BIOGRAPHY:

Melissa Cowper-Smith 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 "The 60th Annual Delta Exhibition" at the Arkansas Arts Center (2018)"Traces Remain" at Rockford University Museum, Rockford, IL (2018), The 2018 Small Works on Paper Touring Exhibition (Arkansas Arts Council),  "Shelter In Place" at the Laman Public Library Gallery Little Rock, AR (2017), and "Dawn Holder + Melissa Cowper-Smith: Traces Remain" at Historic Arkansas Museum (2017). Melissa 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.  In 2013, she founded a second all-female art collective, Culture Shock, based in Arkansas. In addition to making art, Melissa grows fibers, food, and flowers on her farm, Wildland Gardens. She teaches at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the recipient of the 2018 Polly Crews Scholarship from the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She was awarded a 2018 Individual Artists Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council. 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. 

 

EDUCATION:

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

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

 AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS:

2018             Individual Artists Fellowship, Arkansas Arts Council           

2018            Polly Wood Crews Scholarship, Arkansas Committee of NMWA

2018             Executive Director Fund, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

2015             Horn Scholarship, 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

1999            Presidents Scholarship, University of Victoria

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018 Traces Remain, Rockford University Art Gallery, Rockford, IL, March 23- April 20

2017 Traces Remain (with Dawn Holder), Trinity Gallery, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR May- August

2015 Fleeting Gardens, Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, Batesville, AR, March-April

2012 These Trees (with Julia Whitney Barnes), Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012 These Trees, (with Julia Whitney Barnes), Hendrix College Art Gallery, Conway, AR

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 60th Annual Delta Exhibition, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 25  August 26

2018 Art of the Heirloom, National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa, California, September

2018 Fascination (with members of Culture Shock), Laman Library Gallery, North Little Rock, AR, June 15- July 11

2018             Small Works on Paper, Touring exhibition, Organized by the Arkansas Arts Council,  Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Harding University, Arkansas Tech University, Community Creative Center,  University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, The Arts Center of the Grand Prairie,  Henderson State University, Batesville Area Arts Council (Gallery on Main), DeltaARTS and Arkansas State University Mid-South , January 2018-Novemeber 2018.

2017 Shelter In Place (with members of Culture Shock), William F. Laman Library Gallery, Little Rock, AR, September-October

2017 Nasty Women Gallery 1, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR, August

2017 Nasty Women, Russell Fine Arts Gallery, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR, March

2016 Shine Your Rubies, Hide Your Diamonds: Culture Shock, Concordia Gallery, Butler Center, Little Rock, AR

2016 Small Works on Paper, Touring exhibition, 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. January 2016-Novemeber

2015 Friends of BACC, Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, Batesville, AR

2015 Painting 360, Hendrix College, Conway AR

2015 57th Annual Delta Exhibition, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

2015 Art of the South, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

2015 Artists in our Midst, Rialto Gallery, Morrilton, AR

2015 Show & Tell Art Collective, Stephens Gallery, University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, AR

2015 Faculty Exhibition, Hendrix College Art Gallery A, Conway, AR

2014 Show & Tell Art Collective, Kresge Gallery, Batesville, AR

2014 Faculty Exhibition, Hendrix College Art Gallery A, Conway, AR

2014 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

2013 Papertrail, Asnuntuck Comminity College Gallery,  Enfield, CT

2012 Art of the Heirloom, National Heirloom Expo, Petaluma, CA

2011 Art of the Heirloom, National Traveling Exhibition, more info at www.seedlibrary.org

2011 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

2010 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

2009 First Exposure, Art-Bridge, NYC (print installed on West 23rd St, Btwn. 9th and 10th Ave)

2009 What Surrounds Us: Finding and Making Home, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, NYC

2009 Adelphi Authors and Artists, Swirbul Library Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

2009 I Heart Art, Work Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Visual Aids: Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, NYC

2008 Adelphi Faculty Exhibition, Adelphi University Center, Garden City, NY

2008 tART Summer Salon, Rabbit Hole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007 tART Spring Salon, 261 Broadway, NYC

2005 tART Fall Salon, 147 Bowery, NYC

2005 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)

