Michelle Stuart


American artist born in 1933, currently living and working in New York, USA. Michelle Stuart is represented in New York by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, in London by Parafin and in Los Angeles by Marc Selwyn.

Michelle Stuart is an American artist, currently living and working in New York City and Amagansett, New York, and Carpenteria, California. Since the 1960s, Stuart has created a multifaceted body of work including large-scale earth works, complex multi-media installations, earth drawings, encaustic paintings, sculptural objects, drawings and prints. The photographic is currently her primary medium. Stuart has also written and published artist’s books. Her work references a range of influences, from history, astronomy, botany and her extensive travels to ancient archaeological sites. Stuart pioneered the utilization of organic mediums such as earth, wax, seeds, and plants to the vertical surface experience. The changes that take place in organic matter, the extinction series and the series on genetic variation, explore scientific issues that provide a new art vocabulary.

Michelle Stuart
New York, 1933

Solo Shows


Michelle Stuart: Time/Trace/Site, Works from 1969-1981, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects ADAA The Art Show 2017


Michelle Stuart, Theatre of Memory: Photographic Works., The Bronx Museum of the Arts


Michelle Stuart: Topographies: Works from 1969 to 2015, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles

Michelle Stuart: Tracing Memory: Selected Works 1969-2015, Parafin, London


Michelle Stuart: Silent Movies, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

Michelle Stuart: The Radical Redefinition of Drawing: Works from 1969 to 1979, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, Art Basel, Miami

The Other Surface: Michelle Stuart – Early Drawings, Anthony Slayter-Ralph Fine Art


Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature, Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham, UK, Parrish Art Museum


Michelle Stuart: Palimpsests, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks, New York, NY

Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974, (traveling), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Michelle Stuart: Works from the 1960s to the Present, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks & Projects, in conjunction with an exhibition at Salomon Contemporary, New York, NY

Publication: Michelle Stuart: Sculptural Objects–Journeys In & Out of the Studio. Charta, Milan

Group Shows


A Sense of Place, Southampton Arts Center

Earth Muse: Art and the Environment, Heckscher Museum of Art


A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age, George Eastman Museum

Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Touch the Sky: Art and Astronomy, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of the Sixties, Dominique Levy Gallery


You Go Girl! Celebrating Women Artists, The Heckscher Museum of Art

Land/Sky, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art

Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, Hammer Museum

The Menil Collection

Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects, Norton Museum of Art

Paris Photo Los Angeles, Marc Selwyn Fine Art at Paris Photo LA, Paramount Pictures Studios


Women and Print, Scripps College, The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery

Beyond Earth Art, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

Women Choose Women Again, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Heavenly Bodies, Santa Barbara Museum of Art


New Jersey as Non-Site, Princeton University Art Museum

Life on the Moon, Varios Small Fires, Losa Angeles

Land Marks, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Beacon, Salomon Contemporary

National Academy Annual Exhibition 2013, The National Academy Museum

PATHS: Charting, Navigating & Bridging, Simons Center Art Gallery, Stony Brook University

Contacts & Details

City of birth: New York Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1933 Lives in: New York