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Welcome!   Updated: April 22, 2014

Recent Updates: 

I am only teaching two classes this summer, and as of April 21, I am equally happy and sorry to say that both classes are now full.


I’m currently taking some time to work in my own studios and on personal projects, and I’ve planned a (relatively) quiet 2014. 

However, I am participating in 8-9 invitational exhibitions. The first 6 are listed below. 

I’m very pleased to have recently 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.

Soon, I (still!) plan to add an entire year’s worth of work to the site, including a new installation project page, new books and paper works, and new MakerCentric pages. 

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

Summer / Fall 2013 Exhibitions:

May 10 - June 20: Humans Being 2, curated by Riva Lehrer, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL

June 10 - ongoing: (solo) Installations at Seastone Papers and Featherstone Center for the Arts, on Martha's Vinyard, MA

July 27 - August 31: The 750 Show, ZIA Gallery, Chicago, IL

August 29 - October 5: Unbound: Artists' Books by Jentel Residents, curated by Mary Jane Edwards, Sagebrush Arts Center, Sheridan, Wyoming

October 4 - 25, Synesthetic Texts (solo exhibition), Kalamazoo Book Arts, MI

October 17 - ongoing: Intertext, outdoor installations, St. Louis, MO

October 20: Fall Salon / Artwalk, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, as part of Chicago Artists Month.

November 30 - January 4: Gallery Artists Group Show, ZIA Gallery, Chicago IL

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've recently returned from two months on the road, enjoying a residency at the Ragdale Foundation, the Watermarks conference, and a full fellowship residency sponsored by the Joan Mitchell Foundation at the Vermont Studio Center.  

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.


 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