Melody Evans has studied and lived in many areas of the country. After studying for four years at the San Antonio School of Art and Craft, she started her career as a potter but soon moved into making sculpture and large scale installations which employed ceramics and other materials – a change prompted by her pursuit of a Master’s degree in the influential area of Northern California. Evans studied with nationally acclaimed artists Robert Brady, and Stephen Kaltenbach, and has received numerous awards in her career; including first place in the National Visions in Clay, awarded at the University of the Pacific in CA. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Paul F. Dauer Ceramic Collection.
Currently she shows in work in galleries and juried shows , teaches part-time in area colleges, and spends most of her time creating commissioned work for healthcare organizations, churches and private residencies.
Exhibition Record (from 2000)
2015 Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Craft Alliance Exhibition Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2014 FifTEA, Curated by Stefanie Kirkland, Craft Alliance Exhibition Gallery,
St. Louis, MO.
Poetry in the Wild, Curated by Anna Flores, St. Louis,MO.
www.poetry in the wild.com
2013 Exposure 16: Primal Forms, 3 Artists, Curated by Terry Suhre,
Gallery 210, University of MO, ST. Louis.
Faculty Show, McKendree University, Lebanon ILL.
9 Wise Women, Curated by Ruth Reese, PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
2012 Faculty Show, STLCC.
Faculty Show, McKendree University, Lebanon ILL.
2011 Feat of Clay, Ruth Reese, Curator. PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Shades of Gray, PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Fine-Line, Robin Hirsch Curator.Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
SCC Invitational Exhibition, Christine Holtz, Curator. Donald Shook Gallery,
St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, MO.
2010 Drawing Exhibit, 3 Artists, Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, MO
2 Artist Exhibit: Farrell Learning Center Gallery, Washington University,
Liquid Measure: Invitational Ceramics Exhibit, Edwardsville, Il
Natural Elements/Abstracted Form, Director-Curated,Jacoby Arts
2009 Concurrent, Artists-in-Residence Show,Craft Alliance Grand Center, St.
Biennial Faculty Exhibition,Craft Alliance Exhibition Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Material Attraction/Diverse Reactions III, Invitational,Jacoby Arts Center,
2008 Fire to Figura,Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
New Faces of Craft,St. Louis University Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Small Treats and Treasures, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2007 Clay, Paint, Pastel,Solo 3-D Artist, Solomon Dubnick Gallery,
Games We Play, Drive Agency Gallery,solo show, St. Louis, MO
Curtain Call,Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2006 Small Treasures,Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005 Out of the Garden,Solomon Dubnick Gallery, solo show Sacramento, CA
Eye Candy-Sideshow, Curated by Robert Bowen,James Kaneko Gallery,
American River Community College, Sacramento, CA
2004 Visions in Clay,The Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton,
Retreat,MA Thesis Show, Robert Else Gallery, CSUS, Sacramento, CA
2002 Renaissance ’02, Steven LeeYamshon Alumni Center, CSUS, Sacramento
2001 Clay Connections, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Modern Tea Party,Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Tenth Anniversary Celebration,Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 Form by Fire,Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Awards / Juried Shows / Competitions
2015 MOVE, St. Louis Artist Guild, Juried show.
2011 The Patricia Weir Mynka Memorial Exhibition, Black Burn College, Illinois
Contemporary Narrative, Juried Show, Foundry Art Center,
St. Charles, MO
Grape Arts, Art St. Louis. Best of Show- Drawing
2010 Remix, Art St. Louis Juried Exhibition Series, Three-Artist Installation, St.
2009 41st Mid-States Craft Competition,Jane Sauer Juror, Evansville
Museum, Evansville, Indiana
2009 Potters Council Juried for 2010 Ceramic Sculpture Calendar
2005 Visions in Clay: 2004 National,First Place Award,The Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
2003 Robinson Increase Memorial Award,Robert Else Gallery, CSUS, CA
2000 Rancho Santiago Show,Aardvark Clay Award, Rancho Santiago, CA
1998 California Ink and Clay Show,California Polytechnic University,CA
Collections/Art in Public Spaces
The New St. Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City, MO
The Sonny Kamn International T-Pot Collection, Los Angelos, CA.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Sculptural Installation in Main Café, MO.
Washington University Medical Center Permanent Collection, St. Louis, MO
Episcopal Church of Christ, Wall Sculpture, Webster Groves, MO
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center,Sculptural Installation, Alton,IL
USDA Regional Headquarters,Conference Tile Mural, Sacramento, CA
Mid-American Transplant Services,Lobby Mosaics, St. Louis, MO
California State University Sacramento Permanent Collection, Library, Sacramento,CA
Suncol Industries, Lobby Tiles, Roseville, CA
Out Put Technologies Corporate Headquarters, Lobby Wall Sculpture, El Dorado Hills, CA
Nancy and Ken Kranzberg Ceramic Collection, St. Louis, MO
Ceronix Headquarters,Tile Installation, Auburn, CA
The Paul F. Dauer Ceramic Collection, Sacramento, CA
Tenet Hospital Group,Wall Sculpture Restaurant, St. Louis, MO
Louise and Michael Solomon Fine Art Collection, Sculpture, Sacramento, CA
Forest ParkHospital,Wall Sculpture Restaurant, St. Louis, MO
Broadstone Business Group Headquarters,Lobby Tile Installation, Folsom, CA
Prudential Regional Offices,Wall Sculpture, Roseville, CA
ARTIST LECTURES / WORKSHOPS / RESIDENCIES
2010 Selected Presenter at the International Paperclay Symposium, Laguana Beach, CA
2009 Influence of Selected 20th Century Women Artists, Washington University in Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO
2009 Cone 5 Glaze Decoration Workshop, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
2008 Artist in Residence [9 months], Craft Alliance Grand Center, St. Louis, MO
2007 Visiting Artist and Speaker [Fall 2007], California State University,
2007 Visiting Artist and Speaker [Spring 2007], Webster University, St. Louis, MO
2006 Sculptural Possibilities with Paper Clay, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
2006 Sculptural Possibilities with Paper Clay, St. Louis Community College
2005 Paper Clay Techniques for Ceramic Sculpture, Krueger’s Pottery, St.Louis
2003 From Craft to Art in the Ceramic Medium, CSUS Art Club, Sacramento, CA
2015-present Adjunct Instructor St. Louis Community Colleges
2012-2014 Adjunct Professor at McKendree University, Lebanon,ILL
2008- present Instructor – Wheel-Throwing and Hand Building, Craft Alliance, St.
2005-2008 Instructor – Continuing Education St. Louis Community Colleges.
Publications and Reviews
Catolog: Poetry in the Wild 2014, Published by Anna Flores and Terry Suhre through UMSL
Catolog: Primal Forms 2013, Published by the University of Mo, St. Louis
St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis, MO, Ivy Cooper Review for Remix, February 3, 2010
St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO, David Bonetti Review for Concurrent, August 9, 2009
Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO, Jessica Baran Review, July 30, 2009
The Sacramento Bee,Sacramento, CA, Critic’s Choice, Victoria Dalkey, February 13, 2005
The Record, Stockton CA, Paula Sheil Review, August 10, 2004
The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, August 8, 2004
Ceramics Art and Perception, 2003, Issue 54, pg. 42
Sacramento News and Review, Sacramento, CA, July 10, 2003
Sacramento News and Review, Sacramento, CA, December 20, 2001
Ceramics Monthly, February 1998, pg. 20
St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO, Review June 4, 1998
2006-present Board Member – Webster Groves Missouri Arts Commission, Webster, MO
2006-present Member – Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Master’s of Studio Art, California State University (CSUS), Sacramento, CA
B.A., Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO