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Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY




2000    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1999    Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, MFA Painting and Printmaking

1996    Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, BFA Printmaking


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions


Derek Eller Gallery, New York (forthcoming)



Two person show with Jaime Bull, curated by Katie Geha, Dodd Galleries, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (forthcoming)



Between States, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Going AWOL, Patrick Brennan and Melissa Brown, Biggins Gallery at Auburn University, Auburn, AL



The Journal, Tennis Elbow, Brooklyn, NY



Money Shots, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, PR

Past Present Future, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

Future Past, Big Medium for Print Austin, Austin, TX



Eye in The Sky Hold 'Em, NADA Special Project, Basketball City, New York, NY

Four Play, Essex Flowers, New York, NY



Eye in the Sky Hold Em, Where, Brooklyn, NY



Solo Booth, Untitled, Fred Giampietro, Miami, FL

Gertrudes Nose, Fred Giampietro, New Haven, CT



Kings Park, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Palisades, Kansas Gallery, New York, NY



Dotto Lotto, CRLab at Winkleman curated by Julie Chae, New York, NY



Paper Fortune, Canada, New York, NY



5 Artist Shows, Kenny Schachter, Rove Projects, London, England



Smokin’ Mirrors, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Select Group Exhibitions


All of Them Witches, curated by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA



GARDEN, Shrine, New York, NY

Still Looking: A Still Life Show, Artual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Flash and Fantasy, curated by Kenneth Heyne, Marvin Gardens, Ridgewood, NY

Bed, curated by David Humphrey and Kate Javens, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

The Pictionary Individual, organized by Peter Harkawik, Real Pain Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA



Face Off, curated by Caroline Larson, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Hedonist, curated by Irena Jurek, Asya Geidberg Gallery, New York, NY

Spring Break Art Show, Black Room, curated by Emily Davidson and Samantha Strand

Show Your Hand, Small Editions, Brooklyn, New York



Genesis Belanger, Melissa Brown, Roy DeForest, Mimi Gross, Curated by Dan Nadel, Derek Eller, New York, NY

pls reply: a conversation between sculpture and movement, curated by Emily Sussman and Jane Korn, New York, NY

Drawing Island, the Journal, Brooklyn, New York



Goulding The Lolly, curated by Brian Belott, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY

Booby Trap, The Hole, New York, NY

Summer Flats, Shrine, New York, NY

So Much, So Little, All at Once Regina Rex, New York, NY

Liquid Pictures: Lea Beeferman, Melissa Brown, Erica Magrey, Adam Shecter, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY



Providence, Fracas psychédélique en Nouvelle-Angleterre, Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, France

Anderson's Hidden Game, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

Mons Dew, Mass Gallery, Austin, TX



Its a Force not a Curvature curated by Ryan Schneider, Novella Gallery, New York, NY

Heart's Gymnastics curated by Yevgenia Baras, Outpost Artist Resources, Brooklyn, NY

Freak Furniture Fan Club, Bright Lyons, Brooklyn NY



Draw Gym curated by Brian Belott, 247365, Brooklyn, NY

Morphology of the Print, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Home Screen, Petrella’s Imports at Suzanne Geiss Co. New York, NY

Bathers, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Strange Natures, Institute Library, New Haven, CT

Land Ho! Curated by Ridley Howard and Holly Coulis, VCU Art Gallery, Richmond, VA

Value Added: Artist’s Perspectives on the Meaning of Worth, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Terra Incognita, A.D. Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke



Pig Party curated by Gina Beavers, New York City Gallery, New York, NY

B-Out curated by Scott Hug, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

Centaurs and Satyrs, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY

Ctrl+P curated by Kristina Bilonick and Julie Chae, Arlington Arts Center, VA

Chromochosm, Fred Giampetto, New Haven, CT



NADA Hudson (Outdoor Sculpture Collaboration for CANADA), Hudson, N

Summer Salt curated by Ingrid Dinter, The Proposition, New York, NY

Free Play, Kansas, New York, NY

Gumption, ZieherSmith, New York, NY

Paper A-Z, Sue Scott, New York, NY

Dadareah, CANADA, New York, NY



Nada Art Fair, Bas Fischer Invitational, Miami, FL

Dadareaha, OWWOW, Miami, FL

Mutant Pop and The Living Image curated by Dearraindrop, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden



