Melanie Parke
Melanie Parke was born in 1966 in Indiana where her mother raises horses and her father researches Abolitionist histories. Growing up in a family that encouraged curiosity and adventurous pursuits, Melanie gravitated to nature and the arts. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she studied performance, voice, philosophy and painting. After art school Melanie moved to be near the fond memories of her family cottage in Leland, Michigan where she waited tables and tried to figure out a way to make a life painting. In the early 90’s she proposed 30 artist in residence programs in the National Parks, directly initiating 8 programs that exist today. Every summer she spends several weeks on the remote North Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. She lives in the tiny town of Chief, Michigan, population 13, with her husband, Richard Kooyman, who is also a painter.

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The Painters Table
Warm Springs Gallery
Charlottesville, VA
February 2014

I am now represented by Warm Springs Gallery

Lois Dodd Juried Show
Prince Street Gallery
New York, New York
February 2014

Still Life
Tory Folliard Gallery
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 2014

Fresh as Form
Curated by Aubrey Levinthal, Lauren Garvey and Derrick Quevedo, CuratingContemporary.com
April 2014

DIY
Curated by Julie Torres
TBA Bushwick Open Studios
Brooklyn, NY
June 2014

Not So Still Life
Water Street Gallery
Douglas, Michigan
July 2014

15th Annual Summer Show
Melanie Parke & Richard Kooyman
Old Art Building, Leland, Michigan
July 18,19,20 2014
Opening Friday, July 18, 5-8
Saturday & Sunday Hours 10 - 5

Invitational Artist Residency
Tuscany, Italy
November 2014

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I am now represented by the Ober Gallery in Kent, CT
and the Anne Irwin Gallery in Atlanta, GA

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What I Like About You
Parallel Art Space
Bushwick, New York
May 31 – June 30, 2013
Organized by artist/curator Julie Torres, 19 international artists are invited to Bushwick to select one work from a Brooklyn artist, and show that work alongside their own.

What I Like About You / North
Imogen Holloway Gallery
Saugerties, New York
May 26 - June 30, 2013
What I Like About You / North welcomes artists from around the globe to Saugerties, NY, via Bushwick, Brooklyn. Organized by Brooklyn Artist/Curator Julie Torres, hosted by Diane Dwyer, Director of Imogen Holloway Gallery, "What I Like About You/North" invites 12 international artists, in town to participate in Bushwick Open Studios in NYC, to showcase their work in this exciting, concurrent exhibit.

Artist Relief Project for Hurricane Sandy Victims
November 21 to December 17, 2012
The Artists Relief Project
50% of all the proceeds will be donated to the New York Foundation for the Arts for artist victims of Hurricane Sandy