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b.1962, Detroit, MI

E D U C A T I O N

1988 M.F.A. in studio practice, University of California, Davis

1986 B.F.A Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

S E L E C T E D S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S

2012 Useful Things (For Getting Lost), Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Was the Return Easier than the Getting Here? Platform Gallery, Seattle WA
2011 Kabinett #5, Melissa Pokorny and Andreas Fischer, Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago, IL
2009 Melissa Pokorny: Ultra, Richard Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
2008 Fall Together/Fall Apart, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA
2007 There/There, Front Room Gallery, New York, New York
2005 Object Lessons, Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 Panoplied, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
2002 New Work, Bodybuilder and Sportsman, Chicago, IL
2000 New Work, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
1997 New Work,Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco CA
1995 New Work, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco CA
1993 Between You and Me and the Bedpost, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1991 Introductions ’91, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

S E L E C T E D G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S

2012
upcoming--Elles:Platform, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
I Surrender: 5th Anniversary Show, Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago, IL

2011
Fast Forward, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN, curated by Paula Katz
On the Nothing New: Intertextuality in Contemporary Art, Richard Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, curated by Kaytie Johnson
Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
Fuse Work Goes To College, Central Connecticut State University Art Gallery, New Britan, CT. Curated by Ethan Crenshaw and Amanda Alic

2010
How Soon is Now: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Recent Acquisitions 2007-2009, Richard L. Nelson Gallery + Fine Art Collection,University of California, Davis

2009
The There, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
Ten Year Anniversary Show, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
From the Menagerie, two person exhibition, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY

2008
Scavenger Contstructs, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago
Shape Shifter, Curated by Jason Foumberg, Alfedena Gallery, Chicago
Multiples and Editions Vol.II, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
Recent Acquisitions, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles,

2007
Aqua Art Fair, Platform Gallery, Miami Beach FL
Bridge Art Fair, Front Room Gallery, Miami Beach
Fountain, Front Room Gallery, Miami
Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, NewYork,NY
DePauw Biennial, DePauw University,Greencastle,Indiana

2006
Unnatural Presence, Platform Gallery, Seattle
MixArt, curated by Lorelie Stewart, Gallery 400; Stephanie Smith, Smart Art Museum: Dominic Molon, Chicago MCA, and Lisa Dorin, Art Institute of Chicago. James Hotel, Chicago.
Fountain exhibit, curated by Daniel Aycock Front Room Gallery, New York, New York
Critics Select – Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch New Jersey.
It’s So Real, Front Room Gallery, New York, New York curated by Ann Cypcar

2005
AquaArt Fair at Aqua Hotel, Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Miami, FL
Spin/Spun-Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Chicago – two person show curated by Barbara Weisen

2004
Commission’04 – San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco – curated special edition boxed collection by Janet Bishop, Chief Curator, SFMOMA

2003
SCULPT – Central Illinois Sculptors – McClean County Arts Center, Bloomingtonn, IL
Stray Show, Bodybuilder and Sportsman – Chicago, IL
Artpoint at Art Basel/Miami- group show of work by artists outside of major metropolitan areas – curated by Janet Phelps, NYC and Dominick Molon, MCA Chicago
Loaded, Midway Contemporary Art, St.Paul, MN
The Future Is Now Right – I Space, Chicago IL

2002
40 Oakland Artists, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

2001
O! the Wall, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago
Lifelike, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Kickback, faculty show, Worth-Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley

2000
Boom-Boom, faculty show, Worth-Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley

1998
SAP, Hotel show at Hotel Lanai, San Francisco. Co-Sponsored by Four Walls and Scene/Escena, San Francisco, CA

1997
Bay Area Now, Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, , San Francisco, CA

1995
Fabricators: New Bay Area Sculpture, Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA
Pretty, Food House, Santa Monica, CA
Big Jesus Trashcan, Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA

1994
Happy Hands, Victoria Room, , San Francisco, CA
20th Anniversary Alumni Show, Southern Exposure, , San Francisco, CA
Addressing Herself, The LAB, San Francisco, CA

1992
From the Studio; Recent Painting and Sculpture by 20 California Artists, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Real Tears, curated by Glen Helfand, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

H O N O R S A N D A W A R D S

2010 Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship

2010 Research Board Grant, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

2010 Creative Research Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois,Champaign-Urbana

2005 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant

2004 Research Board Grant, University of Illinois

2002 Research Board Grant, University of Illinois

1996 Finalist, 1995-1996 SECA award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1995 San Francisco Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award in Visual Arts

1994 Creative Artist Fellowship, City of Oakland Cultural A!airs Commission 991 Honorable Mention, Crocker Kingsley Annual, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Cash Award, First Place in Sculpture, Matrix International, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1987 Distinguished Scholar Research Award, University of California, Davis

Represented the Davis Art Department at the 4-Arts Festival Workshop with Rachel Rosenthal. Three day workshop, University of California, Irvine, CA

1986 University of California Graduate Fellowship, two year academic achievement award

Jurors choice award, student exhibition, Southern Illinois University , Edwardsville, IL

C O L L E C T I O N S

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Oakland Museum of California

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive – gift of Peter and Eileen Norton Family Foundation