Melissa Brown and Mat Brinkman curated by Picturebox Inc., M + B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Wild Feature curated by Brian Belott, Zurcher Studio, New York, NY



LOTTO 6/49, The Other Gallery, The Banff Center, Banff, Canada

Badlands curated by Denise Markonish, Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA



In Full Cry curated by Taylor McKimens and Matt Leines, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA Rearview curated by Eric Shiner, Freight and Volume, New York, NY Performa Biennial, Time Booth, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NYNew Mutants curated by Dan Nadel, CANADA, New York, NY



Chop Logic, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY

Searching For Love and Fire curated by Brendan Cass, David Castillo, Miami, FL

Interstate, High Dessert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, New Mexico; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY



The Most Splendid Apocalypse curated by Jason Murison, P.P.O.W., New York, NY

Epic, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY

New York’s Finest curated by Wallace Whitney and Brendan Cass, CANADA, New York, NY



Two Person Exhibition, Mixture Fine Art, Houston, TX

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? curated by Katherine Bernhardt, Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Hello Chelsea, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY

Rowdy Remix, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

Beat The Reaper! curated by Joe Bradley, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA

Baby You Can’t Drive My Car curated by Kenny Schachter, Cooper Classics, New York, NY



Terrarium curated by Carl Eckford, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

Escape From New York curated by Jason Murison, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

Art Band curated by Kenny Schachter, Capitale, New York, NY



Black Out, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA



Looking for Mr. Fluxus curated by Grady Turner, Art In General, New York, NY



Visiting Artist (Lectures, Presentations, Critiques)


2016    Visiting Artist Lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    “Printmakerly Painting”, Round Table Discussion, Southern Graphics Council, Portland


2015    Visiting Artist Lecture, Alfred University, Rochester, NY

2013    Visiting Artist Lecture, Parsons, New York, NY

2013     Visiting Artist Lecture, Pace University, New York, NY

2012    Visiting Artist Lecture, Williams College Art Department

    Visiting Artist Lecture, MICA Mt. Royal Program

2011    Visiting Critic, Massachusetts College of Art, Painting Program

2009    Visiting Critic, Rhode Island School of Design, Printmaking Department


Curatorial Projects


2016-Present Organizing Member of Essex Flowers Gallery, New York, NY

2016    Casino Cabaret, Safe Gallery, Performances and Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

2015    Eye In The Sky Hold ‘Em / Four Play, a series of poker games played for art and an         exhibition of wagered artworks, New York, NY

2010    The Craft, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

2006    Action Adventure with Michael Williams and Josh Klein, CANADA, New York, NY


Performances and Screenings


2017    “Bagomancy, with Josie the Bag” Nada Presents, Nada, NY

2016    “Bagomancy” Predictive Performance, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

2015    “Eye In The Sky Hold ‘Em” NADA Special Program in collaboration with Where

2014    “Far From Now”, Regina Rex, New York, NY

    “Video Screening” Curated by Patrick Brennan, Susan Inglett, New York, NY

    “The Magic Floot” Animation Screening Tomato House

2009    “How to Win the Lottery”, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada

2008    “The Tabloid Deck”, Nada Art Fair, Miami, FL

    “How To Predict the Future”, Lisa Cooley, New York, NY

    “Card Counting” Part of Milk the Weasel, Pull the Rug, Sculpture Center, Long Island         City, NY

2007    “How To Win the Lottery”, Artist Space Blue Room, New York, NY



Awards / Residencies    


2018    The Fountainhead, Miami, Florida

2016    City University of New York Project Grant

2014    City University of New York Project Grant

2012    Awarded Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painting

    City University of New York Project Grant
2011    City University of New York Project Grant

2010    Islip Museum In Process Residency

2008    Banff Center Thematic Residency and Fellowship

    Shuster Award, City Universities of New York

    Islip Art Museum Carriage House Residency

2005    Nominated Tiffany Foundation Grant

2002    Project Honorarium, Art in General, New York

1999    Project Grant, Yale University Digital Media Center

1998    Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio School


Selected Bibliography


2018    “Melissa Brown, Rules of the Game” by Sarah Hanely, Art in Print

2016    “Going Behind Time: Melissa Brown at Magenta Plains” Revier SFAQ/NYAQ/AQ International Arts and Culture July 20, 2016 by Nicole Kaack

“Goulding the Lolly at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise” Art in America, July 2016 by Julia Wolkoff

“Animations that Show Their Material Roots”  February 16, 2016 Rob Colvin

“Melissa Brown at Big Medium”  February 10, 2016, Brandon Zech

“Melissa Brown: Future Past” at Big Medium the Austin Chronical February 5, 2016   Author: Seth Orion Schwaiger


2015    “Whitehot New Painting: Melissa Brown” WhiteHot             November 2015 by Irena Jurek

    “Mons Dew at MASS Gallery, Austin” October 16 2015 by Brandon Zech

    “NADA Art Fair Opens Audience Access, Not Floodgates, Through Digital” May 14,        Forbes by Katheryn Thayer

    “The Stakes are High at Nada” May 15, 2015 The Art Newspaper

    “Nada New York Announces Special Projects and Programming, From a Canine

    Performance to a Poker Tournament” May 1, 2015 Art News by Andrew Russeth

    “Nada New York Opens with Gambling, Canine Artists, and at Least One Slurpee” May        15, 2015 Art News by John Chiaverina and Hannah Ghorashi

    “Emerging Artists Hang with Top Collectors at Nada’s Best Edition Yet” May 15, 2015         Artsy Editorial by Molly Gottschalk


2015     “Cloud Galleries: The Rise of the Virtual Art Establishment”, Huffington Post July 7, 2014     By Rachel Mason

    “Gutsy Artists :Outpost’s Heart Gymnastics”, HYPERALLERGIC, June 3, 2014 By         Howard Hurst


2013    “BLNK: Petrellas Imports”, Author Matthew Leifheit on April 16, 2013

2012    “Palisades”, Art In America, Author: David Greenberg, May 2012 pg 172-73

    “Reviews” Modern Painters, Melissa Brown, May 2012 pg 75

    “Palisades”, Critical, March 2012 Author: Ryan Steadman

    “Getting Down with Melissa Brown”,, March 2012, Author: Charlie Finch

     “Interview with Melissa Brown”, Beautiful, March 2012, Author: Bill Donovan


2011    “Connecting the Dotts at Winkleman Gallery”, September 26, 2011

    Author: Howard Hurst

    “Melissa Brown on Dadarea, Philosophy,  And her Mixed Media Art at Beautiful Decay,         Studio Visit”, Huffington Post , Arts, March 3, 2011Author: Bill Donovan


2009    “Melissa Brown, Paper Fortune” Time Out New York, June 25-July 1 2009 Author:         Michael Wilson


2008    “Studio Visit: Melissa Brown” Time Out New York, October 9, 2008 Author: T.J. Carlin

    “Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape”,, September 2008 Author: Jeffery     Kastner

    “the Journal”, Time Booth, Interview with Melissa Brown, Spring 2008


2006    “From California to the New York Island”, Artforum, May 2006 Author: Michael Ned Holt     “Art in Review” New York Times, March 7, 2008 Author: Roberta Smith


1999    "Towering Billboard, a Calculated Artistic Prank"  New Haven Register December 8,         1999, Author: Edward Crowder



Public Collections


The Whitney Museum of American Art

New York City Department of Education



Melissa Brown is a tenured Associate Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York