Ann Toebbe standing in front of her paintings

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ann Toebbe received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1997. She earned an MFA in painting from Yale University in 2004 and a DAAD Scholarship to the Universität der Kunst, Berlin in 2004-05. The primary focus of her paintings is domestic life. Toebbe’s process is labor intensive, employing freehand painting, flat geometry, geometric abstraction and intricate patterning. Her paintings are often multi-media works with furniture and objects collaged on the surface cut from paper the artist paints in her studio. Her compositions play with flatness and multiple points of views. Each painting can simultaneously have inside and outside views, views from above, and objects and figures portrayed from a straight on view.



New City Design, 10.7.16

New City, 10.6.16

The Chautauquan Daily, 7.30.16

Arti, Italy 3.2.16

Courier Post, February 23


Saltz, Jerry, “The 10 Best Shows of 2015”, New York Magazine, 12.15

NY Observer, Miami 12.15

Modern Painters, 4.14

Print Magazine 2.20.15

Huffington Post, 19 2.19.15

Saltz, Jerry, “What to Do Around Town”. NY Mag, print version, 2.11.15

Artinfo, 2.21.15

The New York Times 1.21.15

NY Mag, 1.28.15

The Chicago Tribune,1.28.15


Chicago Magazine 12.2014

ARTnews 9.9.2014

Boston Globe 6.24.2014


Gallerist NYC 9.24.2013

New York Magazine 8.25.2013

New York Times 6.14.2013

Bad At Sports: An Interview with Ann Toebbe 3.16.2013

Time Out Chicago 3.13.2013

Elmhurst Chicago Tribune 3.6.2013

Huffington Post 2.2013


Gallerist NYC 9.17.2012

Republican-American 7.24.2012


Kitchen Goddess 10/11.2011

A Woman’s Work: Chicagoist 10.18.2011

Art Ltd 9.2011


The Boston Globe 8.26.2010

Artforum 2010


Indy Week 5.28.2008

Harold Sun 5.18.2008


Artforum 10/11.2007

New City 11.2007


Born: 1974 Cincinnati, OH
Lives: Chicago, IL



DAAD, Universität der Kunst Berlin, Germany


M.F.A. Yale School of Art, Yale University


B.F.A. Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH


Parson’s School of Design, NY Studio Program, NYC

Solo Exhibitions


Days of Our Lives, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA


Cooler by the Lake, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC


Friends and Rentals, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC

Swing State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY


Room Air Conditioner, Monya Rowe Gallery, St Augustine, FL


Remarried, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY


Shared, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA


Rooms, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

The Inheritance, Ebersmoore Gallery, Chicago, IL


Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, 12 X 12


Housekeeping, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA


Churches, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC


Stained Glass, ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL


After School Days, 537 Gallery, Cincinnati, OH



Tornado Warning, Process Art Space at The Mill, Westport, NY

Two-Person Exhibitions


Ann Toebbe and Chris Bogia: Home and Garden, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI


Ann Toebbe and Carly Glovinski, Standard Space, CT


Ann Toebbe and Iris Bernblum, The Drawing Room, The Arts Club of Chicago

Ann Toebbe and Gwendolyn Zabicki: At Home, H.F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College, WI


Sarah McEneaney and Ann Toebbe: Home Work, Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions


Folk Modern, Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC


What’s The Point of Precision?, OyG Projects, Brooklyn, NY


The Armory Show, Tibor de Nagy, NYC


Applied Anxiety, Allouche Benias Gallery, Athens, Greece

I’m Afraid to Own a Body, Poker Flats, Williamstown, MA

Interior Constructs, Projekt 105, NYC

Eric Hibit Presents, Studio Archive Project


Itemized Scenes, Spring/Break Art Fair, New York

High Voltage, The Nassima Landau Project, Tel Aviv, Israel

Interiors: hello from the living room, 1969 Gallery, NYC

a mirrow, a dish, a window, Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL

Itemized Scenes, The Spring Break Art Show, NYC


The Future of Collage, The Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

Small Painting, Corbett vs Dempsey,Chicago, IL

The Salon at The Wing, Chicago, IL


Between the Walls, Tillou Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

Summertime, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC

Windows, Next to Nothing Gallery, NYC

In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior: 1950 – Now, The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA


Not Knowing, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

Home, Monya Rowe Gallery, St. Agustine, FL

Domestic, Jane Eckert Fine Art, Kent, CT

The Line, Site131, Dallas, TX

Correspondences, Tibor de Nagy, NYC


More Strange Than True, Curated by Fieldwork, Pulaski Park, Chicago, IL

The Annual:Showroom, Curated by Edra Soto, CAC, Chicago, IL

Summer Exhibition, The Suburban, Riverwest Space, Milwaukee, WI

The Next Chapter, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institution, Chautuaqua, NY

By Hand, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL

Imagination, Brand New Gallery, Milan, ItalyIn/Dwelling, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ


Around Flat, The Knockdown Center, Brooklyn, NY

Pulse Art Fair, Monya Rowe Gallery, Miami, FL

Homeful of Hands, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK

Wizards and Sorceresses, Improvised Showboat, Brooklyn, NY


Absent Friends, Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC

Division of Labor, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL


Paper, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Inaugural Group Exhibition, Monya Rowe Gallery. NYC

Summer Exhibition, Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC

Open House: Art About Home, The Elmhurst Museum of Art, Chicago, IL


Miami Project, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Miami, FL

Housebound, Heiner Contemporary, Washington, DC

Sunday Paintings for A Rainy Day, Curated by Hein Koh, Field Projects, NYC

Project 0012, in collaboration with Skowhegan, Cape Elizabeth, MN

The Shape of Things, LivWill Art, Litchfield CT

Neu!, Ebersmoore, Chicao, IL


Pulp, MFA Gallery Central at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

NEXT Art Fair, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Chicago, IL

Two Fold, The Suburban,Chicago, IL


Ah Wilderness, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL

Power of Selection 3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

IAAFBJHMJNMOMRSATSW, Curated by William Staples, Fountain Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

NEXT Art Fair, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Chicago, IL


Mixtape, Curated by Jeffrey Teuton, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC

Knowingly Naïve, NEXT Art Fair, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Chicago, IL

Zombie:A Mindless Affair, Atena, Chicago, IL

After Narrative, Art Space, New Haven, CT

West Prize Finalist Exhibition, The West Collection, Oaks, PA


Innocence Regained, Anna Kustera Gallery, NYC

Mutability, Curated by Patricia Courson, Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL

Bellwether, Curated by Shannon Stratton, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Grandma, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY, and San Francisco, CA

The Souvenir Show,The Gift Shop Project Space, Chicago, IL


You are in My Space, Gallery 2 at SAIC, Chicago, IL

The Big Bang, Curated by Julie Langsam, Spaces, Cleveland, OH


Darling Project, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

One Year Anniversary Exhibition, AfterModern, San Francisco, CA

NOVA, Brooklyn Fire Proof Inc., Chicago IL

The Idea of Death is Tormenting Me, Brooklyn Fire Proof Inc., Brooklyn, NY


My Perspective, Curated by Steven Zevitas, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA

Drama, Romance, Loneliness, Narcissism…, Curated by Chris Bogia, and Jen DeNike, Massimo Audiello Gallery, NYC


Hallowed Halls, Curated by Chip Tom, Marc Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven CT



IL Arts Council Fellowship

IL Arts Council IAP Grant


IL Arts Council IAP Grant

City of Chicago IAP Grant (DCASE)


Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant

Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant


West Prize, Finalist Award, catalog available


Illinois Arts Council, Finalist Award

Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Community Arts Grant


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant


DAAD Scholarship, Universität der Kunst Berlin, Germany


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

Schoelkopf Travel Grant, Yale University


Skowhegan Summer Fellowship


Bernadette and David E. Davis Award, Sculpture Dept., Cleveland Institute of Art


Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante

General Mills

Beth de Woody Collection

Wellington Management Company

Jimenez-Colon Collection

The Saatchi Collection

Fidelity Investments

The Progressive Collection

The West Collection

Collection of BCBS San Francisco



Naumovski, Zlata, Meet the Maker, Luxe Magazine, Nov/Dec


Chernick, Karen, “Three shows to see in NYC this weekend”, The Art Newspaper, January 7


