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Melissa Eder
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: Biography I am interested in documenting and exploring the complexities of issues related to female identity, popular culture and kitsch,Melissa Eder explains. A visual artist, Ms. Eder creates photo-based works. She makes large-scale, 30"x40" still life photos. But these works have a twist. The objects used are atypical. Instead of the conventional apples and oranges of Cezanne, she may use junk food, plastic fruit, and items obtained from 99 cents stores. Another project, Sense of Herself is an ongoing photo-based work that she started in 1995. It is an installation that consists of over 750 8"x10" images ranging from a photograph of a pink cupcake, a can of TAB, a package of ground meat, and a pink plastic baseball bat. The objects were gathered from 99 cents stores, malls, fast food shops, bodegas, and thrift shops. All objects, however mundane each may seem, convey a certain beauty as well as a personal and pop cultural relevance to her. Ms. Eder explains, When I was about three or four, I went with my family to see a Pop Art survey show at MOMA in 1967. I can recall my parents pointing out a sculpture of French fries and a painting of a piece of cake. When I got back home to New Jersey, I painted a picture of a piece of cake with a cherry on top. I thought it was great that you could look at everything as art. I guess I still believe that notion to a certain degree. Of course, now, I acknowledge the layers of complexities of meaning(s) that create Western culture on both a personal and larger field. "Can You Dig It? A Chromatic Series of Floral Arrangements" is a more recent series of photographs taken of floral arrangements that she has created. This project explores ideas related to the natural and artificial, high art/low art and personal taste as well as investigates the broad spectrum of colors/hues that exist in our world. It is also influenced by her love of funk music. Each arrangement explores a specific color like pink, white or yellow. The flowers used were gathered from various 99 cents stores. Melissa Eder is an artist who creates photo-based projects that explore notions related to female identity, popular culture and kitsch. Ms. Eder received her B.F.A. in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City where she studied with Sean Scully and a M.F.A. in combined media from Hunter College in New York City where she studied with Robert Morris and received a Meritorious Award from the Alumni Association. As a visual artist, her work has been shown nationally and internationally in such venues as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York University's Broadway Windows Gallery, Art in General, the Aperture Foundation, the Parlor Gallery, the Charlotte Street Foundation's Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri and in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany where she created a permanent art installation in a former kindergarten. She was an artist-in-residence at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as selected by photographer Graciela Iturbide. In 2011, her work was selected by Eric C. Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum for his curated exhibit on CurateNYC. Her work was also chosen by Sarah Hasted for Photography Now, 2004, for the Photography Quarterly, Woodstock, New York. Her photo book Can You Dig It? A Chromatic Series of Floral Arrangements was included in a group show at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York. During the summer of 2014, her work was included in the Aperture Foundation's Summer Open and was chosen from over 860 applicants. She was selected to design a piano for the public art project for Sing for Hope during the summer of 2013 that was displayed at Lincoln Center. She has received numerous grants including funding from the Puffin Foundation and two Manhattan Community Arts Fund grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, highlighted in Feature Shoot, Co Design, the Collector Daily, the Huffington Post and various other publications. She lives in New York City and works in Brooklyn as an artist in residence through the chashama studio residency. She was born in Long Branch, New Jersey.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2002 "Sense of Herself", Broadway Windows Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
1992 "State Controlled" (A Collaborative Installation with Adult Literacy Students from Lehman
College), Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
1992 "In Memoriam/A Journey Through a Fantasy's Childhood and Adolescence",
Stadtlengsfeldt, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2015 The Omnivor's Dilemma: Visualized,Barry Rosenberg- Curator, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (forthcoming)
2015 Photobook!, A Collaborative Show with the Davis/Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY) and the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA), The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (forthcoming)
2014 Collective, Perth Center for Photography, Perth, Australia
2014 Bahamas Biennale, Sean J. Patrick Carney- Curator, Mukwonago, WI
2014 Illuminated: A Photographic Essay of Holiday Lights,The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
2014 The Chicken Thief, Friday Gallery, Bushwick, NY
2014 New Cats in Art Photography,The Humble Arts Foundation,
2014 Summer Open,Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
2014 AS/Orchard,55 Orchard Gallery, New York, NY
2014 In Full Swing, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2014 Body Language,George Herms, Curator, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
2014 SCOPE (with chashama), New York, NY
2014 Love Shack, The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
2013, Photo Book 2013,Davis/ Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY
2013 AS/AP,Gallery 212, Dumbo, Brooklyn
2013 Minstral Show,DeKonstruct Gallery, Red Hook, Brooklyn
2013 Urban/Subrban,Kansas City Jewish Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS
2013 Boom and Bloom,The Phatory, New York, NY
2013 Scope Art Fair (With chashama), New York, NY
2013 Real Time, AS/Studios Pop-Up Show, New York, NY
2012 Photo Book 2012,Davis/ Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY
2012 Urban/Suburban,Kansas City Jewish Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS
2012 Scope Art Fair (With chashama), New York, NY
2012 Bookstore,Drift Station, Lincoln, Nebraska
2011 Curate NYC,Online Group Show, Work Selected Out of Over 1,500 Submissions by Eric C. Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum
2011 Urban/Suburban, Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Kansas
2011 Let Them Eat Cake,Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Las Vegas, NV
2011 Distant Cousins: Jewish and Muslim Women Artists Speak,ClementeSoto Velez Cultural Center, NY, NY
2011 Still Life,Lori Nix, Curator, The Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 The Dining Room Project,The Charlotte Street Foundation's Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2011 The Inter-Connected World: Various Projects,(Included in Serve and Project), Hampden Gallery, Amherst, MA
2011 Women and Art,New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Inanimate Pictures/ Unusual Still Lifes of Man-Made Objects,Guild Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Direct Objects: Still Life as Subject,The Vermont Photography Workplace/ PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2006 "Stilled Life," Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2005 "Babes," Holland Tunnel Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2004 "Tunnel of Love," Holland Tunnel Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2003 "A Theory of Relative Power," (Franklin Sirmans, Curator), Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
2002 "Reaction," Exit Art, New York, NY
2000 "Meat Market Art Fair," (Represented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), New York
1998 "Settlement Installations: Ain't It Funky Now," Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
1995 "Pamela Arm and Melissa Eder," P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY
1995 "Four Rooms," Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
1994 "Art in the Clinics," Women's Caucus for the Arts, New York, NY
1993 "The Joke Show," Four Walls, Williamsburg, NY
1992 "Salon-More than a Group Show," Art in General, New York, NY
1992 "Toll Free," Stadtlengsfeld Castle, Germany
1992 "Enter-Action," (A Collaboration with WAC, Art in the Anchorage, Brooklyn, NY
1992 Salon,Herron Test-Site, Williamsburg, NY
1992 Children, 800 East Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1991 "Inappropriate Men," ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 "Drawings: Women in the Visual Arts," (Howardena Pindell,Curator), Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1991 The Decade Show,Hunter College, NY, NY
1990 "Reconfiguring Bodies/ Reconceiving Selves," Hunter Gallery, New York, NY
1988 "11" x 14," Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

