niki grangruth
BIO
Niki Grangruth (b. St. Paul, MN) received her B.A. in Studio Art and English from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN and her M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Grangruth is a photographer and educator working in the Chicago, IL. Her work explores issues of performative gender identity, gender archetypes, beauty ideals and the reinterpretation of art history. Her work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Kinsey Institute Gallery, Trestle Gallery, the Zhou B. Art Center and Woman Made Gallery. Her work is part of the permanent collections at Saint Olaf College, the Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces at Columbia College, and the Kinsey Institute Collection. Grangruth teaches photography at Columbia College Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago and Chicago State University, in addition to coordinating a multi-disciplinary, after school arts program for underserved high school students with the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago. EDUCATION
2009 Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
2006 Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English, Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN EXHIBITIONS
2015 Portraits 2015, Center for Fine Art Photography (Upcoming) Fort Collins, CO
2014 38th Annual Beverly Arts Center Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center Chicago, IL Soho Photo Gallery, National Photography Exhibition New York, NY Spring Gala, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Indianapolis, IN Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, Grunwald Gallery Bloomington, IN
2013 Illinois Institute of Art Faculty Exhibition, Loop Gallery Chicago, IL Touchy Subjects: Sex, Art and Humor, Indianapolis Art Center Indianapolis, IN Face Value, Kinsey Art Gallery Bloomington, IN Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, Grunwald Gallery Bloomington, IN Collaborations, Trestle Gallery Brooklyn, NY copy.right?, 33 Collective Gallery Chicago, IL 16th International Open, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, IL
2012 S/He Loves Me, Northern Trust Bank Chicago, IL The Portrait: Up Close and Personal, MPLS Photo Center Minneapolis, MN Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, Grunwald Gallery Bloomington, IN
2011 From this Place, Waseca Art Center Waseca, MN Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, SoFA Gallery Bloomington, IN Portraits, Gallery 350, Illinois Institute of Art Chicago Chicago, IL
2010 Girl Please!!! Woman Made Gallery Chicago, IL Mothers, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, IL Nature and Nurture: Reproduction, Kinsey Institute Gallery Bloomington, IN Strange Beauty, Center for Fine Art Photography Fort Collins, CO Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, SoFA Gallery Bloomington, IN The New Madonnas (solo exhibition), Kishwaukee College Gallery Malta, IL 2009 Family Album, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, IL Weisman Exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery Chicago, IL Union League Civic and Arts Visual Arts Competition, Union League Chicago, IL Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, SoFA Gallery Chicago, IL
2008 Group Show No. 27, Humble Arts Foundation online Foto-Work, Orleans Street Gallery St. Charles, IL Mary Beth Creiger Memorial Exhibition, Around the Coyote Chicago, IL Weisman Exhibition, Hokin Gallery Chicago, IL I Am Woman, The Next Picture Show Gallery Dixon, IL
2007 New Art 2007, Orleans Street Gallery St. Charles, IL Mary Beth Creiger Memorial Exhibition, Around the Coyote Chicago, IL
2006 Senior Thesis Exhibition, Flaten Art Museum, Saint Olaf College Northfield, MN Topics Exhibition, Buntrock Commons, Saint Olaf College Northfield, MN Illegitimate Arts Festival, Associated Colleges of the Midwest Chicago, IL HONORS & AWARDS
2014 Portraits 2015, Juror’s Choice Award, Center for Fine Art Photography National Photography Exhibition, 1st Place, Soho Photo Gallery 2013 The Portrait: Up Close and Personal, Honorable Mention, MPLS Photo Center
2011 Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, Best in Show, Kinsey Institute Gallery
2009 Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, Visual Arts Finalist, Union League Club
2008, 2009 Albert P. Weisman Project Completion Grant, Columbia College Chicago
2008 John Mulvany Merit Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago
2008 I Am Woman, 1st Place Award, The Next Picture Show Gallery
2007-2008 Graduate Opportunity Award, Columbia College Chicago
2006 Academic Distinction in Studio Art, Saint Olaf College
2005 Dan Palm Travel Award, Saint Olaf College
2002 Waseca Arts Council Award, Waseca Art Center COLLECTIONS
Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington, IL
Columbia College Chicago, Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces, Chicago, IL
Saint Olaf College, Department of Art & Art History, Northfield, MN
Various Private Collections SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Weins, Ann. "Sex, Art, and Archive." Oregon Quarterly. Nov. 2014
Creps, Marcela. “A Safe Space.” Heraldtimesonline.com. 11 May 2014
Foumberg, Jason. “Kinsey Institute Loves Chicago Art.” Chicago Magazine. 28 Jan. 2014.
The Portrait: Up Close and Personal exhibition catalogue, 2012, MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN
Abbe, Mary. “The Portrait: About Face.” Minneapolis Star Tribune. 2 Aug. 2012. Kinsey Institute. “Kinsey Today.” Spring 2012.
Estrella, Sarah. “Sexy Art.” Examiner.com. 13 May, 2011.
Niki Grangruth and James Kinser (interview) “Guy with a Pearl Earring.” By Arianna Prothero. Indiana Public Media.
“Art for Sex’s Sake.” Heraldtimesonline.com. 10 July 2010. TEACHING
Columbia College Chicago, Adjunct Professor, Photography Department
Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago, Adjunct Professor, Digital Photography Department
Chicago State University, Adjunct Professor, Art & Design Department
Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Schurz High School © Niki Grangruth 2015