This is very exciting, Melissa Furness is spending 10 weeks in Mexico City as an Artist in Residence : Mexico City in the Artist Ambassador Exchange Program of the Biennial of the Americas Dates: April 6 – June 15, 2015
Melissa Furness received her MFA in Painting and Drawing with honors from the University of Iowa and minors in both sculpture and printmaking. Furness’ work has been most influenced by her experiences of travel, which have included artist’s residencies in the countries of Hungary, Poland and Ireland, as well as those in the U.S. at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and the Corporation of Yaddo in upstate New York. These experiences have inspired the strain of her current work in painting and installation, which is influenced by history and infused with personal narrative.
Furness regularly exhibits her work both national and internationally, with international group exhibitions including those in Budapest, Wales, Florence, Lecce, Zurich, and Bulgaria amongst others. The artist’s 1, 2, and 3-person U.S. exhibitions have among them those at her represented galleries as well as the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado; Ironton Gallery in Denver, Colorado; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; the LoRiver Arts Gallery in Beacon, New York; Fish Tank Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; CoLAB Projects in New Orleans, Louisiana; and the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut and others. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications, such as Studio Visit and New American Paintings Magazines through the Open Studios Press, the Manifest Creative Research Gallery’s International Painting and Drawing Annuals, the Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design, and the ArtWorld Digest.
The artist is currently represented by Plus Gallery in Denver, Colorado and Archangel Gallery in Palm Springs, California. She is also a national member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, where she has participated in curatorial projects surrounding women in the arts. Furness is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Colorado Denver.