Barnum, Professor of Fine Art, Ferris State University
2003    75th Regional Juried Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
                Juror: David Butler, Director of Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University

 

A W A R D S

2017    Outstanding Venue Award, ArtPrize. Juror: Larry Ossei-Mensah

2014    Outstanding Venue Award, ArtPrize. Juror: Alice Gray-Stites

2007-8 University Fellowship, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
2005-8 Graduate Tuition Waiver, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

2007    Medici Award for graduate Achievement, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
2006    1st Place Award. 6th Annual Artist Battle, A Regional Competition for Best Local Artist
            Studio 280 at The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, MI
2005    2nd Place Award. Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition, White River Gallery, Montague, MI
            Kendall Alumni Community Service Award Nomination, Grand Rapids, MI
2004    1st Place Award. Wee Show, Collegiate Juried Exhibition, Front Street Gallery,
                 Grand Rapids, MI
2003-4 Student Leadership Award, Fine Arts Department, Kendall College of Art and Design,
                 Grand Rapids, MI
2001-4 Ferris State University Grant, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI         
             Merit Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
             Dean’s List, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
2001     Michigan Tuition Grant, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
  

B I B L I O G R A P H Y

Rockman, Deborah, Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation, Oxford University Press, 2008

NIU Graduate Group Exhibition Catalog, 2005, p.6

Kendall College of Art and Design Catalog, 2003, p.65-66
Kendall College of Art and Design Woodworking and Functional Art Program Catalog, 2002,  p.7

Kim Theriault, 5x5x5 Catalog, sponsored by Lo-Fi Project Site, 2002, p.12


2007   Independent Study Abroad, Cairo
2008   96th Annual CAA Conference, Dallas, TX
AS220 Practice/Practice2009   97th Annual CAA Conference, Los Angeles, CA
P R O F E S S I O N A L  CONFERENCES / TRAVEL
           Study Abroad in Poland, Academy of Fine Arts,
                Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, WI
           11th Biennial FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) Conference, Hosted by the       
Luxor, EgyptKatowiceand..

           95th Annual CAA (College Art Association) Conference, New York, NY
2005   93rd Annual CAA (College Art Association) Conference, Atlanta, GA

 

P R O F E S S I O N A L  DEVELOPMENT

2002-    Visual Arts Curatorial Committee Member, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art
2008-    Preparator and Graphic Designer, Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale, MI
2006-8  Preparator, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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