Melanie Vote received her BFA in Craft Design from Iowa State University in 1995 and her MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art graduating cum laude in 1998. She was a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007. Residencies awarded include Jentel, Banner Wyoming in 2009, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City in 2007 and the Vermont Studio Center with a full fellowship from the Dodge Foundation in 2002. Melanie Vote has exhibited work at DFN Gallery in New York from since 2004. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at Sloan Fine Art, New York, Flowers East Gallery, New York, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, the Bronfman Center, New York, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX, Stolen Space Gallery, London, England, the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester CT and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Rigdefield, CT. The artist lives and works in New York City.
1998 The Graduate School of Figurative Art of The New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, MFA, Painting (cum laude), 1995 College of Art and Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, BFA, Craft Design
These works are small oil paintings on birch ply panels. The Girl series plays out various desires and fears. The images of women are initially appropriated, enduring many changes, serving as a launching pad. At first glance, the viewer may be seduced by their beauty, only to realize an underlying conflict. Our culture as a whole is cushioned by adversity in the world. We live protected comfortable lives. Reading about the world’s ills over a cup of coffee in the morning may heighten one’s awareness of the problems, but few are really doing anything to find a cure. Perhaps this is how I feel as an artist, I am making pictures, which is a rather decadent thing to partake in when the world seems to be spinning out of control.
2010 Nature Calls, SICA, Long Branch, NJ Curator: D. Dominick Lombardi Remnants, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY Curators: D. Michelle Doll and Lisa Lebofsky Gallery Artist, DFN Gallery, New York, NY Just Off, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY Curators: Peter Drake and Alix Sloan 2008 *Trepidations, DFN Gallery, New York, NY Dangerous Women, DFN Gallery, Curator: Julie Lohnes and John Nickel, New York, NY Trading Places, Pro Arts/Canco Lofts, Jersey City, NJ Curator: Hugo Bastidas Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY Becoming:Visions of Childhood, Bronfman Center Gallery Curator: Lois Stavsky New York, NY The Toy Show, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery Curator: Susan Classen-Sullivan Manchester, CT 2007 Wet, DFN Gallery, New York, NY REPRESENTATION, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, Selection Committee: Vincent Desiderio, Eric Fischl and Jenny Saville New York, NY Draw, Gallery Lombardi, Curator: Erik Foss and Curse Mackey, Austin, TX 2006 The Bridge Art Fair-other events, Art Basel/Miami Beach, DFN Gallery, Miami, FL 2004 4 Artist/4 Walls, Interior Paintings, DFN Gallery, Curator: John Nickel, New York, NY The Drawn Page, The Hersam Acorn Newspaper and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum,Curators: Harry Philbrick and Jessica Hough , Ridgefield, CT AWARDS and GRANTS 2009 Jentel, Artist in Residency, Banner Wyoming 2008 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship Nominee 2007 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant 2007 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City Residency 2003 The Rosenthal Foundation Best of Show Award, annual 54th Art of the North East, Silvermine Guild Arts Center 2002 Full Fellowship for an Artist in Residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Sponsored by the Dodge Foundation 1997 Academic Scholarship Award, New York Academy of Art 1994 Art and Design Chairperson Award