Resume

BIO

Melody Evans studied for four years at the San Antonio School of Art and Craft and started her career as a potter but soon moved into making sculpture, large scale installations and drawings with collage and digital manipulations. This change coincided with 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 drawings have also been awarded in several regional shows in the St. Louis, MO area, where she now resides. She was represented by the notable Northern California gallery, Solomon Dubnick, until its retirement. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Moog Collection at the Racine Art Museum, the Paul F. Dauer Ceramic Collection, The Sony Kamm International T-pot collection and the permanent collection at the William and Florence Schmidt  Art Center Museum   In this region she has large-scale permanent installations at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Alton Illinois and the New St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, MO.   She currently teaches ceramics at St. Louis Community Colleges.

Selected exhibitions from 2001 to present

2019:

Interconnected, curated by Jim Ibur, Meramec Contemporary Art Galley & NCECA, Minneapolis, MN

Into the Third Dimension, curated by Anthony Borschardt, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO

2018:

Layers II, a two-person show, William &Florence Schmidt Art Center and Museum, Belleville, Ill

10 Year Artists-in Residency Anniversary Exhibition, Craft Alliance Center of Art & Design, St. Louis, MO

2017:

Layers, a two-person show, Mildred J. Cox Gallery, William Woods University, Fulton MO

Makers Past + Present, Craft Alliance Artist Residency Program, St. Louis International Airport Exhibition.

 2016:

Exposure: 10 Years, curated by Terry Suhre, Gallery 210, University of MO, St. Louis.

 Influences and Inspirations, a group show, curated by Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design; Presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA),Kansas City, MO.

2015:

Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Craft Alliance Exhibition Gallery, St. Louis, MO

(2015-2018) Faculty Show, Meramec Gallery, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

2014:

FifTEA, Stefanie Kirkland, Curator, Craft Alliance Exhibition Gallery,St. Louis, MO.

Poetry in the Wild St. Louis, Anna Flores, Curator and Founder of National Poetry in the Wild,www.poetry in the wild.co

2013:

Exposure 16: Primal Forms, 3 Artists, Terry Suhre, Curator Gallery 210, University of MO, ST. Louis.

9 Wise Women, PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO.

2012:

Faculty Show, Forest Park Gallery, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

(2012-2014) 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

 Invitational Exhibition, Christine Holtz, Curator. Donald Shook Gallery, St. Charles Community College,MO.

2010:

Drawing Exhibit, 3 Artists, Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, MO

2 Artist Exhibit: Farrell Learning Center Gallery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

 Liquid Measure: Invitational Ceramics Exhibit, Edwardsville, IL

 Natural Elements/Abstracted Form, 3 person show, Kathryn Norhorsic, Curator, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL

2009:

Concurrent, Artists-in-Residence Show, Craft Alliance Grand Center, St. Louis, MO

Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Craft Alliance Exhibition Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Material Attraction/Diverse Reactions III, Invitational Ceramics Exhibition, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL

2008:

Fire to Figura, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA

New Faces of Craft, 3 people show. 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, Sacramento, CA

 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,Sacramento, CA,

Visions in Clay, the Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

2004:

Retreat, Masters’ Thesis Show, Robert Else Gallery, CSUS, Sacramento, CA

2002:

Renaissance ’02, Steven Lee Yamshon 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

  Awards / Juried Shows / Competitions   

11th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament 18, Clay Arts Museum, Houston,Texas  2018

 Identi TEA, Teapot Trail: the Racine-St. Louis Connection, Juried by Bruce Pepich, Craft Alliance, St. Louis,MO  2018

Biomorphic,  Juried by C.J. Jilek, American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMACA) Pomona, CA  2016

MOVE, St. Louis Artist Guild, Juried show. 2015

The Patricia Weir Mynka Memorial Exhibition, Black Burn College, IL First-Place Award.  2011

Contemporary Narrative, Juried Show Drawings, Foundry Art Center,   St. Charles, MO  2011

Grape Arts, Art St. Louis. Best of Show- Drawing  2011

Remix, Art St. Louis Juried Exhibition Series, Three-Artist Installation, St. Louis, MO   2010

41st Mid-States Craft Competition, Jane Sauer Juror, Evansville Museum, ID     2009

