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John Melvin

2442 NW Market St #497
Seattle, WA 98107, U.S.A.
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 John Kenneth Melvin is an American born multi-disciplinary artist producing work in the public realm.  Melvin has a strong commitment to a material investigation guided by conceptual practice.  Centered in this investigation is his intent to distill a meaning of ecology relevant to culture. 


Melvin inspires cross-cultural exchange and his work takes him all over the world.  He manifests his work in the form of commissions, residencies, and exhibitions nationally in the United States, as well as internationally in Scotland, France, Italy, Greece, and Ukraine.  With nearly 14 years of international exhibitions, Melvin’s work connects communities from all over the world and engages them in contemporary dialogue.   Notable examples include EvoCrawler, MountainTop, KYDA, Alpha Omega, Wonderland, and the Aven Project, and all are documented online.  

Melvin earned his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, a Post-Baccalaureate from the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France, and received his MFA in 2009 from the San Francisco Art Institute.



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John Melvin is an international artist intent on distilling a meaning of ecology relevant to society.  He typically up-cycles materials that have passed their traditional use.  Much of his practice is intended or situated in the public realm. 




2009     MFA, San Francisco Art Institute

2005     Post Baccalaureate in Studio Arts, Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France

2004     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1997-8  University of Washington, Pre-Architecture Undergraduate Studies


Grants, Awards, Honors, Etc.


2017                 Artist in Residence, 1961 Art Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2016                 Residency with World Monuments Fund (Plastic Pollution), Siem Reap, Cambodia

2016                 Site Specific Commission, The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina

2016                 Artist in Residence, Jentel Foundation, Wyoming

2015                 Artist in Residence, La Napoule Foundation, FRANCE

2015                 U.S. Embassy Funded Artist in Collaboration, Gogol Fest, UKRAINE.

2014                 Artist Stipend, HUMUS PARK, Land Art Biennale 2014, ITALY

2013                 Juror for Fairbanks 64th Parallel Annual Art Show, Alaska.

2010                 Residency for Commission at GogolFest 2010, Kiev, UKRAINE

2009                 Artist Assistant to Patrick Dougherty, Upper Crust, San Francisco

2008                 Lance Fung curatorial Intern for Lucky Number 7, SITE Santa Fe 2008 Biennale

2008-9              San Francisco Arts Commission, Stipend for Temporary Projects in Natural Settings

2007-9              SFAI Graduate Study Grant

2005                 Grant from the Chaney Foundation, Carnation, WA (Aven Project grant)

2005                 Fellowship for the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art

2004                 Graduated with Distinction & Departmental Award, Massachusetts College of Art


Lectures given at, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Pont Aven School of Art, San Francisco Arts Commission, Fairbanks Art Association, Friends of Lake Merced Association, Ukrainian arts Festival (Gogolfest), and many more.


 Exhibitions – INCLUSIVE->>>


Solo Show, 1961 Art Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia

RESIST, group show, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ


Solo Exhibit, Site Specific Installation, Chateau La Napoule, France

Truth With Lies, Solo Exhibit, Gallery E23, Naples, Italy

Solo Exhibit, The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, North Carolina


CancerUS v1, Multiple Site Specific Installations, Mandilieu-La Napoule, France

Senza Confini, Campi Flegrei Land Art Festival, Lago Averno, Italy

KYDA, Collaboration for GogolFest, Kiev, Ukraine

Anacortes Juried Art Show, Juror: Stefano Catalini (BAM), Anacortes WA


DARK, Arc Gallery, San Francisco

SANTORINI BIENNALE, 2nd edition,  Curator: Kikos Papadopulos; Greece

HUMUS PARK, Land Art Biennale, Pordenone, Italy

SUVA Faculty Show, Florence Quater Gallery, Tucson, AZ


Aven Redux, Solo Exhibition, America’s Cup, 7 on Locust, Mill Valley, CA

Ice Pods, Solo Exhibition, Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco, CA


LaGrange National Biennial XVII, LaGrange Art Musuem/Lamar Dodd Center, Georgia

Gallery 110 Annual Juried Exhibition, Curator: Nora Atkinson, Gallery 110, Seattle WA


Alpha Omega Monument, Site Specific Installation, Grand Rapids Public Museum, ArtPrize 2011

Museum of Pocket Art 1st Retrospective, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Ramp Gallery, Solo Exhibition, SOMArts,  Curator: Justin Hoover, San Francisco


Commission for GogolFEST 2010, Dovzhenko Film Studios, Kiev, Ukraine

5th National Exhibition, Juror, Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery, Axis Gallery, Sacramento

Borders, Root Division, San Francisco

Denizen, Curator: Niki Shapiro, Lobot Gallery, Oakland

Salon des Refuses, Curator: Stuart Keeler, Americans for the Arts Public Art, Baltimore Marriott

