414 School Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
MFA Sculpture, May 2002, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
MA Sculpture, May 2000, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
BA Fine Art, Cum Laude, May 1992, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Associate Professor of Art, Whitman College, 2013-present.
Associate Professor of Art and Chair, Whitman College, 2013-2016.
Assistant Professor of Art, Whitman College, 2007-2012
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Millsaps College, 2005-7
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Iowa, Spring 2002
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Grinnell College, Spring 2001
Awards and Residencies
Monothon 2019, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, 2019
Signal Fire, Rio Grande Canoe, 2017
The Arctic Circle, 2017
Anderson Ranch, Visiting Artist, 2014
VCCA Moulin A Nef, Auvillar, France, 2012
Whitman College Perry Grant, 2012
Playa Artist Residency, 2012
Brush Creek Foundation Artist Residency, 2012
Artist Trust GAP Grant, 2010
Ragdale Foundation Artist Residency, 2010
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, 2010
Whitman College Abshire Grant, Whitman College, 2009
Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship, 2006
Millsaps College Faculty Development Grant, 2006
Millsaps College Faculty Travel Award, 2005, 2006
Prairie Center of the Arts, Artist Residency, Peoria, IL, 2006
KHN Center for the Arts, Artist Residency, Nebraska City, NE, 2005
Jentel Foundation, Artist Residency, Banner, WY, 2005
International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Award in
Contemporary Sculpture, 2000
Paula Patton Grahme Scholarship, 1998, 1999, 2000
Len Everett Scholarship 1999, 2000
Solo Exhibitions + Projects
polyglot plume, CARNATION, Portland, OR.
the immiscible edges, White Box, Portland, OR.
Surrogate, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA.
Surrogate, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA.
Michelle Acuff – A Topology of Thinking, The Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR.
Michelle Acuff – Corpus, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Michelle Acuff – Mind’s Meander – The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.
Wounded- University of Memphis ArtLab, Memphis, TN.
Fragile World - Michelle Acuff, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Satellite Space, Nebraska City, NE.
Making the Mountain – Michelle Acuff, CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Butch, Ruby’s Pearl, Iowa City, IA.
Michelle Acuff - Recent Sculpture, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA.
The Locus of a Disassociated Self, Eve Drewlowe Gallery, The University of IA.
Alumni Invitational Exhibition, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL.
Arctic Lament, (two-person exhibition), CAVE Gallery, Vancouver, WA.
Now You Don’t: Photography and Extinction, In the In-Between, Journal of New and New Media Photography, https://www.inthein-between.com/now-you-dont-photography-and-extinction/
First Date, CARNATION CONTEMPORARY, Portland, OR.
Freeze-thaw, 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH.
Close In: 1st Inland Northwest Juried Landscape Exhibition, Jundt Museum, Spokane, WA.
Studio Art Faculty Exhibition, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
WHITE OUT, Montez Press, 2018.
selected for Djerassi print edition.
Of Silence, Tilt Export, Outpost Projects, Yucca Valley, CA.
Mutations of Otherness, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, juried by Shoshanna Weinberger.
Post-Rural, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
10x10x10’, Mighty Tieton, Tieton, WA, juried by Linda Tesner, Director of the Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College and Justin Gibbens, co-Founder PUNCH Gallery.
Somewhere Else – Artprize 2012, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.
Consumer Culture, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, juried by M.E. Ware, Associate Professor of Sculpture, Central Michigan University.
Mudiliscious, New Jersey Arts Incubator, West Orange, NJ.
10x10x10, Mighty Tieton, Tieton, WA, juried by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum; René Barilleaux, Chief Curator at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Stephen Lyons, Director of Platform Gallery.
Green, Attleboro Museum of Art, Attleboro, MA, (juror’s award recipient) juried by Kate McNamara, Director and Chief Curator, Boston University Art Gallery.
9th Annual Biennial, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, juried by Alexandra Schwartz, MoMA; Montclair Art Museum.
Intimacy, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, juried by Andrea Green, Director of the Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Surrogate, New and Returning Faculty Exhibition, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
12x12x12, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, juried by Hamlett Dobbins.
Beacons, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.
Small Sculpture Exhibition, Andrews Gallery, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, curated by Elizabeth Mead.
Marlboro Gallery National Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Prince George’s Community College, Lardo, MD, juror: Molly Donovan, Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art.
Seeing Double, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA, juror: Kristina Durocher, Curator of Collections, Fitchburg Art Museum.
Artscapes, Tacoma Arts Commission, Tacoma, WA Yesterday: Today: Tomorrow, The Q Center, Portland, OR.
Seattle CoCA, Across the Divide, Belltown multimedia space and Ballard space, Seattle, WA.
Faculty Exhibition, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Gertrude Press Group Exhibition, Portland, OR.
Objects of Desire, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
New Faculty Exhibition - Introductions – Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.
Faculty Exhibition – Millsaps College Lewis Art Gallery, Jackson, MS.
Bi-State Annual Art Competition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS.
33rdAnnual Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA.
Faculty Exhibition - Millsaps College Lewis Art Gallery, Jackson, MS.
Fall/Winter 2000/2001 Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ.
50th Annual Quad State Juried Art Exhibition, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL.
Five Star Art, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Corporal Evidence, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, IA.
Twenty Third Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, Centennial Hall Gallery, Rock Island, IL.
Home, Reservoir Space, The University of Iowa, IA.
Handmade Books, Checkered Space, The University of Iowa, IA.
Gelatina, Fundacion Paul Rivet, Cuenca, Ecuador.
Experiencias de Vida y Muerte, Museo del Banco Central, Cuenca,
Women Do Women, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Lesbian Art Movement, Liz Long Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Rock Island Fine Art Exhibition, Centennial Hall Gallery, Rock Island, IL.
Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, Centennial Hall Gallery, Rock Island, IL.
Quad City Regional Art Showcase, Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA.
What’s New in Art? Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL.
Visual Aids, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA.