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Michael Aurbach

Department of Art & Art History, Vanderbilt University, Box
Nashville, TN 37235, U.S.A.
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Phone: Home: 615-269-6560,     Fax: 615-343-3786

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Michael Aurbach is an artist-educator who teaches sculpture and drawing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His socially inspired works have been exhibited at universities, museums, and galleries throughout the United States. For nearly two decades Aurbach’s sculpture has addressed issues related to death, identity, and the plight of socially disenfranchised groups. His recent work is about secrecy and its ramifications.

He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Art Matters Inc., and Vanderbilt University are among the institutions and foundations that have provided support for his work. In 1995 Aurbach was honored with the Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

Since 1986 there have been more than 50 solo exhibitions of his work. The Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in New York, the University of Notre Dame, and the North Dakota Museum of Art are among the institutions which have hosted one-person shows of his work. He has lectured at roughly 150 colleges, museums, and art institutions.

He currently serves on the boards of the College Art Association, the Southeastern College Art Conference, and the Mid-America College Art Association. Through CAA he has participated in the development of professional guidelines and standards for artists, art historians, and museum professionals. Aurbach has been actively involved with mentoring programs for those beginning their academic careers.

Academic Degrees:

  • M.F.A. Sculpture, Southern Methodist University, 1983
  • B.F.A. Studio Art, University of Kansas, 1981
  • M.A. History of Art, University of Kansas, 1979
  • B.S.J. Journalism, University of Kansas, 1976
  • B.A. Biology, University of Kansas, 1974


Professional Experience:

  • Professor of Art, Vanderbilt University, 2000 - present
  • Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Vanderbilt, 1991 - 2000
  • Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Vanderbilt, 1986 - 1991
  • Assistant Professor of Art, Eastern Illinois U., 1984 - 1986
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Hamilton College, 1983 - 1984

Grants, Honors, Awards

  • University Research Council Grants, Vanderbilt University - 1997, 1990, 1989, 1988
  • Small Grant Awards, Vanderbilt University - 1998-99, 1996-97, 1993-94, 1991-92, 1990-91, 1988-89, 1987-88
  • Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, 1995
  • NEA - Visual Artists Public Projects Grant, 1993
  • Art Matters Inc. Fellowships, 1992, 1989
  • Tennessee Arts Commission / Knestrick Arts Fellowship, 1990
  • Nominee, AVA Award (Awards in the Visual Arts) - NEA/SECCA, 1989
  • NEA / Southern Arts Federation Fellowship, 1987
  • Faculty Excellence Award for Research & Creativity - Eastern Illinois University, 1986
  • Faculty Research & Development Grants, EIU, 1985
  • Algur H. Meadows Fellowship for Artistic Achievement - Southern Methodist University, 1981 - 1983

Michael Aurbach’s website contains additional images of his work, reviews, a curriculum vitae, and links to various organizations and resources.