ABOUT  MELA   M.
Mela M.  lives and workes in Los Angeles, California . She studied at the Technological Institute of Art Textile Design in Vitebsk, Belarus where she received here M.F.A. and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California where she received an M.F.A. as well. 
ESSAY
Mela M.’s new paintings show us a disorienting picture of –what appears to be – an urban space in a state of queasy dislocation. Crossing lines and extruded rectangles remind us of the intersections, plazas, towers and other features of cityscapes; yet lines that resist parallelism, angles that are not right, and perspectival vistas that are incommensurate, ground these paintings more in abstraction than representation. If they were the features of our urban life, where would they be seen from: below from a careening car, or above from a pitching airplane? Not only is the viewpoint destabilizing, but the forms themselves are in a stage of deconstruction. In several of the paintings, the visual action is mostly around the edges, with empty space near the center, as if explosive energy had thrown, or centrifugal force were pulling, these forms back into formlessness. Here and there a small area in thick relief, a shape knocked askew, or the angling of the entire surface toward the viewer, push these paintings subtly into the realm of sculpture.

 All, however, is not chaos and decomposition; structure, recognizability, and a unifying color and tonal and textural variation, hold these painting within our compass of experience. Another recognizable aspect of these painting is their rootedness in the artistic tradition of Mela M.’s Russia. The Suprematist paintings by Malevich and his followers, from 1915 and the years following, serve as background for these new paintings, but gone are the flatness, bright color, and revolutionary rhetoric. Tatlin’s corner reliefs, with their tension and odd placement also, perhaps, contribute to the generic impurity of Mela’s paintings. Ultimately, Mela M.’s paintings do not belong in the last century, with its prediction and glorification of upheaval, they belong to the beginning of our new century, for they depict things we have now seen, yet cannot avert oure eyes from. 
       Richard Smith       Los Angeles area writer an critic.


MELA M.

Education:
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.M.F.A., Painting, May 2002
Technological Institute of Art Textile Design, Vitebsk, Belarus.M.F.A., Textile Design & Multiple Media, June 1992

Also studied at:
“Painting’s Edge”, Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CACrimson on Volga Arts College, Kostroma, RussiaMoscow Technological University, Moscow, Russia


Mela M. Curatorial Projects:

Marc Chagall Museum Curatorial Project 20011 “Wonderer Ship”:
This slide exhibition of 26 artists Curated by Los Angeles based artist Mela M.

MoCA Curatorial Project 2006 "From America": www.mocaminsk.com
This exhibition of 55 American artists from 26 cities, Curated by Los Angeles based artist Mela M.


Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions:

2017
Citrus College, Citrus Art Gallery, “The Only Way Out Is In”, Group Exhibit, Curated by Rochelle Botello, Glendora, Ca (March 1-May 12 )
Long Beach Museum of Art, "Abundant Bountiful & Beautiful" Group Exhibit, Long Beach, Ca (Nov. 10, 2016–March 19, 2017) 

2016
Long Beach Museum of Art, "Abundant Bountiful & Beautiful" Group Exhibit, Long Beach, Ca (Nov. 10, 2016–March 19, 2017)
TAM, Torrance Art Museum, Final Mas Attack, Torrance, Ca (Nov.) 
CSUDH Art + Design, Kobe Design University ESPAS Gallery-1, LA x KOBE Exchange Exhibit, “My Life”, Curated by Kaoru Hironaka, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan
Kobe Design University Art + Design, Art Department Gallery-2, LA x KOBE Exchange Exhibit, “My Life”, Curated by Kaoru Hironaka, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan
San Diego Art Institute, Mas Attack, San Diego, Ca (Jan.) 

2015
Masur Museum of Art, 52nd Annual Competition Curated by Benjamin M. Hickey & Sandra Firmin, Monroe, LA {March-June)
2014
Alexandria Museum of Art, 26th September Competition Curated by Stewart Nachmias, Alexandria, LA (Sept.-Nov.)

