Born in Richmond Virginia, Tess Michalik moved to Indianapolis as a teenager. She received her BFA from Herron School of Art in 2010 and in 2014 her MFA from Northern Illinois University. Michalik has participated in group shows in regional institutions and universities including the Maclean County Art Center in Bloomington, IL and Harper College in Palatine, IL. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at contemporary art fairs with Lisa Kehler Art + Projects. In 2018 Michalik exhibited work in the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, Canada in the exhibition Organic, her paintings were exhibited beside pieces from the museum's Decorative Arts collection. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.