Michele Colburn


Michèle Colburn: The More Things Change, Arlington Arts Center, 2018

Michele Colburn: Wired, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA 2015

Michele Colburn: War Paths, Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art, Washington, DC 2015



Defining the Art of Change in the Age of Trump, Center for Contemporary Political Art, Washington, DC, 2018

Art Speaks!
, Los Angeles, 2018

The Painting Center, Fight or Flight, New York, NY, 2017

Project Space, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, 2017

Grizzly Grizzly, Reasoned Likelihood, Philadelphia, 2017

Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action, Nave Gallery, Boston, 2015

Art Museum at Katzen, American University. Readymade@100. Curator Mark Cameron Boyd. 2014

39th Street Gallery, Americana, Brentwood Arts Exchange, MD, 2014

George Mason University, Fear Strikes Back, Fairfax, VA. Oct/Nov 2013

DC Arts Space, Fear Strikes Back, April/May/June, 2013

Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art, Washington, DC. The Newtown Project, January-May, 2013

Franklin and Marshall College, Alumni Exhibition, January/February, 2013

Randall Scott Projects, Untitled 3,  Washington, DC August/September, 2012


Area 405, Baltimore. Juror: Sarah Tanguy, Independent Curator. On Loan,  2012.

American University, Washington, DC.  Nine Degrees, Graduate Thesis Exhibition, April/May, 2012.

Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA. Juror: Rita Gonzalez, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, L A County Museum of Art. Momentum (Exhibition honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Women's Caucus for Art), 2012.

American University, MFA Thesis  Show. Katzen Museum, American University. April, 2011.


Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC, 2011.  Juror: Sculptor Barbara Liotta


Katzen Arts Center, American University,  Drawing Undefined, 2010


Rhonda Schaller Gallery, New York, NY. Small Rays of Hope: Fragments of a Larger Idea, 2007

Fear Strikes Back, panel artist, DC Arts Center, 2013.

Under the Influence
, artist presenter, group presentations organized by the WPA and hosted at the Corcoran. 
Juror, artist John Bankston, 2011.


Muong Residency, Hoa Binh, Vietnam, 2018

School of Visual Arts, New York, Ny, 2014

Vermont Studio Center, Fellowship, 2013


American University, MFA Studio Art, 2012


Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. B.A. Art History, 1976



Grant from the Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ. 2015

Partial Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, April, 2014

Artist Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, May-June, 2013

Teaching Fellowship, American University, 2010-2012

Ted & Elizabeth Leon Art Scholarship, American University, 2011-2012

Mellon Conference Travel Grant, 2012



Fight or Flight, The Painting Center, New York, NY. 2017. https://www.thepaintingcenter.org/fight-or-flight/

In the Galleries: Gunpowder and Teddy Bears reviewed by Mark Jenkins, 2015. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-gunpowder-and-teddy-bears/2015/07/23/a6bc67b6-2fb8-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html?utm_term=.27c3f271476d

Fear Strikes Back, reviewed by Mark Jenkins. May 30, 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/alchemical-vessels-offers-bowls-full-of-healing/2013/05/30/96beedcc-c898-11e2-9f1a-1a7cdee20287_story.html

Artists Contribute to 'Newtown Project: A Call to Arms!, Mark Jenkins. The Washington Post, January 24, 2012. http://www.charleskrausereporting.com/

Exhibition of Art Inspirded by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Opens in DC, January 25, 2012.  ://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2013/01/25/exhibition-of-art-inspired-by-the-sandy-hook-elementary-shooting-opens-in-d-c/

Postal7600, (Argentinian art publication) Septiembre/octubre, 2012. p 38


Nine Degrees: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Introduction "Ideas, Identity, Communcation, Community," Jamie L. Smith, Founding Partner Conner Contemporary. Michele Colburn, p. 5. 2012


Momentum: 40th Anniversary of the Women's Caucus for Art catalogue. pp. 39-40. 2012


AmLit, Spring 2012 edition. Student Literary Magazine, American University. pp. 21 & 76

Liberal Art: Science, Nature and Philosophy Help Fuel the Passion of Five Alumni ArtistsFranklin 7 Marshall Magazine, Jan. 2008. Vol 52.   

1460 Wall Mountables, DCist.com  (July); Art with Heart, The Washington Examiner, 

August, 25 and 26, 2007 


The Torch, Smithsonian Employee Newspaper, 2004

Smithsonian Magazine, Staff Artists, p.102. 1996.




Guiermo Kuitca: An Artist's Quiet Take on Mass Murder, 2011. Artifice: Fear and Loathing in Washington, DC. 

Winter/Spring art reviews, 2011.




Resident Artist. Arlington Arts Center, 2014-Present.

Freelance arts writer 2017.

Adjunct Lecturer, American University, 2015. The Studio Experience.


Teaching Assistant – American University, Painting, Level 200 and The Studio Experience.


Art Instructor - Arlington Arts Center.  2010 -11 and 2016-Present.


Teaching Artist – Adult and children’s workshop for the Hirshhorn, 1997-2001

Kreeger, and National Museum of Women in the Arts 2007-2008

Embassy of Switzerland, Washington, DC. Manager, Cultural Projects, Communications and Cultural Section, 2008-2010 


Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. Marketing Survey Interviewer, 2006-2007


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Public Affairs Specialist, Smithsonian Institution, 1991-2001 


Born, Washington, DC.  The artist continues to live and work in the nation's capital. Colburn holds a B.A. in Art History from Franklin & Marshall College and an MFA from American University (2012). The artist has worked in the arts for better than 20 years and has lived in various states in the U.S. including New York, Maryland, Arizona, and Colorado. Although born in America, her maternal family is French-Swiss.