michelle brehmer is a multidisciplinary creative whose diverse practice spans visual arts, scholarly research, curating, education and caregiving. Raised in metro-Detroit, michelle studied Fine Arts & Art Education at The College For Creative Studies before completing a graduate program in Critical Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland,Oregon. They returned to Chicago in 2024 and live with their partner in Rogers Park.


As an artist and researcher, michelle is interested in the phenomenological and metaphysical aspects of existence—what we see with our eyes closed, Berenstain Bears, (super)natural systems, etc. Their recent scholarly work includes a master’s thesis on the individual and collective agency of swarms, informed by affect theory and feminist cultural studies of science and technology. Currently, they are exploring the genre of alien horror and developing a series of sculptural kites inspired by Jordan Peele’s “Nope” alien.


michelle is dedicated to fostering equitable, accessible, and just environments in the arts and cultural spaces, whether through curatorial, educational, or administrative roles.  As Operations Assistant, they are excited to support Khecari and their anti-bigotry mission and to become more involved with the Rogers Park and Chicago dance communities.