(University of Kansas, B.A., B.S.J., B.F.A., M.A., Southern Methodist University, M.F.A.)
Michael Aurbach is a Professor of Art who teaches sculpture and drawing. His socially inspired works have been exhibited throughout the United States. For three decades Aurbach’s sculpture addressed issues related to death, identity, and the plight of socially disenfranchised groups. Much of his recent work serves as commentary on academia, secrecy and institutional behavior.
He has received numerous grants and awards. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Art Matters Inc, the Puffin Foundation, and Vanderbilt University are among the institutions and foundations that have provided support for his work. In 2011, Aurbach received the Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Contemporary Materials. In 1995, he was honored with SECAC's Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
Since 1986 there have been more than 80 solo exhibitions of his work. The Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in New York, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, the Wichita Art Museum, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Kansas are among the institutions that have hosted one-person shows. In 2001, Aurbach was honored with the inaugural exhibition of contemporary art at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN. He is a past president of the College Art Association (2002-2004), the world's largest organization of visual arts professionals and he has lectured at more than 250 colleges, museums, and art institutions.
Link to artist's website: www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/arts/aurbach/