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John Melvin

2442 NW Market St #497
Seattle, WA 98107, U.S.A.
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John K. Melvin is an international artist nurturing community dialog on a meaning of ecology relevant to society. 




2009      Masters of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA

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, USA


Grants, Awards, Honors, Residencies.


2019      Visiting Artist Residency, Siena Art Institute, ITALY

2019      Michigan Legacy Art Park Fellowship, Michigan, USA

2019      Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, Taos, New Mexico, USA

2018      Artist in Residence, I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, USA

2018      Inspired Fellowship at Elsewhere Studios, Arts in Society Grant, Colorado, USA

2018      Artist in Residence, Siena Art Institute, ITALY

2018      Sculpture Space Artist in Residence, funded in part by New York State Council on the Arts, USA

2018      Artist in Residence, Escape to Create, Florida, USA

2017      Artist Grant, Chenven Foundation

2017      Permanent Installation, Buffalo Creek Art Center, Nevada, USA

2017      Artist in Residence, Brickyard Fellowship, Mutainyu, CHINA

2017      Artist in Residence at 108, New York, USA

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

2016      Artist Stipend, Château de la Napoule, FRANCE

2016      Sculpture Fellowship, The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina, USA

2016      Artist in Residence, Jentel Foundation, Wyoming, USA

2015      Artist in Residence, La Napoule Art Foundation, Napoule, FRANCE

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

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

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

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

2007-9  San Francisco Art Institute, Graduate Study Grant, USA

2005      Aven Project Grant from the Chaney Foundation, Carnation, Washington, USA

2005      Fellowship for the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, FRANCE

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


Teaching & Lectures:


Host of Film Screening and Q&A, of “A Plastic Ocean” at: The REP Theater, Seaside, Florida, USA, 2018; The American Center, US Embassy, SIem Reap, Cambodia, 2017.  “Normal is Over”, Paonia Public Library, Colorado, USA, 2018. 

Artist Talks 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), Southwest University of Visual Arts, Chateau de la Napoule, The Bascom Center for the Arts, Java Gallery Phnom Penh, Inspired Symposium, Paonia.






Solo Exhibitions:



EntroTree, Public Unveiling, Permanent Installation, Utica Public Zoo, New York, USA

It is what it is, Public Art Sculpture, alley adjacent to Elsewhere Studios, Paonia, Colorado, USA


Curbing Entropy, June - December, Siem Reap International Airport, Arrivals Lounge, CAMBODIA

ROCK TRACE, Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall, CHINA

Curbing Entropy, 1961 Art Hotel, Siem Reap, CAMBODIA


EvoCrawler, Site Specific Installation, Château de La Napoule, FRANCE

Truth with Lies, Gallery E23, Naples, ITALY

Mountain Top, 2016 thru 2018, The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina, USA


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


Aven Redux, America’s Cup, 7 on Locust, Mill Valley, California, USA

Ice Pods, Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco, California, USA


Alpha Omega Monument, Grand Rapids Public Museum, ArtPrize 2011, Michigan, USA

Prints, Ramp Gallery, SOMArts, Curator: Justin Hoover, San Francisco, California, USA


CloudV2, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, USA


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


MAC 2006, Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, FRANCE


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


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


3000 Décisions, Site-Specific Installation, 2004 – 2008, MassArt Kennedy Building Atrium, Boston, Massachusetts, USA




RAW, Root Division, curator & exhibitor, San Francisco, California, USA

Wonderland, Project Director & CENTS, Curator: Lance Fung, San Francisco, California, USA


4 in 1, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA


Group & Collaborative Exhibitions – INCLUSIVE >>



Division, pop-up exhibit, Concierge Library, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, PUERTO RICO

Golf Triennial, arte_FITS.FOUNDATION, Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, PUERTO RICO

John Melvin & Anna Macleod, Pop-up exhibit, Elsewhere Studios, Paonia, CO, USA

SART Spring Show with Open Studio of John K Melvin, Siena Art Institute, ITALY

Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire, After Party, EntroTree, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, USA

Works in Progress Reception, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, USA


How Many Trees, with Anna Norton, Old Edwards, Highlands, North Carolina, USA

Green Festival, Meta House Gallery, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

RESIST, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, USA


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

KYDA, Collaboration for GogolFest, Kiev, UKRAINE

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


DARK, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

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

HUMUS PARK, Land Art Biennale, Pordenone, ITALY

SUVA Faculty Show, Florence Quater Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Continues >>



Group & Collaborative Exhibitions - Continued >>



LaGrange National Biennial XVII, LaGrange Art Museum, Georgia, USA

Gallery 110 Annual Juried Exhibition, Curator: Nora Atkinson, Seattle Washington, USA


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



Fresh Young Things, Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, California, USA

Transformations Fragiles, L’Atelier de la Gare, Locminé, FRANCE

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