Born in Davenport, Iowa, Lives in New York


2003 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2000 BFA ,The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Forest Floor
Motus Fort Gallery, Tokyo

2011 Natural History
Enter Gallery, New York, NY

2008 El Ejido Galerie Alain Le Gaillard, Paris France

2007 Michael Vahrenwald, “the mythic has no medium” Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Michael Vahrenwald, “the distance between any two points is infinite…” Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago IL

2006 Michael Vahrenwald, Universal Default, Galerie Alain LeGaillard, Paris France

Group Exhibitions

2012 "OH My Complex Vom Unbehagen beim Anblick der Stadt" (of discomfort at the sight of the city) Curated by Hans D. Christ Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany

2011 No Place in Particular: Images of the American Landscape
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL

2011 John O'Connor and Michael Vahrenwald
Barbara Walters Gallery
Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY

2010 Seven Summits Mt. Tremper Fine Arts, Mt. Tremper, NY

2010 Sraunus
Curated by paul Paper

2010 Nearby Far Away, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art Kansas City, KS

2010 After Color Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta and Savannah Campuses, GA, USA

2010 On The Sublime
With Portfolio by Iris Editions, London England

2009 After Color, Bose Pascia Gallery, NY, NY

2008 Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA

2008 Revisiting America Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2007 Landscapes Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Outpost Tim Davis, John Lehr and Michael Vahrenwald Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI

2006 Paris Photo Alain Le Gaillard Gallery, November 15th- 19th 2006

2006 “Upstate”, Curated by Amy Smith Stewart Mary Boone Gallery, New York, October 5, 2006

2006 “Fountains”, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY July 2006

2006 Remake/Remodel online group exhibition D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY

2005 The New City: Sub/Urbia in Recent Photography Whitney Museum of American Art Sept.30-Jan.15,2006

2005 Talk to the Land: Organized my Matthew Keegan Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY, NY Oct 13th-Nov.12th

2005 Into the Woods: contemporary artists on nature Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL Oct.21-Dec.9th, 2005

2005 There's a City in My Mind Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005 Greater Brooklyn CRG Gallery New York, NY

2003 Yale MFA Thesis Show, New Haven, CT

2003 Photography in New York, Group Show curated by Emily Wei and Hahn Chau, Hudson Clearing, New York, NY

2000 Stop in, Drop by, Hang Out.
Arthur Haughton Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York, NY


2011 YVI Magazine Issue no. 5

2011 The New York Times, In a Fromer Bank, Money Still Talks, Susan Hodara,
Sunday, April 24, 2011

2011 The Journal News, Economically Inspired, Peter D. Kramer
Tuesday, April 15, 2011

2011 Westchester Senior News, April 2011

2011 Line: A Journal, Winter edition

2010 Publication for Podium for Observation
Test assembly panorama Kijkduin at Stroom Den Haag

2009 Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno Rei Terada, Harvard University Press.

2009 After Color, Published by Bose Pacia: New York

2009 Michael Vahrenwald Camera Austria issue 105, Forum

2009 Art in America Oct 09, page 51

2008 Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes Published by the Walker Art Center

2007 Three Degrees of Saturation, George Tysh Metro Times Detroit, April 4th, 2007

2006 Emerge Recommends part 5, Sean Dack Monday, October 30, 2006

2006 Chelsea is a Battlefield, Roberta Smith New York Times, July 28, 2006

2006 Etc., by Matt Keegan, designed by Susan Barber

2006 The New City: Sub/Urbia in recent Photography, Grace Glueck The New York Times, Arts, January 6, 2006

2005 Talk to The Land, Roberta Smith The New York Times, Arts, November 11, 2005

2005 Five Things You Need to Know About Collecting Photography, Lisa Skolnik Chicago Tribune, Arts, November 13, 2005

2005 Domestic Anxiety, Architecture, November 2005 By Robert Klara

2005 “Universal Default”, Blindspot issue #31

2005 NEO CON, curated by Matthew Cerletty and David Scanavino, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Passerby, Promotional material and imagery

2005 Dwell, March 2005

2005 Architectural Record, March 2005

2004 Vice Magazine, The Nature Issue, January 2004

2004 The New York Times, Home, Thursday Nov. 4th 2004

2004 2003 Graduate Photography at Yale Catalogue published by Herlin Press with essays by John Pilson.

2004 Yale Art Gallery Bulletin

Photographers dictionary, Flash Art, December, 2003

2002 Devils Bargin Architecture Magazine, by Andrew Rice July 2002

Public Collections

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS