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About

Niki Grangruth (b. St. Paul, MN) received her B.A. in Studio Art and English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and her M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Grangruth is an artist, educator and arts program administrator in Chicago, IL. Her personal work explores issues of performative gender identity, 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 in NYC, and the Zhou B. Art Center. 


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EDUCATION
2009   Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL2006   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

2015Portraits 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 DepartmentChicago State University, Adjunct Professor, Art & Design Department
Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Schurz High School + Crown Community Academy