2013
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca
2012
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca

2011
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, "Chain Letter", Santa Monica,Ca (July 23-August 23)
Marc Chagall Museum, “Constructed Horizon”, Vitebsk, Belarus (March-April) Solo Ex
Marc Chagall Museum, “Obese Animals”, Vitebsk, Belarus (March-April) Solo Exhibition
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca

2010
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Cult Films Show, (March 29 -April 3, 2010)
Bunny Gunner Gallery, "For Roland", Pomona, Ca (Sept.10-Oct. 2)
643 Project Space "Spatial Conditions", Ventura, Ca (Feb.)
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca

2009
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca
Los Angeles; I-5 Gallery, “Small Paintings” Los Angeles, Ca(Oct.)

2008 
The 809 Gallery, “Cunstructed Shapes”, Solo Exhibition​, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada (February 27), (This exhibition was sponsored by Alberta College of Art + Design )
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca

2007
Riverside Art Museum, “Keeping it Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges in Contemporary Southern California Art”, Curated by Peter Frank, (This exhibition was sponsored by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation ) Riverside, Ca (Nov. 17-Jan. 12, 2008)​
Riverside Art Museum, “Painting’s Edge”, Curated by Peter Frank, Riverside, Ca (July-August- September)​ 
University of Redlands, Faculty 2007, Redlands, Ca (Sept/ Oct)​ 
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca​ 
Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, Ca (June)​ 
The Brewery Project, “Housguests”, Los Angeles, Ca (Feb.-May) www.SaveDarfur.org, www.hausgallery.com

2006 
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca​ 
Riverside Community College District, Landis Art Center Gallery, Faculty 2006, Riverside, Ca (Sept/ Oct)​
 MoCA Minsk, Museum of Contemporary Art, “View” Solo Exhibition​, (This exhibition was partially sponsored by the Durfee Foundation, Los Angeles, Ca), Minsk, Belarus (June-July)
MoCA Minsk, Museum of Contemporary Art, “From America”, This exhibition of 55 American artists from 26 cities, Curated by Los Angeles based artist Mela M., Minsk, Belarus​ Los Angeles;
 I-5 Gallery, “Small Paintings” Los Angeles, Ca

2005
 Crocker Art Museum, Crocker–Kingsley Exhibition, Juried by a painter Mel Ramos, Sacramento​ 
Colony Gallery, Curated by Mona Casey and Paul McAree, Birmingham, UK​ 
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, “Incognito” Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca​ 
Lawrence Asher Gallery, “Perspective: Linear, Spacial and Otherwise”, Los Angeles, Ca​ 
Tangent Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, “Double Take”, San Francisco, Ca​ 
UICA, Urban Institute / Museum for Contemporary Art, Portal Spaces, Solo Exhibition​, Grand Rapids, MI (This exhibition was supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts)  
Stellar Somerset Gallery, “Spatial Dimensions” Palo Alto, Ca Solo Exhibition

​2004 
Patricia Faure Gallery “Summer Camp”, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca​ 
Patricia Faure Gallery “White on White” Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca (March)​ 
Sacred Voice Gallery “2nd Annual Exhibit” Toronto, Ontario, Canada​ 
Duke University, Bryan University Center, Louise Jones Brown Gallery, “Spatial Space and Architecture”. (This exhibition was sponsored by Duke University), Durham NC Solo Exhibition​ 
CAM, Coos Art Museum “Expressions West 2004”, First Prize Winner, Juried by James Mattingly Professor of Art, Emeritus, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Coos Bay, OR​ 
Santa Barbara City College, Atkinson Gallery, Small Images 2004, Juror: Bennett Roberts of Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles CA, Santa Barbara, CA​ 
COCA, Center on Contemporary Art, Northwest Annual Exhibit, Juried by Ken Lum Professor of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, Seattle, WA
​SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, “Incognito” Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca​ 
LA Artcore, Wallworks, Juried by Alma Ruiz, associate Curator of MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, LA
​Tangent Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, “Double Take”, San Francisco, Ca. (March-May)
​Viridian Artist @ Chelsea, Slide Exhibition, 15th Annual Juried Exhibition, Juried by Charlotta Kotik, Curator of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, New York, NY​
The 10th Annual Los Angeles Art Show benefiting the Art Museum Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, Santa Monica, CA; Los Angeles Art Association

