Biography

Melissa Dorn Richards works between painting and sculpture. She draws from common everyday objects, things often over-looked or passed by, as subject matter and infuses them with humor and expressive color. Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A practicing artist for 20 years, she is represented by Frank Juarez Gallery.

Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, Mandel Group, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Select exhibitions include: The Jump Off, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art; Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art; Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art; Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.

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Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2016

Melissa Dorn Richards: New Works, Clair E. Smith Gallery, Barrington, IL

2015

Melissa Dorn Richards: Serial Influences, Gallerie M-Intercontinental, Milwaukee, WI

2014

New Works, Leenhouts Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2013

Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery, Thiensville, WI

Coal Piles, Mercy Hill Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2011

Draw, Paint, Carve, EFFJAY PROJEKTS, Sheboygan, WI

2010

New Works, Gallerie M, Intercontinental, Milwaukee, WI

2009

Impromptu, Cedar Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2006

Melissa Dorn Richards, Reuss Federal Building, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

The Jump Off, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA), Grand Rapids, MI

MARN Mentor/Mentee Exhibition, Var Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

FJG Inaugural Exhibition, Frank Juarez Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Eruption, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

2016

Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art, Armada, MI

Indiana Green: Then/Now, UW-Sheboygan, Sheboygan, WI

CultureJam MKE, Redline, Milwaukee, WI

Bachman’s Warbler, Gallery 226, Port Washington, WI

30 x 30 x 30, Var Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Current Contours, Arts Mill, Grafton, WI

Origin 8, Pfister Pop-Up Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Eruption, Var Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2015

Error As Architecture: A Study of Play and Happenstance, Jazz

Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Eruption, Racine Arts Council, Racine, WI

Gallery Artists’ Group Show, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

Preservatif, Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN

2014

Forward 2014, Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Kinetic Hues, The David Adler Music and Art Center, Libertyville, IL

Abstract Conversations, Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI

Indiana Green, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI

Branding Creativity, UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI

Preservatif, Milwaukee, WI

2013

Salt, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI

Memories in the Making, St. Johnʼs on the Lake, Milwaukee, WI

2012

Schemata, UW-Sheboygan, WI

SRAM pART Project, Cedar Lake Theatre, New York, NY

The Abstract Show, Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL

Indiana Green, EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

Abstraction: The Language of Art, Cedarburg Cultural Center, WI

2011

Hidden River Art Festival, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI

ArtMail Milwaukee, Online

Things on Strings, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), Milwaukee, WI

Indiana Green, Juarez Invitational, Sheboygan, WI

Best of Open Canvas, Pritzlaff Building, Milwaukee, WI

2010

Indiana Green, Juarez Invitational, Sheboygan, WI

Milwaukee Artist Marketplace, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

2008

Around the Coyote Festival, Chicago, IL

Hidden River Art Festival, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI

2007

Aqua Miami, Hotcakes Gallery, Miami, FL

Hidden River Art Festival, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI

Artist Marketplace, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Paradise Remixed, Cream City Collectives, Milwaukee, WI

2006

Art Chicago, Hotcakes Gallery, Chicago, IL

Hidden River Art Festival, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI

Around the Coyote Fall and Winter Festival, Chicago, IL

Curatorʼs Choice Exhibition, Around the Coyote Winter Festival, Chicago, IL

Artist Marketplace, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

2005

Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Company Man, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Milwaukee, WI

Artist Marketplace, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

ArtSplash, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI

Corporate Collections

Littler Mendelson
Northwestern Mutual
Mandel Group
Tax-Air
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
West Bend Mutual Insurance

Awards/Grants/Residencies

2016 Finalist Mary L. Nohl Established Artist Fellowship

2014 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2013 Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Fund Award

2011 Artist in Residence, Mandel Group Creative Studio, directed by Plaid Tuba, Milwaukee, WI

2007 Jurorsʼ Choice Award, Hidden River Festival, Brookfield, WI

2006 Curatorʼs Choice Exhibition, Around the Coyote Winter Festival, Chicago, IL

2003 Wisconsin Arts Board Community Collaboration Grant

Bibliography

2016

2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Color Catalog, Wisconsin Visual Artists

Indiana Green: Then/Now, Color Catalog, Frank Juarez Gallery

Bachman’s Warbler, Color Catalog, Gallery 224

2015

Volume 29, Studio Visit Magazine V. 29, pp. 144-145

2014

Featured on Structure and Imagery, A Contemporary Art Blog by Paul Benke

Indiana Green 5th Year Anniversary, Color Catalog, Frank Juarez Gallery

2013

“Up and Close – Their Art. Their Stories.” directed by Kidder Films, produced in association with the Frank Juarez Gallery

Book Cover, Masquerades & Misdemeanors, Hartford Avenue Poets

Teaching Artist/Activities

2017

Artist Educator, Arts@Large

2016

Instructor, Working in a Series, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Artist Educator, Arts@Large
Co-Curator, Indiana Green, Sheboygan, WI
Juror, 30 x 30 x 30, Var Gallery & Studios, Milwaukee, WI
Board Member & Programming Committee Chair, ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Advisory Board Co-Chair, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

2015

Instructor, Humor in Abstraction, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Visiting Artist, Milwaukee Art Museum
Demonstration, Nassco Tradeshow
Presenter, Grant Writing Unmasked, MarKEt
Co-Curator, Indiana Green, Sheboygan, WI
Presenter, Artist Entrepreneurship, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
Board Member, ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Advisory Board Co-Chair, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

2014

Co-Curator, Indiana Green, Cedarburg, WI
Advisory Board Co-Chair, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

2013

Artist Talk, Wisconsin Visual Artists
Co-Curator, Indiana Green, Sheboygan, WI

2012

Gallery Talk, UW-Sheboygan
Co-Chair Creative Milwaukee at Work Conference
Artist Talk, Boston Lofts, Milwaukee

2011

Studio Tour/Talk, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Panelist Arts Panel, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Milwaukee

2008

Instructor, Humor in Abstraction, Adult painting workshop
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

2006

Lead Artist, ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Commissioned by Harley Davidson-Milwaukee to create a mural with apprentices (ages 16-18) commemorating 9-11 and Pearl Harbor.

Resident Artist, Arts@Large
Created self-portrait ceramic tiles with students (ages 5-13) at Milwaukee Sign Language School for an installation at Childrenʼs Court.

2005

Resident Artist, Gaenslen School Summer Camp
Worked with 80 students creating 300 clay bowls for the Empty Bowls project.

Resident Artist, Arts@Large
Explored paint, color and movement with students with autism at Jackie Robison Middle School.

2002-2003

Resident Artist, Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Created an outdoor mosaic art project with recreation program members, awarded Wisconsin Arts Board Community Collaboration Grant.

Education

1993-1996                Bachelor of Fine Arts, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

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