Orange County Museum of Art – gift of Peter and Eileen Norton Family Foundation

Richard Peeler Art Center, DePauw University

Nelson Museum, University of California, Davis

Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles - gift of Michael Darling

T E A C H I N G A N D R E L A T E D E X P E R I E N C E

2007-current
Associate Professor of Sculpture, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois

2008-2010
Chair, Painting and Sculpture Programs, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois

2001-2007
Assistant Professor of Sculpture, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois

2001-1999
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

2001-1998
Visiting Artist in Sculpture/Graduate Division, San Francisco Art Institute

1998-1995
Visiting Lecturer, Art Department, University of California, Davis

1995
Artist’s Committee, San Francisco Art Institute
Curatorial Committee, The LAB, San Francisco, CA

1995-1989
Instructor, Ohlone College, Fremont Ca

1991
Visiting Lecturer, California State University, Stanislaus, Modesto, CA

P R I N T B I B L I O G R A P H Y

Kangas, Matthew, Seattle:Melissa Pokorny, Platform Gallery, Sculpture Magazine,November 2011

Cassandra Neyenesch, “Melissa Pokorny There/There”, Brooklyn Rail, June 2007

R.C. Baker, “Best in Show:Melissa Pokorny,” Village Voice, May 2-8, 2007, p.56

Elms, Anthony, “What Have You Left Me?”, essay in exhibition catalogue for Spin/Spun,Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage.

Kenneth Baker, “Pokorny at Anglim”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 29, 2004

Fred Camper, “Ordered Disorder”, Chicago READER, April 5, 2002 p.31

Harry Roche, “Lifelike at New Langton”, ArtPapers, Fall 2001

Mark Van Proyen, “San Francisco e-mail, Melissa Pokorny at Gallery Paule Anglim”, Art Issues,Summer 2000

Lindsey Westbrook, “ Over There: Visual Arts”, East Bay Express, March 17, 2000

Glen Helfand, “Critics Choice – Art”, San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 22-28, 2000

David Bonetti, “Gallery Watch - Melissa Pokorny at Paule Anglim”, San Francisco Examiner, March 24, 2000, p C-11

Kenneth Baker, “Critics Picks”, San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 2000, p.D1

Glen Helfand, “ Fabricators: New Bay Area Sculpture”, New Art Examiner, Dec. 1995, p.36

David Bonetti, “Arts Ugly Ducklings”, San Francisco Examiner, Weekend’ section, p. C1, September 29, 1995

Harry Roche, “Melissa Pokorny, Sculptor”, San Francisco Bay Guardian, ( Special Goldies edition) p.29.43, September 11, 1995

Harry Roche, “Critics Choice: Fabricators”, San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.87, September 11, 1995

Kenneth Baker, “Sculptors Share Material Vision in Fabricators”, San Francisco Chronicle, p.E3 September 12, 1995

Terri Cohn, “Preview: Fabricators: New Bay Area Sculpture”, Artweek, p. 25, September 1995

Maria Porges, “ San Francisco in Review: Melissa Pokorny at Paule Anglim”, Artforum, p.104, May 1995

Harry Roche, “Critics Choice: Melissa Pokorny”, San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.71, March 29, 1995

Randal Davis, “Big Jesus Trash Can at Victoria Room”, Artweek, p.33, March 1995

Michael Darling, “Pretty at Food House”, Artweek, p. 38, March 1995avid Bonetti, “Gallery Watch”, San Francisco Examiner, p. D3, February 10, 1995

Sylvia Rubin, “State of the Art in the Bay Area”, San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, January 13, 1995

Erin Blackwell, “Happy Hands”, New Art Examiner, p.44, November 1994

Maria Porges, “San Francisco in Review”, Sculpture magazine, p.53, Nov/Dec, 1994

Kenneth Baker, “San Francisco in Review, Happy Hands at Victoria Room”, ArtNews, p.146, December 1994

Kenneth Baker, “Happy Hands”, San Francisco Chronicle, p.E4, Sept. 10, 1994

Harry Roche, “Critics Choice: Happy Hands”, San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.69, September 7th, 1994

Roberto Friedman, “Fetish Furniture”, Bay Area Reporter, p.35, August 25, 1994

David Bonetti, “State of the Art Revisited”, San Francisco Examiner, June 3, 1994

Marcia Tanner, “Artists Work at Southern Exposure’s 20th Anniversary Show”, San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, May 8, 1994

Kenneth Baker, “Bad Girls Do Cry”, San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, February 13, 1994

Glen Helfand, “Transforner”, SF Weekly, February 2, 1994

Diana Ketcham, “Artwork in an Unpretentious State”, Oakland Tribune, July 6, 1992

Kenneth Baker, “Studio Show a Bright Light in Dark Times”, San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, July 5, 1992

David Bonetti, “Real Tears”, San Francisco Examiner, March 13, 1992

David Bonetti, “S.F. Dealers’ Show of Shows”, San Francisco Examiner, July 12, 1991

Victoria Dalky, “The Sound of Distant Echoes”, Sacramento Bee Encore Magazine, December 22, 1990

Bay Area Now, Center For The Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

Fabricators: New Bay Area Sculpture, Center For The Arts, San Francisco, California

Addressing Herself, the LAB, San Francisco, California