Potters Council Juried for 2010 Ceramic Sculpture Calendar  

Visions in Clay: 2005 National, First Place Award, the Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, CA                                                                   

2003     Robinson Increase Memorial Award, Robert Else Gallery, CSUS, CA  

Rancho Santiago Show, Aardvark Clay Award, Rancho Santiago, CA  2000

California Ink and Clay Show, California Polytechnic University, CA  2000

Collections/Art in Public Spaces

William &Florence Schmidt Art Center &Museum, Permanent Collection, Belleville, ILL Wall Sculpture

The Donna Moog T-pot Collection Racine Fine Craft Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

The New St. Mary’s Hospital, Ceramic Tile Installation, Jefferson City, MO

The Sonny Kamn International T-Pot Collection, Los Angeles, 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 corporate Headquarters, Lobby Mosaic Panels, 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

Publications, Catalogs and Reviews

Artists-In-Residence 10 year Anniversary Exhibition Catalog, 2018 Craft Alliance Center of Art+Design

Poetry of the Wild /Fusion, catalog produced by UMSL, curator Anna Flores, August 2014

Exposure 16: Primal Forms, catalog produced by the University of MO, St. Louis, and curator Terry Suhre, September, 2012

St. Louis BeaconSt. Louis, MO, Ivy Cooper Review for Remix, February 3, 2010

St. Louis Post DispatchSt. Louis, MODavid 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 RecordStockton CA, Paula Sheil Review, August 10, 2004

The Sacramento BeeSacramento, CA, August 8, 2004

Ceramics Art and Perception, 2003, Issue 54, pg. 42

Sacramento News and ReviewSacramento, CA, July 10, 2003

Sacramento News and ReviewSacramento, CA, December 20, 2001

Ceramics Monthly, February 1998, pg. 20

St. Louis Post DispatchSt. Louis, MO, Review June 4, 1998

Professional Experience                         

Teaching

Adjunct Professor- Ceramic Arts, St. Louis Community College, Meramec Campus        2014 to present

Adjunct Professor- Ceramic Arts, McKendree University, Lebanon IL 2012-2014

Adjunct Professor, Ceramics Arts, STLCC, Florissant Valley Campus  2008

Instructor Craft Alliance Center of Art+Design, St. Louis, MO  2008-2015

Teaching assistant for Drawing, Art History, Ceramics California State University, Sacramento CA  2003 -2004

Artist Lectures/ Workshops / Residencies

Workshop Presenter: Donor Memorial Tiles for Mid-America Transplant Services, St. Louis, MO 2015

Keynote speaker: the International Woman in the Arts Conference, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO 2014

Selected Presenter: the International Paper clay Symposium, Laguna Beach, CA  2010

Lecture:  Influence of Selected 20th Century Women Artists, Washington University St. Louis, MO  2009

Workshop: Cone 5-6 Glaze Decoration, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO 2009

Artist in Residence [9 months], Craft Alliance Grand Center, St. Louis, MO 2008

Visiting Artist and Speaker (fall) California State University, Sacramento, CA  2007

Visiting Artist and Speaker (spring), Webster University, St. Louis, MO  2007

Lecture: Sculptural Possibilities with Paper Clay, Webster University, St. Louis, MO  2006

Workshop: Sculptural Possibilities with Paper Clay, St. Louis Community College,   Florissant Valley  2006

Workshop:  Paper Clay Techniques for Ceramic Sculpture, Krueger’s Pottery, St. Louis  2005

Workshop: From Craft to Art in the Ceramic Medium, CSUS Art Club, Sacramento, CA  2003

Community Experience 

Board Member – Webster Groves Arts Commission.  2008-2018

Juror:

Student show Craft Alliance Art+Design Center, St. Louis, MO 2018

Belleville 100 National, Belleville, Illinois 2017,2018, 2019

Mid-West Salute to the Arts, Fairview Heights, IL- 2013 and 2014

Webster Arts, Webster Groves, MO-  2016,2018

 Education

Masters of Studio Art. (60 credit hour program)   California State University, Sacramento, CA (CSUS)

 Post BAC 30 credit hours. Art History and Drawing. CSUS.

4years Ceramic Studies. Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX

 Bachelor of Art   Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO