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Morgan Melenka engages with sculpture and printmaking as she reproduces, modifies, and misuses familiar architectural forms and materials to engage with the world of generic public architecture. Fantasy and illusion are created through improvised construction and facades composed of printed imitations. She is based in Edmonton AB and received her MFA from NSCAD University in 2019.

EDUCATION:

2019: Master of Fine Arts, NSCAD University, Halifax

2014: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2019: delaminate; Masters Thesis Exhibition - The Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2018: Public Works. Collaboration with Alex Linfield - The Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2018: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things; MFA Group Show - The Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2018: Decidedly So - North Main St Gallery, Salem NY USA

2018: NSCAD/ACAD Print Exchange Exhibition - the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2017: Ladder Training; MFA group exhibition - the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2017: Hour Glaze - Dc3 Gallery, Edmonton AB, Curators Megan Gnanasihamany, Tegan Bowers and Susan Winters

2016: Park Paving - SNAP Community Gallery Window, Edmonton AB

2016: BIMPE IX - Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC

2016:  Between Among and Away - DC3 Gallery, Edmonton AB

2016: 6th Annual International Mini-Print Exhibition - Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa ON

2015: The Potato Project - The Works Art & Design Festival, Churchill Square, Edmonton AB

2015: The Marginal in Sight - Rutherford Library Atrium, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2015: Prints in Peculiar Places - Southern Graphics Conference International, Knoxville TN USA

2014: Nebraska National Collegiate Juried Art Exhibition - Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE USA

2014: Encumbered - Project Room, SNAP, Edmonton AB

2014: Affinities: Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition - FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2013: Fluence - Rutherford Library South, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2013: Too Close for Comfort - Women and Gender Studies Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2013: Capacity for Fellowship - The Works Art & Design Festival, Stanley A. Milner Library, Edmonton AB

2013: Everything On Sale! - The Works Art & Design Festival, Commerce Place, Edmonton AB  

EXHIBITIONS AS A MEMBER OF TENNIS CLUB:

2017: Square - The Works Art & Design Festival, Mile Zero Dance, Edmonton AB

2017: Stand-in - Self-Refinery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2016: For God’s Sake Kate, Where is the Camera? - Ardrossan AB, Drumheller AB, Bragg Creek AB, St. Paul AB, Edmonton AB  

2016:  Between Among and Away - DC3 Gallery, Edmonton AB

2016: 15 Love - + 15 Window, Stride Gallery, Calgary AB

2016: Ovation - Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2015: Do it Yourself - Art Gallery of Alberta, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton AB 

2015: Print it Yourself - Alberta Printmaker’s Studio, Alberta Culture Days, Calgary AB

2015: Block Out! - The Works Art & Design Festival, SNAP Work Shop, Edmonton AB

PUBLIC ART:

2018: the Airport Project, temporary public work at Stanfield International Airport, Halifax NS

2018: Foundation, semi-permanent sculpture in Cary Hill Sculpture Park, Salem NY USA

2017: Elsie McLuhan Mural, McLuhan House, ArtsHab, Edmonton AB (Tennis Club) 

GRANTS:

2019: Canada Council for the Arts; Arts Abroad - Residencies: Vorres Museum 2019 Residency, Paiania Greece

2018: Canada Council for the Arts; Arts Abroad - Residencies: Edmonton to Salem Residency, organized by Vanessa Mastronardi

2017: Alberta Foundation of the Arts; Visual Arts and New Media Individual Project Grant: 1st Year Masters of Fine Art at NSCAD

2016: Alberta Foundation of the Arts; Visual Arts Grant in Visual Art and New Media Project Grant: For God’s Sake Kate, Where is the Camera?, as a member of Tennis Club

2015: Alberta Foundation of the Arts; Visual Arts and New Media Individual Project Grant: Greetings from Knoxville, with Alex Linfield

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS:

2019: NSCAD Travel Scholarship to install Curated MFA Group Exhibition, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness County

2019: NSCAD Travel Scholarship to present at Southern Graphics Conference International in Dallas TX USA

2018: NSCAD Travel Scholarship to attend New York City Print Week, New York City, NY USA

2018: Reznick Family Fund Scholarship for do it exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax

2018 NSCAD Travel Scholarship to attend Southern Graphics Conference International, Las Vegas NV USA

2017: Laurel Woodcock Memorial Award

2013: Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Art

2013: Elizabeth Ann Burgess Award in Contemporary Art

RESIDENCIES:

2019: Vorres Museum 2019 Residency, Paiania, GR

2018: Edmonton to Salem Residency, Salem New York, funded by Canada Council for the Arts 

2016-2017: McLuhan House Residency, as a member of Tennis Club, ArtsHab, Edmonton

2015-2016: Project Insertion Residency, Atelier Graff, Montreal

2013: Student Residency, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton

REVIEWS:

2019: Jon Claytor, Morgan Melenka at Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Akimbo Akimblog, March 27 2019

2018: Vanessa Mastronardi, Daniel Goodwin, Edmonton to Salem, residency catalogue, Salem NY

2016: Alison Cooley and Daniella Sanader, Gang up: 16 Great Canadian Art Collaborations, Canadian Art, Summer Issue (Tennis Club)

2014: Brad Necyk, Communitas: Artistic Explorations Through Intermedia PrairieSeen Online Magazine, Issue 1 Fall 2014    

PUBLICATIONS :

2017: Morgan Melenka, Renée Perrott, Marie Winters, Alyson Davies and Megan Gnanasihamany; eyedoll, Publication Studio, Edmonton

2016: Morgan Melenka, Mer, Essay for Nadine Bariteau’s Exhibition, Latitude 53, Edmonton       

2015: Morgan Melenka and Alex Linfield, Greetings from Knoxville SNAPLINE Summer Issue   

COLLECTIONS:

2011-2013: University of Alberta, Department of Art and Design; Printmaking

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY: 

2017-2019: Teaching Assistant, NSCAD University, Halifax NS: Introduction to Silkscreen; Foundation in Contemporary Practice; Foundation Printmaking, Intermediate Litho and Silkscreen; Intermediate Sculpture

2019: Panel Chair, Material of the Immaterial at Southern Graphics Conference International, Dallas, TX USA

2018: Exhibition Coordinator, do it, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2018: Artist Assistant, Kim Morgan, Halifax NS

2018: Artist Assistant, mural for Eleanor King at C.O.V.E, Dartmouth NS

2018: Artist Assistant, Ursula Johnson, Halifax NS

2017-2019: Printing Assistant, NSCAD Lithography Workshop, Halifax NS

2016-2017: Display Coordinator, Anthropologie, Edmonton AB

2014-2015: Gallery Attendant; Enterprise Square Galleries, Museums and Collections, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2015: Workshop Instructor; Silkscreen. Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton AB

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

2016-2017: Special Events Planning Committee, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton AB

2013-2019: Volunteer, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton AB

2015: Teaching Assistant; Silkscreen, copper and fabric. Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton AB

2014: President; Visual Arts Student Association University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

 

Founding Member of artist collective Tennis Club