Michelle Oosterbaan received her MFA from Indiana University and BFA from Washington University. Geometry and color provide the syntax through which she explores geography, atmospheres and boundaries. Her study of space and architecture concerns transitions and liminal effects, growing out of her earliest studies of plein-air painting as a teenager in Washington D.C. Since holding an apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 1996, she has called Philadelphia home. Highlights of her exhibition history includes the Drawing Center, the Delaware Art Museum, PAFA, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Oosterbaan has held grants from the Independence Foundation, the Center for Emerging Visual Arts, the Great Rivers Biennial, and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. She has held residential fellowships at Cite des Arts International, the MacDowell Colony in Yaddo, and VCCA. Recent collaborations include public art projects with the Mural Arts Program.
Oosterbaan teaches drawing, painting and color theory classes in the Continuing Education program.