Melanie Parke

Solo show with Kenise Barnes Fine Art
September 2016

Prince Street Gallery Juried by Graham Nickson
February 2016

WallFlowers @ Tory Folliard Gallery
January 2016

Luck of the Draw curated by Trent Miller @ Madison Public Library
January 2016

Open Pomegranate curated by Frankie Garner @ Curating Contemporary
January 2016

American Academy in Rome - Visiting Artist
November 2015

Going Big - Curated by Suzan Shutan & Susan Carr
New York, NY
August 2015

I am now represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY and Meyer Gallery in Park City, UT
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I was born in 1966 in Indiana where I showed my shaggy pony in 4-H club, was lousy at the uneven parallel bars on a gymnastics team, camped and canoed for fun, and aspired to sing in Up With People. I gravitated toward nature and the arts. Art school surpassed my wildest dreams, and I’m thankful for a couple of teachers who simply told me: You can do this. I took it to mean live as an artist and was optimistic enough to try. I moved to my family cottage in Leland, Michigan, waited tables and painted. I tried to figure out a way to make a life painting. In the early 90’s I proposed 30 artist in residence programs in the National Parks. It was a response to an era of censorship, the tumultuous culture wars and a declining National Endowment for the Arts. And it gave me a terrific opportunity to paint. I got 8 programs going right away and a bunch more exist today. I’m proud of that because besides my own painting I’m really interested in actively creating spaces where other artists can also thrive.

I love being part of the grand tradition of painting and the rich friendships it encompasses. I live in the tiny town of Chief, Michigan, population 13, with my husband, Richard Kooyman, who is also a painter.