Eidolon, Climate Theater, San Francisco

21 Projects, Royal None Such Gallery, Oakland California

"My San Francisco: A Neighborhood Mashup", Cents Collaboration, ZEUM, San Francisco Children’s Museum

Invisible Homes, CENTS collaboration, SOMArts, Curator: Justin Hoover, San Francisco



RAW, Root Division, curator & exhibitor, San Francisco

Wonderland, CENTS collaboration, Curator: Lance Fung, San Francisco

Fresh Young Things, Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento

Transformations Fragiles, L’Atelier de la Gare, FRANCE

SFAI MFA Vernissage, Herbst Pavilion, Ft. Mason, San Francisco

Z-Axis, Curator: Eric Araujo & Ross Campbell, Lobot Gallery, Oakland

Everything for Nothing or Something, Curator: Stephanie Dodes, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco

Aurora Borealis Art Experience, Curator: Nick Miller, SFAI Courtyard

Soft Transgressions, Curator: Donald Daedalus, 2565 3rd St




Dream On! Juried Group Exhibition, Mission 17

Weather Reconnaissance, Garage Biennale; The Garage

Art For Kid’s Sake, Charity Auction

Y-Axis, Collaborative Installation, Diego Gallery

Root Division’s 7th Auction, Root Division

Drawing Show, Group Show ( C.Jackel &  R.Minervini, curators), Diego Rivera

CloudV2, Solo Show, Swell Gallery

Continuing MFA Show, Diego Rivera

Transformations, Barry Beach curator, Clara Street Projects

Lucky Number 7, Santa Fe Biennale, Hiroshi Fujisan’s Opera Project participant

Art&Language, Group Show curated by Laura Poppiti, Swell Gallery

Wilderness, Group Show curated by Ben Echeveria, Swell Gallery

Reflection(s), Collaborative Installation, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, California


City Traffic, group show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, California

18v5, site-specific install above US HWY 101, San Francisco

Printmaking Currents 2007, national juried exhibition, Print Arts Northwest, Portland, Oregon

4 in 1, curatorial, group show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, California


MAC 2006, Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France

Pont Aven Group Show, Mack B Gallery, Sarasota, Florida

Aven Project, 29 Scrims on 2km of river & solo expo at CIAC, Pont Aven, France

Convergence, curated by Nana Gregory; Tolbooth Art Gallery, Kirkudbright, Scotland.


Telethon, Nationwide Charity Fundraiser, France,

Obsessions, curated by Nana Gregory; CIAC Gallery, Pont Aven, France

Chez Yannig, Artist’s Collective, Quimper, France

Les Jardins de Rospico, In-Situ Installation, Nevez, France (collaboration with France 3 TV)

Spartz of Arts, CIAC Gallery, Pont Aven, France

ENCRAGE, Drawing Marathon & Expo, L’Association CONTREPOIDS, Duarnenez, France

Expo PSCA – Post Bac Group Show, CIAC Gallery, Pont Aven, France


South Boston Open Studios, The Distillery, Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts College of Art Senior show, group show, Boston

Massachusetts College of Art All School show (juried exhibition), group show, Boston

Perspectives Gallery, Cambridge, MA, two person show­­­


South Boston Open Studios, The Distillery

Massachusetts College of Art Final Show, group show



Selected Publications

Vernissage de l’EvoCrawler, GILLES MASSÉ, Nice-Matin (Cannes), July 19th, 2016, CAN B1, p22

Sculpture Resident Artist Announced at The Bascom in Highlands, NC, Carolina Arts, April 2016, p28

Land Art: le opera nella natura diventano un evento sociale, IL-MATTINO, Nazionale, October 4, 2015, p43

HUMUS PARK,, May 31, 2014,

Prime Visite guidate a Humus Park, Messaggero di Pordenone, June 7th, 2014, p26

HUMUS Park, Anna Castellari, NEURA MAGAZINE, #69, June 2014, p20

DALLA NATURA ALL ‘UOMO ALLA NATURA, Erica Marson, OTTAGONO, 272 – 7/1/2014, p16-25, p21

“ArtPrize 2011 begins”, Wood TV, Sept. 22, 2011

“Nailing an entry for Artprize”, Matt Gade, AP / Detroit News.  Sept. 17, 2011: front page, Metro Final

“Wonderland brightens Tenderloin, artists' spirit”, Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle.  Nov. 8, 2009, C1&2

 “Fresh Young Things: New Talent from Northern California”, Foster, Tim., Midtown Monthly. July 2009: 24

Getting Fresh”, Shafiee, Shoka, Sacramento News and Reviews, d’art picks section. July 9,