MAAT        The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

BA             Purdue University   

Selected Exhibitions


Matrescence & Maternality, Richard Soulton Gallery, London, UK


Radical Love, Stockholm, Sweden Correcting Art History (guerrilla performance,) The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Separate the Art from the Artist (guerrilla performance,) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Balthus: How Many Crotch Shots of an Eight-Year-Old Girl Does It Take To Make A Painting? (guerrilla performance,) The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Flat Iron Artists, The Robey Hotel, Chicago, IL

Object Action: The “F” Word in a Post-Truth Era," State, San Francisco, CA

Nevertheless We Vote, New York, NY


Parade Against Patriarchy, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL

The Weight Of Words, The Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

The Virtue of the Vicious, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

The SF Collective Spring Edition: A Fun-Raiser for ACLU + Planned Parenthood, Starline Social Club, San Francisco, CA

Nasty Women Chicago, Moonlight Studios, Chicago, IL

Nasty Women, The Knockdown Center, Brooklyn, NY


Kimberly Said No, public performance/installation, Daley Plaza, Chicago, IL

WMG Spring Gala Benefit, May 20th at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

MOTHER'S RIGHT, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago IL


MOTHER'S RIGHT, Daley Plaza Labor Day performance, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                Feminism (n.) Plural, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Third Annual Art Competition,” Bridgeport Art Center Gallery, Chicago, IL
Women’s Work,”  Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL


Fifth Anniversary Show,” juried by Monique Meloche, Water Street Gallery, Batavia, IL
11th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition,” Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
Expanding Borders,” Larsen Fine Arts Center, Bourbonnais, IL
The Tyranny of Good Taste,” curated by Danny Orendorff, la Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO


The Tyranny of Good Taste,” curated by Danny Orendorff, Glass Curtain Gallery,
Chicago, IL
Science Inspires Art: The Cosmos,” New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
“Wish You Were Here,” A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


BBC Radio “Separating the Art from the Artist,” April 2019

Artnet News “Museums Are Withholding Information: Why an Artist Made a Guerrilla Audio Guide for an Art Institute of Chicago Show,” January 2019

Artnet News “The Year in Protest: From the Met to Chapel Hill to Kochi and Beyond,” December 2018

The Guardian “'The Art World Tolerates Abuse'-The Fight to Change Museum Wall Labels,” November, 2018

Hyperallergic “Artist Covertly Hangs #MeToo-Inspired Wall Labels at the Met Museum,” November 2018

Artnet News “This Artist Is Sneakily Posting Her Own Guerrilla Wall Labels to Call Out the Bad Behavior of Male Artists at the Met,” November 2018

Artnet News “Meet 12 Fierce Feminist Artists Who Marched in a Get Out the Vote Parade Ahead of Today’s Midterm Elections, November 2018

Ms Magazine "A Glimpse Inside the Feminist Art Show Objecting to Trump," February 2018

Artnet News "Art Parade Against the Patriarchy Crashes Art Basel Miami Beach, Targeting the President," December 2017

Paper Magazine "The 'Parade Against Patriarchy' Makes a Statement at Art Basel," December 2017

Miami New Times "Parade Against Patriarchy Brings Feminist Public Art to Basel," December 2017“Artist of the Week,” Bailee Penski, Chicago Woman Magazine, July 31, 2017

"Artist Breaks The Silence On Disturbing Things Some Women Hear From Doctors During Childbirth," Jennifer Jones, Women You Should Know, January 27, 2016

Women's Health, "This Artist Used Hospital Gowns to Make a Powerful Statement About Poor Maternity Care," Korin Miller, January 7, 2016

Yahoo and Babble, "Artist Makes Powerful Statement About Dangers of U.S. Maternity Care," Beth Greenfield, December 28, 2015

CNN's Great Big Story, "I Don't Need Her Permission': Art as a Weapon for Women," Andrew Lampard, December 21, 2015

"Michelle Hartney’s Powerful Art," Jeanne Faulkner, Every Mother Counts, December 21, 2015

 "Under Contract," Natasha Tynes, Women's Edition of Fjords, September 8, 2015

"Michelle Hartney Presents Mother's Right Performance on Labor Day," Quinn Dukes, Performance is Alive, September 7, 2015

"Michelle Hartney Brings MOTHER'S RIGHT to Richard J. Daley Center," Broadway World, September 6, 2015

"Mother's Right-Labor Day Installation and Performance," 360 Magazine, September 6, 2015

"Performance at Daley Plaza to Raise Awareness of Maternal Mortality and Negligent Care," Whitney Richardson, New City, September 1, 2015

"A limited edition by Michelle Hartney to support MOTHER’S RIGHT," The Cool Collections, August 9, 2015

"Review: Feminism (n.): Plural/Woman Made Gallery", Whitney Richardson, New City, June 10, 2015

"High Maternal Mortality, Postpartum PTSD, and Obstetric Abuse are Focus of New Performance Project," Mothering, May 27, 2015

"Interview: Michelle Hartney," Sally Deskins, Les Femmes Folles, May 20, 2015

"Mother's Right," Peggy O'Mara, May 18, 2015

"Artist Puts Spotlight on Maternal Mortality and Obstetric Abuse in America," by Jennifer James, Moms for Social Good, May 20, 2015

The SF Collective Spring Edition: A Fun-Raiser for ACLU + Planned Parenthood," Starline Social Club, San Francisco, CA                       "Nasty Women Chicago," Moonlight Studios, Chicago, IL