Awards and Grants:
2012 NYFA Emergency Fund Relief Recipient
2011 Travel Grant (To Attend The Dining Room Project in Kansas City, MO), PSE Grant for Adjunct Instructors (CUNY)
2001 Grant, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
2001 Grant, Puffin Foundation
2000 Grant, Change Inc. (Rauschenberg's Foundation)
2000 Grant, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
1991 Grant, Puffin Foundation
1988/89 Meritorious Award, Hunter College

Special Projects:
2014 The Smile Face Museum, Collection/ Study Room, Colorado
2014 Benefit, Art in a Box, Skylight Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2014 Benefit Auction, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Work Available on the Little Collector,
2014 Work Available on Davis Orton Editions,
2013 Pianos, Sing for Hope, Public Art Project, Lincoln Center, New York City
2013 Benefit Show for Nurture Art,Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, 57th Street, New York, NY
2013 Selected for Art Vetting Website (Elisabeth Ivers/ Brian Clamp Critique)
2012 Art in a Box Fundraiser, Masters and Pelavin Gallery, New York,NY
2012 Featured Artist, Generator Arts Website,
2012 Included in an online artists' archive/aktuell called AS| Artists Studios
2012-present Artists Studio/Residency Program, chashama, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
2011 Artists Summer Institute (With Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Creative Capital), Govenors Island, NY
2011 Meet the Artist (In Conjunction with Inanimate Pictures/ Unusual Still Lifes of Man-Made Objects,
Guild Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Collecting Art: An Affordable Art Fair, Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, New Jersey
2014-2000 "Postcards from the Edge", Benefit for Visual AIDS, New York, NY
2004 Portfolio Review, The Center, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Residency (Photography), Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca, NY
2002 Residency (Photography-Graciela Iturbide/Master Artist), Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2000 Residency (Photography), Women's Art Colony Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY
1992-93 Artist-in-Residence, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
1992 Artist Residency (Installation), Stadtlengsfeld, Germany
1992 Panel Discussion (Moderator), "Are we there yet? Art and Anxiety in the 1990's", Art in General, New York, NY

Selected Publications:
Interview, October 25, 2014
The Collector Daily, August 11, 2014
Aperture Blog, August 1, 2014
Article, Musee Magazine, July 25, 2014
Article, Trend Hunter, June 19, 2014
Article, Fast Co., June 19, 2014
Article, Feature Shoot, June 17, 2014
The Number 4 Blog, June 20, 2014
The Blvd Blog, Monday Moodboosters, June 23, 2014
Issue #5:Party, Make 8elieve Magazine, 2014
TV Clip, (Piano Featured), Sing for Hope, Good Day New York, Fox 5, May 1, 2013
Interview,Water's Edge:Nine chashama BAT Studio Artists on Urban Space, Public Life and the Artist as Visual Ambassador,
Davy Knittle, September 2012
Article, Image featured in "Occupying the Waiting Room: 40 Years of Healthcare Needs" by Lori Adelman in the current issue of On the Issues Magazine: A Magazine of Feminist, Progressive Thinking, January 2012
Review, Mmm, art... - Las Vegas CityLife, Jenessa Kenway, October 20, 2011
Catalogue, The Dining Room Project, The Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO, 2011
Catalogue, Direct Objects: Still Life as Subject, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, 2010
Review, "Objects at Rest", Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, July 23, 2006
Publication, "Photography Now" (Selected by Sarah Hasted), Photography Quarterly, Center for
Photography, Woodstock, NY, 2004
Catalogue, Manual, Art in General, 1993
Review, Freies Wort, August 18, 1992
Review, Welt-Sichen, Rhonkurier, August 12, 1992
Catalogue, The Decade Show, Hunter College, 1991

BFA (Painting and Printmaking-Studied with Sean Scully) , Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, May 1985
MFA, Hunter College (Combined Media-Studied with Robert Morris), New York, NY (Meritorious Award,1988/89), May 1990


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