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Bio

EDUCATION

2000
MFA The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

1996
BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2000
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

1994-5
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, IL, Solar Anvil

2012
The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Trail

2011
Elmhurst Museum of Art, Elmhurst, IL Tangled Grounds

2009
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, A Wildness of Edges

2008
VONZWECK, Chicago, IL Germinator

2007
Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL Brittle Flow

2006
Van Harrison Gallery, New York, NY. Groundcover, Shapeshifter
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. Observatory

2005
Van Harrison Gallery, Chicago, IL. In the Shallows  

2004
Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL. Hive Minds and Other Drawings

2002
Standard Gallery, Chicago, IL. Extra Terrestrial,

2001
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. part of the series 12×12: New Artists, New Work

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA, Duck Show LA, organized by Ryan Travis Christian
Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL, The Crust Lies Over the Mantle, two person exhibition with Claire Hedden

2014
Folioleaf Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Inaugural Exhibition

2013
Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago, IL, The Wheelhouse (screening), curated by Leslie Baum
SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM , System Preferences
Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY, The Flat Files Year One
Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY Angular Seduction

2012
POVevolving, Los Angeles, CA, Where My Cones At, organized by Ryan Travis Christian
65 Grand, Chicago, IL, New Formalisms 2, curated by Abraham Ritchie
Journey’s End, Cape Elizabeth, ME, Project 0012: an exhibition of current and former Skowhegan residents, organized by Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan
Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL  Living By Example
Select Fair Video Program, Miami, FL

2011
Performa 2011, and NADA Hudson, with A Philip von Zweck project via Invisible-Exports
FFDG, San Francisco, CA, West, Wester, Westest
Ebersmoore Gallery, Chicago, IL, Ah,Wilderness
MDW fair, Chicago, IL, with Chicago Art Review presents a project by Philip von Zweck

2010
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Informal Relations
The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, Cut Paste
School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Playing Fields
Soloway gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Parts and Labor
The Dependent fair, New York, NY, with Soloway gallery
Fountain Studios, Brooklyn, NY, IAAFBJHMJNMOMRSATSW
OQBO Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Where There Is
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, Painters Paintings

2009
Proof Gallery, Boston, MA, Streaking, two person exhibition with Carrie Gundersdorf
Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, On Paper  (catalogue)
Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert, MI
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL Of or relating to the sky or visible heavens
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, Contemporary Painting

2008
The Barn, Chicago, IL VONZWECK at The Barn
Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago, IL Paper Love
NEXT fair, Chicago, IL. with Western Exhibitions

2007
Lemberg gallery, Ferndale, MI. Thinking in Color, curated by Judy Ledgerwood
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. Printed Space
MN Gallery, Chicago, IL. Tendency To Pile
Ai Gallery, Chicago, IL. Femmes Forces

2006
Skestos-Gabriele, Chicago, IL. Paper
The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR. with Western Exhibitions
Aqua Fair, Miami, FL. with Western Exhibitions
NIU gallery, Chicago, IL. Strange Fictions
Mclean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL. Exposed: Visioning the Invisible Body  

2005
Mixture Contemporary, Houston, TX  Into the Midst curated by Scott Wolniak
Art Chicago, Chicago, IL. with Van Harrison Gallery and The
Drawing Project
Van Harrison Gallery, Chicago, IL. The 4-color pen show
Peeler Gallery Depauw University, Greencastle, IN. Depauw Biennial: Contemporary Art in the Midwest
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Faculty Biennial
Tarble Gallery, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. Strange Fictions

2004
Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WI.  Mental Space
NADA Fair, Miami, FL. with Van Harrison Gallery
The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR.  with Van Harrison Gallery
Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Illinois Women Artists,
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal IL. Faculty Drawing Show
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL. Lucky Thirteen
Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL. Brain/Body  

2003
Schopf Gallery on Lake, Chicago IL. Pyramid Scheme
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL. Hysterical Pastoral
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Faculty Biennial
Gallery 312, Chicago, IL. Really Real

2002
The Stray Show, Chicago, IL with Destroyer, inc.,
Joymore gallery, Chicago, IL. Realm of the Lair

2001
Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL. Serendipity
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. Compound Fracture
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD. Winners Circle

2000
Gallery 400, Chicago, IL. Hypothesis, MFA thesis exhibition
The Altman Building, Penn Station, The Bronx Zoo, New York, NY Union
Station, Navy Pier, Thompson Center, Chicago, IL, The Art of Wega, traveling exhibition on organized by GenArt
The International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL. Organic Produce  

1999
Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago , IL. Cathouse  

1998
The Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL. Lowest Common Denominator
Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago, IL. Burned, Fried, and Set Aside: The Meat Show

 

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS, GRANTS

2013
National Park Service Artist-in-Residence, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
College Outstanding Researcher Award, College of Fine Arts
Illinois State University