Rosenbluth, Alfred, INTERIORS at 1969 Gallery, White Hot Magazine, December

Smith, Roberta, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, New York Times, Aug 13


“Friend: Jana” reproduced in Harper’s Magazine, October Issue

@artforum, Ann Toebbe, July 18

Saltz, Jerry, 25 Things to See in NY (#2 Ann Toebbe), NY Magazine, July 16

Gundogdu, Atesh, Ann Toebbe, artpeak NY, June 10

Horn, Zach, “Human Touch in the Age of Tech”, Art Practical SF, Feb 8


Osberg, Annabel, “Sarah McEneaney and Ann Toebbe”, Pick of the Week, Artillery Magzine, Dec 13

Gerwin, Daniel, “Entering Two Painters Vision of Home”, Hyperallergic, Dec 8

Boomer, Nolan, “Ann Toebbe and Sarah McEneaney”, Artforum.com, Nov

“Ann Toebbe”, Contemporary Art Curator Magazine, May 1
Brown, Daniel A. “Tempo House”, Folio Weekly, Jan 4

“Ann Toebbe at Monya Rowe Gallery”, Editors, Modern Painters, Jan

“Drawing Interiors Started as a Way to Remember Her Childhood…”, Editors, Interior Design Magazine, Jan

Kuonen, Lily, “Internal Landscapes and Shared Memories: Jake Longstreth and Ann Toebbe in St. Augustine”, Burnaway, Feb 20


Berger, Philip, “More Strange Than True,” New City Design, Oct

Reeves, Chris, “Considering Art’s Relational Capacities to Site & Space,”New City, Oct

Briggs, Partricia, “Art Alumni Showcase, “Delightfully Challenging,” The Chautauquan Daily, July 30

Ghezzi, Rosella, “Forma, bella, figura, ViviMilano, Arti, March 2

Elden, Shannon, “Rowan exhibit draws on memories of home,” Courier Post, Feb 23


Steadman, Ryan, “8 Must-See Satellite Art Fairs in Miami”, The NY Observer, Dec 1

Saltz, Jerry, “The Ten Best Shows of 2015”, New York Magazine, Dec

Indrisek, Scott, Reviews in Brief/New York “Ann Toebbe”, Modern Painters, April

Print Magazine, “Remarried: The interior information architecture of Ann Toebbe”, Feb 20

Huffington Post, Ann Toebbe Remarried, Feb 19

NY Magazine, “What to do in NY”, February 11

Indrisek, Scott, “5 Must See Shows”, Artinfo, Jan 21

Smith, Roberta, “Ann Toebbe”, The New York Times, Jan 22

Salz, Jerry, “3 Sentence Reviews: Ann Toebbe”, NY Mag, Jan 28

Waxman, Lori, “Children Welcome”, The Chicago Tribune, Jan 28


McQuaid, Kate, “Ann Toebbe Makes Memories”, The Boston Globe, June 24

Silver, JoAnne, “Ann Toebbe at Steven Zevitas”, Art News, Sept 9

Foumberg, Jason, “Stare At A Painting”, Chicago Magazine, Dec


Heinrich, Will, “Inaugural Group Exhibition 34 Orchard Street”, Gallerist NY, Sept 25

Michals, Susan, “Monya Rowe Heads to Orchard St.”, The Huffington Post, Aug 27

Saltz Jerry, “What Our Critics Are Anticipating This Fall”, NY Magazine, Aug 26

Cotter, Holland, “Ann Toebbe”, The Listings, The New York Times, June 14

The Huffington Post, “May Art Exhibits: 10 Must-See Shows This Month,” Editors Picks, May 1

