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Art Department

Faculty - Melissa Brown

Professor Brown's prints and performances experiment with mass media systems such as currency, the lottery, Business Reply Mail, stamps, crime posters, and tourist postcards. Her images reinvent symbols and fragments from printed ephemera with intention to examine what passes through public hands on a daily basis.

She was a founding member of The Slow Jams Band, a collaborative performance group who have performed at the MOMA, PS1 in New York, the Nada Art Fair in Miami, and the Contemporary Art Center in North Adams, MA.

Many of her public print projects and performances solicit audience participation. For instance, "Time Booth," featured in Performa 07, invited pedestrians to "act-out" scenes from an original screen play using a Photo Booth machine installed at The journal gallery in Brooklyn.

Professor Brown has mounted solo exhibitions at the Bellwether Gallery in New York City and at Kenny Schachter Rove Gallery in London. Additionally, her work has been presented at Art in General, Socrates Sculpture Park, Artist Space and recently at Mass MOCA in Badlands.

Publications and Exhibits

Brown, Melissa. Solo Exhibition: Dotto Lotto, CRLab at Winkleman curated by Julie Chae New York, New York. DOTTO LOTTO is a public animation project that included drawings from over 2000 participants. Each participant submitted a drawing via Business Reply Mail, which became a single frame in the animation.

Group Exhibitions (2011)

  • Nada Hudson, Outdoor Sculpture Collaboration for CANADA, Hudson, New York
  • Summer Salt, Curated by Ingrid Dinter, The Proposition, New York, New York
  • Free Play, Kansas, New York, New York
  • Gumption, ZieherSmith, New York, New York
  • Paper A-Z, Sue Scott, New York, New York
  • Dadareah, Canada, New York, New York
  • Brown, M. (Group Exhibit) (May 24, 2008-April 12, 2009). Badlands. North Adams, Massachusetts: MASS MOCA.
  • Brown, M. (Group Exhibit) (2009, October 3). How to win the Lottery. Toronto, Ontario: First Canadian Place, Toronto Financial District.
  • Brown, M. (Group Exhibit) (2009, June 11-July 12). Paper Fortune. New York, NY: CANADA (Gallery).