2011
Artists Residency, Harold Arts, Chesterhill, OH

2010
Artists Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute
Faculty Research Grant, Illinois State University

2008
Santa Fe Art Institute Fellowship and Artists Residency
Artists Residency, Schloss Plüschow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Pre-Tenured Faculty Research Grant, Illinois State University

2007
College Outstanding Researcher Award, College of Fine Arts
Illinois State University

2006
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship and Residency
University Research Grant, Illinois State University

2005
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship

2004
University Research Grant, Illinois State University

2000
Skowhegan Fellowship

1999
Union League Civic and Arts Association Scholarship

 

TEACHING AND TEACHING RELATED WORK

Presently, Associate Professor of Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2002-2008  
Assistant Professor of Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
also, Visiting Artist coordinator in 2007-8 and 2009-2013

2011
Visiting Artist Lecture and critiques, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Visiting Artist Lecture and critiques, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

2009
Visiting Artist Lecture and critiques, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Artist Lecture, in conjunction with exhibition On Paper, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

2008
Visiting Artist Lecture and critiques, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
Visiting Artist Lecture and critiques, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

2007
Panelist, discussion on the exhibition “Thinking in Color” with Judy Ledgerwood,
Pamela Fraser, and Anna Kunz, moderated by Michael Stone-Richards, Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI

2005
Panelist, Round table discussion on the exhibition “Interested Painting”, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago

2003
Visiting Artist Lecture and critiques, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2002
Adjunct Faculty, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Spring
Instructor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall

2000-2002
Graphic Designer, Spertus Museum, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL

1996-2001
Book Conservator, Asher Library, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago IL

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Megan Horst-Hatch, “Best Up-And-Coming Artists In Chicago,”
www.cbslocal.com  (July 23, 2012)
Kim Harty, “Trailing Through the Psychedelic,” F newsmagazine (August 11, 2012)
Claudine Isé, “Still, yet, else, further, again’: Be patient, and the art will come,” Chicago Tribune (May 30, 2012):
Lauren Sampson, “Review: Melissa Oresky/Hyde Park Art Center” New City (May 15, 2012)
Kendra Paitz, “And Soon the Tree Which Moves the Branch” catalogue essay for ‘Trail’ at the Hyde Park Art Center (May, 2012)
Chris Miller, “Review: New Formalisms 2/65 Grand,” New City (January 31, 2012)
Sarrita Hunn, Ruptures at Hoffman Lachance contemporary,
Temporary Art Review, May 2011
Christian, Studio Visit , Beautiful Decay Magazine (online) April, 2010
http://beautifuldecay.com/2010/04/29/melissa-oresky/
Christopher Lowrance, Interview with Melissa Oresky, MW Capacity blog , Feb. 2010
http://mwcapacity.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/q-a-with-melissa-oresky/
Steve Ruiz, Melissa Oresky@Western Exhibitions, Chicago Art Review, Nov. 2009
http://chicagoartreview.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/melissa-oresky-western-exhibitions/
Lori Waxman, On Paper, catalogue essay, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL Interview, Santa Fe Radio Café,  11/20/2008, KSFR radio, Santa Fe, NM
New American Paintings, Vol. 77, 9/2008
Bert Stabler, Critic’s Choice, Chicago Reader 3/29/2007
Amber Drea,“ Its Only in Your Head” UR Chicago magazine, Feb. 2007
Audrey Mast, Flavorpill CHI, Issue 129, March 6, 2007
Alan G. Artner, “Visions of the future in gallery’s farewell show.”
Chicago Tribune.  April 21, 2006, Section 7: page 27.
Terrence Hannum,  “In The Shallows” Melissa Oresky @ Van Harrison Gallery, 1/2005   www.panel-house.com Paul Klein, Art Letter (12/15/04,) www.artletter.com
New American Paintings, Book #59, 9/2006 also Book #35, 9/2002
Published image, Bridge Magazine, Realm of the Lair, Issue 7-8, October, 2003
Scott Speh, “Realm of the Lair” Bridge Magazine online, 11/2002
Kristen Vandeventer, Chicago , Contemporary, June/July/August 2002
Dominic Molon, “Before and After Science” essay to accompany exhibition, 12 x12, New Artists, New Work
“Fleshed Out,”  UR Chicago June-July 2000 page 21

 

PROJECTS AND EDITIONS

2013
Collage-on-Demand, Performance, The Franklin, Chicago IL , proceeds benefitting the Letha Rodman-Melchior Cancer fund
New Sounds, Video/Music performance with Zak Boerger, University Galleries, Normal IL

2012
Forest Noise, Four color Silkscreen on unique collages,
edition of 15 by Kayrock Screenprinting, Brooklyn, NY

2010
Where and Where accordion book, with poet Becka Mckay

2009
Mineral Fabric, 100 silkscreened books editioned by Kayrock Screenprinting, Brooklyn, NY

2007
Exchange, book project by Philip von Zweck, 2007