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Drawing is the bedrock of my creative practice. I'm very flexible, and enjoy working in a variety of visual styles. I'm also probably better known as an installation artist, painter, and mixed-media object maker rather than an illustrator. I can basically draw or render just about anything, and work with a wide variety of media and materials, including digital media. Please check out both my ceramic art for sale at Etsy, store name SeaShellCeramics, and my product line at cafepress.com/melstang. For other inquiries, please contact me. Thanks!
2011 Drawings and Paintings
Tile drawings 2013-2014
Note: My resume is primarily that of a working visual artist listing exhibitions, grants, critical writing, and reviews of my work. My freelance illustration experience includes projects for children's books, murals, T-shirt designs, images for brochures and business cards, promotional images for musicians, and limited edition fashion accessories such as purses and cosmetic bags. Please contact me for more specific information. Grants/Fellowships/Awards: 2012 Minnesota State Arts board Artist Initiative Grant 2011 Finalist, The McKnight Foundation Fellowships, MN 2011 Juror's Award, 'Eco Byway', St. John's University, MN 2009 The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ 2009 The Artist’s Fellowship, New York, NY 2008 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships, New York , NY 2006 Jerome Travel and Study Grant, Jerome Foundation, St. Paul, MN 2004 Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant, St.Paul, MN 2004 Semifinalist, Mural Commission, Brooklyn Park Public Library, MN 2001 Jerome Travel and Study Grant, Jerome Foundation, St. Paul, MN 2001 Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, St.Paul, MN 1999 Finalist, Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists, 1996 First Honors, Minnesota State Fair Exhibition, St.Paul, MN 1996 Emerging Artist Research and Development Stipend, FORECAST Public Artworks 1995 Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, MN 1988 Professional Development Grant, Center for Arts Criticism, MN 1987 Professional Development Grant, Center for Arts Criticism, MN Exhibitions: 2011 "Eco Byway", St. Johns College, MN 2011 Featured Artist, Art and Science Collaboration Inc, ASCI.com, NY 2011 Featured Artist, Blue Ocean Institute, blueocean.org, NY 2009 "Fish Food", Frogtown Artist Cooperative, St.Paul, MN 2008 “Garbage School”, Frogtown Artist Cooperative, St.Paul, MN 2008 “Nuestra Frida (Our Frida)” group show organized by Latino Artist Collective Grupo Soap del Corazon and Art Jones Gallery, MN. 2007 “Phone People”, Gallery Co, Minneapolis, MN 2007 “Bird x Bird”, group show, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN 2006 “Bird x Bird”, group show, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN 2005 “Four Installations”, 801 Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2005 “Bird x Bird”, group show, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN 2001 “Repetitive Motion”, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN 2001 “Homo domesticus”, Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2001 “Snakes on Plates”, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN 2000 “From The Real Life Drawing Co-Op..”, Tyler Street Gallery, MN 2000 “The Card Project”, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN 1999 “New French Bar and Hardware”, New French Cafe, Minneapolis, MN 1999 “Meeting My Personal Manufacturing Quota (Or, Nearly Everything I’ve Made From 1998 to Present)”, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN 1998 “Rifle Sport Revisited”, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN 1998 “Melissaland”, Occupied Space, Minneapolis, MN 1997 “Melissa Stang/Nancy Robbinson”, Flanders Contemporary Art, MN 1997 The Blackshire Stables Mural, Hastings, MN, through FORECAST Public Artworks 1996 “Other Realities”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN 1996 “Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition”, St. Paul, MN 1995 “Melissa Stang Still Makes Large Colorful Paintings (Lots of Drawings Too) Occupied Space, Minneapolis, MN 1992 “Unity through Diversity”, ART I FEX Alternative Museum, MN 1992 “WARM’s 13th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design 1990 “Geography Lesson”, Wilensky Arts, Minneapolis, MN 1988 “Underground Art Event”, 310 Studios, Minneapolis, MN 1987 “Minnesota Women ‘87”, WARM Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 1986 “Four Minnesota Artists”, Rifle Sport Alternative Gallery, MN 1984 “Nancy Kahlow/ Melissa Stang”, St. Paul Art Collective’s Wall Street Gallery, MN