2003 
Phoenix Gallery “National Juried Competition”, juried by assistant curator Lilian Tone, New York Museum of Modern Art, Department of Painting and Sculpture, New York, (June/July)​ 
Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Solo Exhibition​, Ca 
Whittier Art Gallery & Association, “Space & Architecture”, Whittier Ca 
Solo Exhibition​ Bluebird Art House “New Drawings and Paintings”, Whittier, Ca 
Solo Exhibition ​Andrewshire Gallery, Los Angeles,Ca (Desember)
​Market Gallery, Three-person show, Los Angeles, Ca. (December)
​Wurdemann Gallery, “Transformations”, Los Angeles, Ca. (October)
​Clarion Gallery, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA (September)​
The Second City Council, “Why Art?”, juried by assistant curator Dr Rachel Teagle, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MoCASD), Long Beach, Ca. (August)
​The Office-An Art Space, “Brush”, Huntington Beach, Ca. (August / September)
​LA Artcore/Brewery Annex, “Wallworks” 20th annual juried competition (Third place winner) by critic, collector & art consultant Neil Menzies, Los Angeles, Ca. (May)
​Off Rose Secret Gallery, “Outside In”, Two-person show, Venice. Ca. (May
)​Los Angeles Art Association, Gallery 825, “Make Yourself at Home”, juried by Perry Tessel, Artbrokering .com, L.A., Ca. (April)
​I-5 Gallery, The Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, Ca. (April)​ 
B.J. Spoke Gallery, “EXPO XXII” National Juried Five Person Show, Selected by Susan Cross, assistant curator of New York Guggenheim Museum, Huntington, New York. (March)​
 Tangent Contemporary Art, “Cities and Memory”, San Francisco, Ca. (Mar-May)​ 
Los Angeles Art Association, “100% Natural” L.A., Ca. (February / March), juried by Barbara Drucker of UCLA Department of Art.​ “White Planes”, Juried by Michelle Isenberg, LA, Ca; Selah Artistic Giving Center, Story of Homelessness, Los Angeles, Ca

2002 
Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Ca (December)​ 
Crazy Space, “De Con Struct”, Installation / Performance, Three person Show, Santa Monica, Ca (October)​ 
Peggy Phelps Gallery, Solo Exhibition​, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Ca 
Solo Atrium Installation, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont Ca
 Solo Exhibition​ Bergamot Station Arts Center, bgh Main Gallery, “Memory & Metonymy” Santa Monica, Ca (Aug.) {Catalog} 
Solo Exhibition​ Off Rose Secret Gallery, “City Popps”, Three-person show, Venice. Ca (October)
​Hollywood Digital (LAAA), “An Exhibition of Twelve Artists” Hollywood, Ca (Sept.-Nov.)
​LA Art Association, “Location, Location, Location” Los Angeles, Ca (July)
​Hollywood Digital (LAAA), Hollywood, Ca (June/July/Aug.)​ 
Claremont Graduate University, Peggy Phelps Gallery Solo Show (May)​
 Claremont Community Foundation, Claremont, Ca (April)​
 Claremont Graduate University, Back Office Space, Claremont Ca. (Mar.)​ 
Claremont Graduate University, Front Office Space, Claremont Ca. (Jan.)

2001 
CGU Art Gallery “Insite Incite” Installation, Claremont Ca. (Dec. 10)​ 
Claremont Graduate University, Solo Atrium Installation, Claremont, Ca. (Nov.)​ 
Artist's Contemporary Art Gallery "Introductions", Sacramento, Ca. (July)​ 
Claremont Graduate University Art Gallery, Claremont, Ca. (May)​ 
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Ca. (Open Studios, May 10)​ 
Artist's Contemporary Gallery, “New Drawings” Sacramento, Ca Solo Exhibition​ S. Bay Area Arts Alliance Gallery, Gardena, Ca.​
 Harmony Works Gallery, Redondo Beach, Ca​ Santa Ana Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, Ca. (May)​ 
"How Original" Gallery, Laguna Beach, Ca. (Apr. -June)

2000 
Artist's Contemporary Art Gallery, Sacramento, Ca. (Dec.)​ 
Claremont Graduate University East Gallery "Fresh Meat", Claremont, Ca. (Oct.)​
 Harmony Works Gallery, “Space Continuum” Redondo Beach, Ca Solo Exhibition
​Harmony Works Gallery, Redondo Beach, Ca​ South Bay Area Arts Alliance Gallery, Gardena, Ca.​ 
Guggenheim Museum, Chapman University, Orange Ca (Honorable Mention-7th Orange Open)​ 
Santa Ana Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, Ca.