2001 Medium Rare/Well Done, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada (catalogue)

2001 Collecting Identities, Fernwood Community Center, Victoria, BC, Canada

1999 Sacred and Profane Love Machine, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Victoria, Canada

 

PRESS

2018 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "Morrilton Artists Chosen for $4000 Fellowship", By Tammy Keith, Sept 24

2018 Only in Arkansas, "Nature in Art: Melissa Cowper-Smith", By Julie Kohl, August 7

2018 The Idle Class, The Artist Issue, "Artists We Love: Melissa Cowper-Smith", Pg. 49, Kody Ford, July 15

2018 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette- River Valley & Ozark Edition, "Area Artists Show Works in Annual Delta Exhibition", By Carol Rolf, June 24

2018 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette- River Valley & Ozark Edition, Front & Center, "Canadian Artist Finds Inspiration in Arkansas", by Tammy Keith, Photos by William Harvey, Sunday, January 21

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

2016 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette- River Valley & Ozark Edition, "Small Works on Paper", By Carol Rolf, January

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

2015 Arkansas Times, "2015 Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center" By Leslie Newell Peacock, July 15

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

2015 The Riverter, "Q&A with Melissa Cowper-Smith, Arkansas Farmer" By Bekah Hall, May 20

2013 Bronx Art Exchange, Interview and Review, by Jeffrey Guard, November

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

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

2014 No. Magazine, Issue #79, "Art Collectives: An Interview with Melissa Cowper-Smith" By Morgan Page

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

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

2010 Richmond Times Dispatch, "Road Art is Coming Saturday to a Billboard Near I-95", September 30 (Yet Another Roadside Attraction

2009 ArtBridge "Artists in Profile: Melissa Cowper-Smith", October

2009 Todd Kelly's Art Space, Profile: Melissa Cowper-Smith", March

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

2009 AMNY, March 20 (Art-Bridge)

2009 The Westsider, March 5 (Art-Bridge)

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

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

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

 

 RESIDENCIES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, June 25-30 2016Photo Encaustic: Luminous LayersTaught by K Rhynus Cesark

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

  

TEACHING

University of Central Arkansas, AR,  Drawing, Color, 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

 

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

EXHIBITIONS JURIED

2018 Arkansas Tech University, Student Competitive Exhibition

2015 Conway Artists League, Faulkner County Library 

EDITORIAL PROJECTS

tART Zine Vol.2, July 2010

tART Zine Vol.1, November 2007

 

RELATED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Curatorial: Juror, press release, invitations, post-card design and printing, opening/closing events, installation (lighting, mounting, hanging, signage) de-installation, gallery maintenance

  • Black Box Student Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, 2016, Juror

  • Conway League of Artists, Annual Salon, Conway Arkansas, 2015, Juror

  • Adelphi Student Exhibitions, 2006-2011, Organizer

  • Studio in a School Student Exhibitions, 2006-2010, Organizer

  • Luhring Augustine Gallery, NYC, 2005, Art Handler, Assistant Registrar

  • Max Protetch Gallery, NYC, 2006, Art Handler, Archivist, Media Designer

  • tART salon and silent auction, NYC (2005-2011), Organizer

  • Hunter College Times Square Gallery, NYC (2002-2005), Gallery Sitter

  • University of Victoria, Visual Arts Gallery, Victoria, BC (1998-2001), Curatorial work

  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC (2000), Curatorial work

Art handling: Packaging, shipping and storage: plastic, bubble wrap, cardboard, foam, wooden crates. Handling of paintings (including very large paintings), sculptures (glass, bronze, marble, wax, electronics…), photography and prints on paper, aluminum, fabric and plexi-glass.

  • Luhring Augustine Gallery, NYC (2005)

  • Max Protetch Gallery, NYC (2006)

  • Estate of Esteban Vicente, NYC (2006)

Digital archiving: Photography, Slide and transparency scanning, Color correction, Image adjustments (cropping, alignment, size, resolution), Set-up and maintenance of Database, Identifying works, Developing Catalogue Raisonne

  • Valerie Jaudon (Artist), NYC (2005)

  • Richard Kalina (Artist), NYC (2005)

  • Estate of Esteban Vicente, NYC (2006)

  • Max Protetch Gallery, NYC (2006)