MELISSA STEPHENS

 

EDUCATION

2019        Encaustic & Oil Paint, Willow Bader, Seattle, WA

                Beginner Wheel Throwing, Happy Life Pottery, Benicia, CA

2018        15th Annual International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA – Cold Wax, Wax Pours, Aqua-dispersion, Social Media &                          Business Savvy

2016        Wax Works West, Corralville, CA – 3D Encaustic Painting

2011         Mixed Media with Beeswax, Janet Nechama Miller, Seattle, WA

2010        NW Encaustic Center, Seattle, WA – Photo Encaustic & Encaustic Painting

2008        Highland Gallery, Melbourne, FL – Acrylic Painting                                                     

2003        Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN - Handset Letterpress

2001        Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN - Intaglio Printing

1995        Barbara Harmon Studios, Minneapolis, MN - Beginning Monoprinting

1994        Below the Surface Artelier, Avenue, Minneapolis, MN – Hand-set Letterpress & Intaglio Printing

1993        BA in Fine Arts, Cornell College, Mt.Vernon, IA

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020        Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA “Featured Artist”        

2019        Olson Realty Office, Benicia, CA “Arts Benicia Presents”

2018        East Bay Municipal Utility District Gallery, Oakland, CA
                “Stories & Traditions: The Art of Communication”

2017        Kanishka’s Indian Gastro Pub, Walnut Creek, CA

2016        Kanishka’s Indian Gastro Pub, Walnut Creek, CA

 

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2020        Bedford Art Museum, Walnut Creek, CA “Birds, Nest, Nature”
                Jurors: Jeffrey DeBlois, Asst. Curator, ICA Boston & Rebecca Lowery, Asst. Curator, MOCA LA
                Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA “Flux: Wax in All Forms”
                Juror: Sara Post, Artist
                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “SFWA Online Benefit Auction”
                Juror: Matt McKinley, McKinley Art Solutions
                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Hidden Figures”
                Juror: Judy Shintani, Narrator of Culture, Artist

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Out of the Box”

                Juror: Annette Schutz, Gallerist, Arthaus + Consulting
                Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA “Wintermission”
                Jurors: Paula Boas, Artist & Nancy Meaden, Artist

2019        San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “What I Love”
                Juror: Jennifer Perlmutter, Owner, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

                Juror: Suzanne Gray, Art Consultant, Co-Owner Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley

                Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA “Survey of Contemporary Encaustic

                Juror: Mat Gleason, Art Critic & Curator

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “World of Abstract," San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San                                Francisco, CA “World of Abstractions”
                Juror: Anne Herbst, Artist & Owner Far Out Gallery

2018        Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA “Wintermission”
                Jurors: Paula Boas, Artist & Nancy Meaden, Artist
                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Small Presents”
                Juror: Shelley Barry, Art Consultant & Curator Slate Art
                Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA “Art’s Up”

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Gaia”
                Juror: Kim Anno, Artist & Activist

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “What Brings Us Joy”
                Juror: Rhiannon MacFadden, Curator & Consultant SF Project Based Artists

                Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA “Bay Area Life”
                Juror: Emma Acker, Assistant Curator de Young Museum

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Homage”

                Juror: Priscilla Otani, Artist, Co-Founder Arc Studios & Gallery

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Eye of the Beholder”

                Juror: Carol Newborg, Artist & Prison Art Program Manager & Exhibit Organizer

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Discover”
                Juror: Anne Herbst, Artist, Founder, Director, Curator Far Out Gallery, San Francisco

2017        ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA “Boundaries & Balance”
                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Small Presence”
                Juror: Mayumi Hamanaka

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Reflection”
                Juror: Stephen C. Wagner, Artist, Art Instructor, Gallerist

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “All Botanical”
                Juror: Nancy Toomey, Nancy Toomey Fine Art Gallery

                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Celebrating Her”

                Juror: Priscilla Otani, Artist, Co-Founder Arc Studios & Gallery

                Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA “Art, Naturally”

2015        Woodbridge, Acampo, CA “Lodi Community Art Center 55th Spring Art Show”

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020        East Bay Open Studios, Walnut Creek, CA

                Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA “Art of a Community”
                San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
                Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2019        Sara Lisch Gallery, Berkeley, CA “Perceptions: Uno, Duo, Trio”

                Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA        

                Infinity Towers, San Francisco, CA

2018        Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2017        Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2016        Center for Community Arts, Walnut Creek, CA “Handcrafted Holiday Sale”

2015        Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA “Rhapsody” & “Kaleidoscope”        

COMMISSIONS

2020        St. Louis, MO “Keene Valley,” 24 x 60 inch diptych

2019        Walnut Creek, CA “Beyond the Hill,” 18 x 24 inch diptych

2014        Seattle, WA “Blue Heron” & “Seascape,” 3 x 5 inches each

ARTICLES

2020        Local News Matters, article by Gina Gotsill

LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS

2019 - Present, Encaustic Teacher, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA

Instructor. Teach encaustic techniques through demonstration and instruction to students.

2017 - Present, “Art In A Suitcase,” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Volunteer. Present one-hour art workshops in public school classrooms in the Contra Costa area

2016 – Present, Encaustic Class Instructor, Walnut Creek, CA

Self-employed studio instructor of individual and group lessons for encaustic history, safety, and techniques. Hands-on assistance and studio experience. Classroom size doubled in two years.

2016 – Present, San Francisco Women’s Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Installation Assistant, Encaustic Demonstrations, Volunteer

2015 – Present, Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Board Member, Vice President,Social Media Coordinator, Sales & Installation Assistant, Volunteer

2015 – 2018, Walnut Creek Intermediate School, Walnut Creek, CA

Classroom Art Instructor. Teach Spanish students about Mexican art, traditions and hand crafts during Los Dias de los Muertos. Assisted by 7th & 8th Grade Spanish teachers and volunteer parents.

2015 Parkmead Elementary School, Walnut Creek, CA 

Classroom Art Instructor: Teach students about artists and instruct using varied media each week, for special occasions and school auctions. Sessions requested by students and teachers, and are in addition to the art classes that students receive at school.

 

 

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