Alan Michelson is a New York-based, Mohawk installation artist whose work addresses North American geography, history, and identity in multilayered, multimedia installations. Michelson studied at Columbia University and earned his BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. With a diverse career as an artist, lecturer, and writer, Michelson recently exhibited his work in the 5th Moscow Biennale (autumn 2013), as well as Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada (spring 2013). In 2012, his work was featured in solo and group exhibitions that include: 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2012), Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast (Museum of Art and Design, New York, 2012 touring exhibition), We Are Here! Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship (National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustave Heye Center, New York, 2012).
In autumn 2012, the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission selected Michelson's design for a permanent public monument honoring Virginia's Indian Tribes, to be installed on historic capitol square in Richmond. In 2009, Michelson completed a permanent public artwork for the new U.S. Land Port of Entry in Massena, New York, commissioned by the Art in Architecture Program of the U.S. General Services Administration. For this work, he received the 2010 GSA Design Award, Citation in Art, and the 2010 Public Art Network Year in Review. Michelson is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, and most recently, he was the inaugural recipient of the 2011 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts, and the Invited Artist of the 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.
His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; and the Art Institute of Chicago.