Weinburg, Lauren, “Ann Toebbe at Ebersmoore”, Time Out Chicago, March 14

Picard, Caroline, “The Floor Gives Way”, Bad at Sports, March 16

Waxman, Lori, “Other Visions of Home at Elmhurst Art Museum”, The Chicago Tribune, March 7

Zevitas, Steven, “Must See Painting Shows: February,” New American Paintings, Feb 8


Steinhauer, Jillian, “The Women of Miami Project”, Hyperallergic, Dec 8

Russeth, Andrew, “Ann Toebbe’s Cut Paper Piece at Field Projects”, Gallerist NY, Sept 17

O’Shaughnessy, Tracy, “Art with a Little Pop”, Republican-American, July 24


Cavanaugh, Amy, “Ann Toebbe at MCA”, CBS Chicago, Oct 10

Browning, Laura M, “A Woman’s Work”, The Chicagoist, Nov 18

Critics Picks, “UBS 12 x 12 : Ann Toebbe”, Time Out Chicago, Nov 6-12

Chu, Jeff, “Take Monday Off: Chicago”, The Wall Street Journal, Oct 15-16

Browning, Laura M., “Kitchen Goddess”, Sheridan Road Magazine, Oct/Nov

Ise, Claudine, “Critics Picks: Chicago”, Arts Ltd., Sept./Oct

New American Painting, jurors pick, Issue 95

Quinn, Bryony, “Ann Toebbe”, It’s Nice That, Issue #5


Banai, Nuit, “Ann Toebbe”, Art Forum, Dec

McQuaid, Kate, “Rooms with a View”, The Boston Globe, Sept 8

Editor’s picks, “Ann Toebbe: Housekeeping”, The Boston Globe, Aug


Cochran, Jessica, “Artists You Should Know”, CS Interiors, Sept

Featured Artist in Ppgalerie, Ppaper Magazine, Taiwan, Aug

Interview with Vincent Wilkie on diskodursko.com, March 23


Neyenesch, Cassandra, “Grandma” The Brooklyn Rail, Sept

White, Amy, “Divine Offerings in Two Shows at Branch Gallery”, INDYweek, May 28

Herald Sun, “At Branch Gallery, essays on spaces and sounds”, May 18


Waxman, Lori, “Ann Toebbe”, Artforum.com, Nov

Camillieri, Julien, Ann Toebbe, “Stained Glass”, New City Chicago, Nov 1

New American Painting, featured artist, Issue 71

Birke, Judy, “Haskins’ artists find enriching inspiration in tops of tables”, New Haven Register, July 29


Laemoa, Stephanie, “Critics Picks”, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec

Asper, Colleen, “The Idea of Death is Tormenting Me”, Beautiful Decay, Issue O


McQuaid, Joyce, “In a group show, artists embrace a faux naïve style”, TheBoston Globe, July 29

Korotin, Joyce, “Drama Romance Loneliness at Massimo Audiello”, The New York

Artworld.com, Feb


Cincinnati Enquirer, Critics Picks, May 30 and June 6

City Beat, “Look Here! Art, Artists, etc”, Vol 9, Issue 34 July 2-8



Vermont Studio Center Fellow


The Ragdale Foundation, Painting Fellow


Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship


Pilchuck AIR


Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture


Chautauqua School of Art, Sculpture


Chautauqua School of Art, Sculpture

Adjunct Teaching and Visiting Artist


Beginning Painting, Northwestern University, Winter and Spring Quarter

Connect Talk, The Art Institute of Chicago

Strategies in Representation, Columbia College Chicago, Fall

Visiting Critic, Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua Institution, Summer

Contemporary Issues in Painting, Columbia College Chicago


Painting Strategies, Columbia College Chicago


Basic Drawing, Columbia College Chicago

Graduate Seminar, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago


Basic Drawing, Columbia College, Chicago

Visiting Artist and MFA Catalog Essayist, Indiana University, Bloomington


Basic Drawing, Columbia College, Chicago

Basic Painting, Northwestern University, Chicago


Multi-Level Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall


Basic Drawing, Northwestern University

Drawing for Exercise, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Visual Language, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago