BIOGRAPHY:

Melissa Cowper-Smith is a multimedia artist who uses projected video animation, digital printing, hand papermaking, collage, and painting to express memory, forgetting, and the passing of time. Her works depict natural and agricultural landscapes, objects, and domestic interiors. She has exhibited in several NYC galleries and in many other galleries and venues nationally. Recent exhibitions include "Traces Remain" at Historic Arkansas Museum (2017), "Culture Shock", at the Butler Center in Little Rock, AR (2016), "Fleeting Gardens", at the Batesville Area Arts Council in Batesville, AR (2015), "Art of the South" at the Hyde Gallery in Memphis, TN, (2015), and the "57th Annual Delta Exhibition" at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR. (2015). She is a founding member of tART, an all female art-collective based in New York City. Between 2006-2011 she exhibited her work with tART and in 2010 she edited tART zine vol. 2.  In 2013, she founded a second all-female art collective, Culture Shock, based in Arkansas. Melissa received a BFA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia before moving to New York City (2002-2011) to complete an MFA at Hunter College. In 2016 she received the Horn Scholarship to attend a papermaking course at the Penland School of Crafts.

EDUCATION:

M.F.A.                         2005                                  Hunter College, New York, NY

B.F.A. (honors)            2001                                  University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

 

RESIDENCIES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Pendland School of Craft, June 12-24 2016The Topography of Handmade Paper, Taught by Mary Hark

 

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS:

2015                       Horn Scholarship to attend The Penland School of Craft

2005                       Carolyn David Horowitz Memorial Fund, Hunter College

2001                        Helen Pitt Award, Vancouver Foundation

1999                        Pat Martin Bates Scholarship, University of Victoria Women’s Club

                     Presidents Scholarship, University of Victoria

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

Dawn Holder & Melissa Cowper-Smith: Traces Remain, Trinity Gallery, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR, May 12-August 6

Nasty Women, Russell Fine Arts Gallery, Henderson State University,  Arkadelphia, AR. March 

2016

Shine Your Rubies, Hide Your Diamonds: Culture Shock Art Collective, Butler Center, May-August, Little Rock AR

Painting 360, Butler Center, Little Rock, AR

Small Works on Paper, Touring exhibition January 2016-Novemeber 2016. Organized by the Arkansas Arts Council, Batesvillle Area Arts Council, Hendrix College, Arkansas Tech University, University of Arkansas Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Searcy Art Gallery, Delta Cultural Center, Art Center of the Grand Prairie, University of Arkansas Monticello, University of Arkansas Hope. 

2015

Painting 360, Hendrix College Art Gallery A, Conway, AR

57th Annual Delta Exhibition, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

Art of the South, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Artists in our Midst, Rialto Gallery, Morrilton, AR

Fleeting Gardens (solo show), Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, Batesville, AR

Show & Tell Art Collective, Stephens Gallery, University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, AR

Faculty Exhibition, Hendrix College Art Gallery A, Conway, AR

2014

Show & Tell Art Collective, Kresge Gallery, Batesville, AR

Faculty Exhibition, Hendrix College Art Gallery A, Conway, AR

66th River Valley Invitational, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AR

2013

Looking In/Looking Out, A Synthetic Zero Exhibition, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY

Papertrail, Asnuntuck Comminity College Gallery,  Enfield, CT           

2012

These Trees, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (two-person show)

These Trees, Hendrix College Art Gallery, Conway, AR

Art of the Heirloom, National Heirloom Expo, Petaluma, CA

2011

Art of the Heirloom, National Traveling Exhibition, more info at www.seedlibrary.org

Billboard Art Project: Nashville, The Billboard Art Project, Shown simultaneously on 4 LED billboards, Nashville TN

2010

tART @ A.I.R.: What’s in a Collective, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Yet Another Roadside Attraction, Richmond Billboard Project, LED billboard on Interstate I95, Richmond VA

2009

tART @ A.I.R., A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

First Exposure, Art-Bridge, NYC (print installed on scaffolding on West 23rd St, Btwn. 9th and 10th Ave)

What Surrounds Us: Finding and Making Home, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, NYC

Adelphi Authors and Artists, Swirbul Library Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

I Heart Art, Work Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Visual Aids: Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, NYC

2008                       

Adelphi Faculty Exhibition, Adelphi University Center, Garden City, NY

tART Summer Salon, Rabbit Hole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007

tART Spring Salon, 261 Broadway, NYC

2005                       

tART Fall Salon, 147 Bowery, NYC

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College, NYC (catalogue)

2003

Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, NYC

2001

Helen Pitt Triennial Awards Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC, (catalogue)

Medium Rare/Well Done, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada (catalogue)

Collecting Identities, Fernwood Community Center, Victoria, BC, Canada

1999                       

Sacred and Profane Love Machine, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Victoria, Canada

 

PRESS:

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette- River Valley & Ozark Edition, May 2016, Review by Carol Rolf (Shine Your Rubies, Hide Your Diamonds at the Concordia Gallery, Butler Center)

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette- River Valley & Ozark Edition, January 2016, Review by Carol Rolf (2016 Small Works on Paper)

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette- River Valley & Ozark Edition, July 2015, Review by Carol Rolf (57th Annual Delta Exhibition)

Arkansas Times, June 2015, Press for the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition

Number Inc, Issue #83, Summer 2015, Review by Carolyn Furnish (Delta 2015)

Bronx Art Exchange, Interview and Review, Nov. 2013, by Jeffrey Guard

Arkansas Life Magazine, August 2013, Pg. 14 Interview and commentary by Jordan Hickey (Image: American Heritage #8)

Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism, "Memory," Commentary by Dr. Jay McDaniel, Spring 2013

Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism, "Colors of the Past," Commentary by Dr. Jay McDaniel, October 2011

NY Art Beat, August 2010 (tART at A.I.R.)

Richmond Times Dispatch, Road Art is Coming Saturday to a billboard near I-195, September 30, 2010 (Yet Another Roadside Attraction)

The New York Times, City Beat Blog, March 27, 2009 (Art-Bridge)

AMNY, Mach 20, 2009 (Art-Bridge)

The WestsiderMarch 5, 2009 (Art-Bridge)

Time Out New York, February 12, 2009 (I heart Art/Work Gallery)

Black Book Magazine, July 3, 2008 (tART @ Rabbitholestudio)

AmpPower, amppower.blogspot.com, May 2005 (Blog/Review)

 

INTERVIEWS:

The Riveter, May 2015, Interview by Bekah Hall (Wildland Gardens)

Number Inc. Issue #79, Summer 2014, Interview by Morgan Page

ArtBridge, Artist in Profile, www.art-bridge.org/news/artist-in-profile-melissa-cowper-smith, October 2009

Todd Kelly’s Art Space, www.TKArtSpace.com/wordpress, March 2009

Adele Chong, Video Interview, Concordia University, March 2002

 

GUEST LECTURES:

Henderson State University, Arkedialphia, AR (2014)

Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY (2013)

Hendrix College, Conway, AR (2012)

Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY (2011)

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY (2008, 2011)

Brown University, Providence, RI (2008)

Hunter College, New York, NY (2006)

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC (2001)

University of Victoria Women’s Club, Victoria, BC (1999)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Culture Shock (formally The Show & Tell Art Collective) 2013-present

tART Collective, 2004-2011

College Art Association, 2005-present

 

EXHIBITIONS CURATED:

2012

(the)LAND, Black Box Student Gallery, UCA, Conway, AR

2001                       

Small Worlds, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

2000                       

Yellow Wallpaper, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Victoria, Canada

 

EDITORIAL PROJECTS

tART Zine Vol.2, July 2010

tART Zine Vol.1, November 2007

 

TEACHING

University of Central Arkansas, AR,  Drawing, Figure Drawing, 2D Design, 2011-present 

Hendrix College, AR, Drawing, Digital Art 2011- 2017

Adelphi University, NY Digital Art, 2006 – 2011

Studio in a School, NYC Graphic Design, Drawing, Painting, Assemblage 2006 – 2011

Essex County College, NJ Art Appreciation, Foundations 2005 – 2007