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Welcome!   Updated: November 5, 2014

I’m currently in residence again at the Ragdale Foundation, where I was surprised and quite honored to learn that I was selected to be the 2014 Prairie Fellow.

 Opening November 22nd, I’m happy to be included in ZIA Gallery’s annual group show, my final exhibition of 2014 (and first of 2015).

I’m honored to be included in Pulp Culture: Paper Is The Medium, opening September 21 and running through December 7 at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey.

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The Morgan Conservatory recently exhibited “Revive and Renew: Contemporary Artists and Eastern Papers” - an excellent show accopanied by a beautiful catalog, which contains short essays about the appeal of Eastern fibers by each artist.  Catalogs are available from the Morgan at $10 each plus shipping. 

             

I’m quite pleased to have had a work chosen to illustrate Aimee Lee’s article “Cultivating Hanji in America” in the Summer 2014 issue of Surface Design Journal. It’s a lovely layout.


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The  Project Journal for The Monitors is now live and up to date, including the latest installation!




I’m very happy to have a detail of LISTEN as the cover for the Summer 2014 issue of the Spoon River Poetry Review.



2014 Exhibitions:

February 22 - March 15, To Summon Spring, ZIA Gallery, Chicago IL

March 24 - June 1, Intertwined: Words and Art, University of Chicago Medicine Gallery, Chicago IL

April 4 - August 10, Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art, Mesa Art Museum, Arizona

April 25 - June 7, Fiber In Flux, Morgan Conservatory Group Exhibition, Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

June 20 - August 2, Pulp Mastery: Mary Ellen Long and Melissa Jay Craig, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado

June 20 - August 2, Paper Work, Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitian State University, Denver, Colorado

August 1 - September 20, Revive and Renew: Contemporary Artists and Eastern Papers, The Morgan Conservtory, Cleveland, Ohio

September 21 - December 7, Pulp Culture: Paper Is The Medium, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey

November 22 - January 2015, Gallery Artists Group Exhibition, ZIA Gallery, Chicago IL

Recent Updates: 

I was so pleased to have work in two simultaneous shows in Denver, Colorado, which opened June 20th and ran through August 2nd.

The venerable book arts gallery, Abecedarian, featured numerous paper-based book works, and, across the street at Metropolitan State University’s Center for Visual Arts were larger, non-book pieces in the group exhibition Paper Work.

I’ve added new pages to the site, including The Monitors, Paper in the Landscape, and 2D Paper.

I’m very pleased to have been featured in an article by Katie Rose McEneely in Sheridan Road Magazine, and to have a lovely, articulate mention in an interview with special collections librarian Allison Jai O’Dell in Fine Books and Collections Magazine.

Older News:

I was pleased to participate in Emily Martin's Pantone Postcard Project. I can’t keep up with all the places it’s been shown, so check out the page.

I'm very happy to have been included in Susan Mills' excellent podcast series, Bookbinding Now, interviewed by Meredith R. Winer, Founder/ Director of the innovative Transit residency program.

I'm honored to have been interviewed by the wonderful Nora Maynard for her series on Book Arts in the online section of the literary magazine Ploughshares.

I'm very pleased to be able to to offer you the  opportunity to read Without Words, an excellent interview by Richard Minsky for his column in Fine Books and Collections magazine, in the Autumn 2012 issue.

Here is another excellent Q&A interview by Shannon Gallagher for ZIA: Gallery. 

I'm proud to have contributed the back cover notes to Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking by Aimee Lee,  published by Legacy Press (October 2012).

I'm honored to be included in the 21 International Contemporary Paper Artists section of Helen Hiebert's new dvd, The Papermaker's Studio Guide, released in Fall 2012.

IdeaStream at WVIZ/NPR & 90.3WCPN radio in Cleveland, Ohio, devoted a show to Rust Belt Chic. I'm pleased to have been interviewed for David C. Barnett's segment, beginning at 8:40.

Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology is now available. I'm happy to be included in an article about odd early art activity by David C. Barnett: Tales of the Regional Art Terrorists.

I was honored to have been chosen as an inspiration for Laurie LeBreton's lovely paper installation River Song, in Inspired By: Celebrating Illinois Women Artists, August 24 - September 27 at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago.

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 I was pleased to see (S)Edition featured in a lovely article in Quiet Lunch Magazine.

I'm happy to have a few works included in 1000 Artists' Books, edited by Sandra Salamony and Donna and Peter Thomas. Available here or better yet, at your local bookstore.


  


© Melissa Jay Craig 2014