ARTIST STATEMENT

I am an immersive installation artist who uses painting, light, and video to create new participatory experiences that incorporate the viewer. I draw on my experience as a scenic artist in theater to achieve puzzling and striking visual effects. In many ways, my installations create a stage for viewers whose movement becomes an essential part of their experience.

My work speaks to the variety of ways a visual event can be experienced. Layers of paint and light build upon each other such that initial layers remain essential to the final image. A variety of gestures make themselves apparent in the work, but it is unclear where one ends and the other starts.

I am interested in how surfaces interact with light and aim to create ambiguity around the materiality of illusions. Thus, I examine the potential of materials to function in diverse ways by experimenting with the often-unanticipated behavior of substances to activate my surfaces.

My experiments with design originate out of my passion for learning new technical and digital skills. I am inspired by the full-scale prototyping that takes place for a new theatrical production, and wonder how this creativity can be applied to other aspects of life.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO &TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS                                                                       

2016

CTRL+SHFT Gallery   Staging (collaboration with Tammy LePham and Shanna Sordahl)   Oakland, CA

2015

Art Lofts Gallery   Master of Fine Arts Exhibition  CAST   Madison, WI

Pehrspace   MicroGesture   Los Angeles, CA

University of Wisconsin-Marathon County   Non-Linear Fallout   Wausau, WI

2014 

Good Style Shop   The Air May Become Very Still   Madison, WI

Class of 1925 Gallery, Memorial Union   We Are When We Meet   Madison, WI

Art Lofts Gallery   Were the Dust to Settle (Masters of Arts Show)   Madison, WI

Gelsy Verna Gallery   Madison, WI

2013

Art Lofts Gallery   Mustard? Yes, Mustard (with Joni Wildman)   Madison, WI

2011

Goforaloop Gallery   Melanie Treuhaft and David Delgado   San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Maltese   Goth Night   Chico, CA

2014

Madison Children’s Museum   Neon Exhibition   Madison, WI

Art Lofts Gallery   Third Year Review Show   Madison, WI

2013

Madison Public Library   Q&A Exhibition   Madison, WI

Stock Pavilion   Biennial Neon and Light Exhibition   Madison, WI

Drift Studios   Renewal   Mount Horeb, WI

2012

Capitol Lakes   Graduate Exhibition   Madison, WI

7th Floor Gallery   Foremost: First Year MFA Review Show   Madison, WI

2011

Goforaloop Gallery   Potluck Series   San Francisco, CA

Cellspace   Un Resolved Exhibition   San Francisco, CA

Cellspace   Chain Gang Show   San Francisco, CA

Cellspace   Spacecraft Exhibit   San Francisco, CA

Hive Gallery   Los Angeles, CA

Godo Gallery   Los Angeles, CA

2009

DOVA Temporary Gallery   Chicago, IL

Flat Iron   Winter smART Show   Chicago, IL

University of Chicago   MODA Fashion show   Chicago, IL

2007

Johnsonese Gallery   Chicago, IL

RESUME

EDUCATION

2015   Master of Fine Arts   Painting   University of Wisconsin-Madison

2010   Bachelor of Arts   Philosophy   The University of Chicago 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS & HONORS

2015   Berkeley Repertory Theater Fellowship   Berkeley, CA

            Professional Development Grants, University of Wisconsin-Madison   Madison, WI

2010   Festival of The Arts fashion designer grant, University of Chicago   Chicago, IL

            Deans List University of Chicago   Chicago, IL

2009   Summer Fellowship Grant, University of Chicago Arts Council   Chicago, IL

            MODA fashion designer grant, University of Chicago   Chicago, IL

            Co-Chair of the Smart Museum Activities Committee   Chicago, IL

            Served on the Smart Museum Educational Advisory Committee   Chicago, IL

2005   Full Scholarship Ryman Arts   Los Angeles, CA

2003   CA State Scholar Distinction with full scholarship to CA State Summer School for the Arts   Los Angeles, CA

RESIDENCIES                                                                                                    

2016   CTRL+SHFT October Residency   Oakland, CA

            Morris Graves Foundation Artist Residency   Loleta, CA            

2014   Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts   Miramonte, CA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017             Lecturer   Basic Drawing (ART 125) Section 3   California State University-Chico   Chico, CA

                      Associate Faculty   Basic Drawing (ART 8)   Butte Community College   Chico, CA

2015             Instructor   Computer Art   PEOPLE Program   Madison, WI

2013-2015   Instructor of Record/Teaching Assistant   Drawing 1 (2 sections/semester) Art Department   University of Wisconsin   Madison, WI

2012-2013   Instructor of Record/Teaching Assistant   Backstage Laboratory 162/561 Department of Theater and Drama   University of Wisconsin   Madison, WI

2010-2012   21st Century ExCEL Tutor/Academic Specialist   Wallenberg High School   San Francisco, CA

2007             Counselor   Idyllwild Arts Summer Academy   Idyllwild, CA                                             

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017             Photo Editor   Lulus.com   Chico, CA

2016             Scenic Painter/Educator   USC   Los Angeles, CA

                     Scenic Painter   Glimmerglass Opera   Cooperstown, NY

2015-2016   Scenic Painter   Berkeley Repertory Theater   Berkeley, CA

2014-2015   Scenic Painter   UW Madison School of Music   Madison, WI

2013-2015   Scenic Painter   UW Madison Theatre and Drama   Madison, WI

2012-2013   Administration Assistant   UW Madison Continuing Studies   Madison, WI

2011-2012   Director of Gallery Floor Initiative   Goforaloop Gallery   San Francisco, CA

2010-2011   Monday School Program Education Intern   De Young Museum Of Fine Art   San Francisco, CA

2010             Consultant Writer   Sacred Space International   Chicago, IL

                      Part-time Research Analyst   Research Pros.   Chicago, IL

2009             Acquisitions Assistant   Regenstein Library   Chicago, IL

2008             Gallery Attendant   Ubu Fine Arts   Chicago, IL

LECTURES                                                                                                                   

2015   University of Wisconsin-Marathon County   Artist Talk   Wausau, WI

2014   Madison Museum of Contemporary Art   Artist Talk   Madison, WI           

2013   Wisconsin Women’s Studies LGBTQ Conference   Art as Feminist Research: An Artist Draws on Women’s and Gender Studies, Theory Informing Fine Art Practice   Madison, WI

CONTINUING EDUCATION 

2016   Introduction to Digital Design   Pasadena City College

2011   History of Contemporary Art   Community College of San Francisco

2008   Figure Painting   Art Institute of Chicago

PUBLICATIONS

Melanie Treuhaft Senior Thesis, May 20, 2010 THE EMERGENCE OF A SOCIAL SUBJECT FROM THE DISCOURSE THAT REPRODUCES HER:THE CONVERGENCE OF LACANIAN AND FOUCAULDIAN PHILOSOPHY IN A READING OF HORTENSE SPILLERS “MAMA’S BABY PAPA’S MAYBE”

The Surreal Life: Paul Nudd and Nick Black bring the weird to antena gallery, The Chicago Weekly, February 26, 2009

In “Control”: Jen Rosenthal’s monastic works calm the chaos of modern culture, The Chicago Weekly, April 9, 2009

The Archaeology of Surveillance, The Chicago Weekly, April 16, 2009

Building in Bloom, The Chicago Weekly, May 7, 2009

LANGUAGES

English   Native speaker

Spanish   Proficient

DIGITAL SKILLS

Microsoft Office, Outlook, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Bridge), SketchUp, AutoCAD, Solidworks