1999 
South Bay Area Arts Alliance Gallery, Gardena, Ca​
Articulture Gallery, Hermosa Beach, Ca (Dec)​
 Long Beach Art Gallery "Wheels Show", Long Beach, Ca​ 
South Bay Area Arts Alliance Gallery, Selected Paintings, Gardena, Ca 
Solo Exhibition​ Harmony Works Gallery Redondo Beach, Ca
​Articulture Gallery “Coming to Los Angeles”, Hermosa Beach, Ca. (Oct/Nov)

1998 
Diane McKinney Gallery, Venice, Ca​ South Bay Area Arts Alliance Gallery, Gardena, Ca
1997 Diane McKinney Gallery, Venice, Ca

1996 
Technological Design & Fashion College Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
Teahouse Gallery, Summer Garden, Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
Teahouse Gallery, Summer Garden, Small Paintings, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 
Solo Exhibition​ Nefski Prospect Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1995 
Technological Design & Fashion College Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
Technological Fashion College Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia ​
 Nefski Prospect Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
Baltiysky Dom Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1994 
Nefski Prospect Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin, near Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
Nefski Prospect Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia​
 Nevski Prospekt Art Gallery, Batik, Solo Exhibition​, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Technological Fashion College Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Solo Exhibition

1993
Nefski Prospect Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin, near Saint Petersburg, Russia​ 
State Art Gallery, Vitebsk, Belarus​ 
State Art Gallery, Minsk, Belarus 

1992
State Art Gallery, Vitebsk, Belarus (Catalog)
State Art Gallery, Minsk, Belarus​ 
Moskovsky Prospect Theatre, Vitebsk, Belarus​ 
Technological & Design Institute Space, Vitebsk, Belarus​ 
VTELP Institute Space, Vitebsk, Belarus, Solo (Final) Exhibition

1991 
Technological & Design Institute Space, Vitebsk, Belarus

1990 
State Art Gallery, Vitebsk, Belarus​ 
State Art Gallery, Minsk, Belarus (Catalog)​ 
Technological & Design University Space, Vitebsk, Belarus

1989 
Technological & Design University Space, Vitebsk, Belarus​
 Korovin Artist House Open Studios, Gurzuf, Crimea, Russia

1988 
Technological & Design University Space, Vitebsk, Belarus
1987 Technological & Design University Space, Vitebsk, Belarus​ 
Crimson on Volga Arts College Space, Kostroma, Russia

1986  
Crimson on Volga Arts College Space, Kostroma, Russia
​Moscow Technological University Moscow, Russia
1985 Moscow Technological University Moscow, Russia



Selected Public Collections:
​Long Beach Museum of Art, MoCA, 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk, 
Belarus​Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, OR
​Off Rose Secret Gallery, Venice Beach, CA​
Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
​South Bay Area Arts Alliance, Gardena CA​
Technological Institute of Art Textile & Design, Vitebsk, Belurus
​Crimson on Volga Arts College, Kostroma, Russia


​Awards & Grants:
​2014
Alexandria Museum of Art, 26th September Competition Curated by Stewart Nachmias, Alexandria, LA (Sept.-Nov.)
Honorable Mention Prize Winner.

2009
New American Painting, Pacific Coast Compettition Winner, January 2009

2006 
Durfee Foundation Individual Artist Grant, Santa Monica, Ca

2006 
Durfee Foundation Individual Artist Grant, Santa Monica, Ca

2005 
 UICA Portal Spaces Solo Show Winner, Grand Rapids, Michigan (December - March.)This exhibition was supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts​ Crocker Art Museum, Crocker–Kingsley Exhibition Award, Competition Winner, Juried by a painter Mel Ramos, Sacramento

2004  
First Award Prize Winner, CAM, Coos Art Museum, Juried by James Mattingly, Professor of Art Emeritus, Western Oregon University, Coos Bay, OR​ 
New American Painting, 2004 Pacific Coast Competition, Juried by Michael Klein, Curator of the Microsoft Art Collection, December

2003
EXPRO XXII National Juried Competition 5-person Show Winner, 
B. J. Spoke Gallery, Selected by Susan Cross, assistant curator of New York Guggenheim Museum, Huntington, NY (March)​ National Juried Competition, 2-person Gallery II Show Winner, Phoenix Gallery, juried by assistant curator Lilian Tone, 
New York Museum of Modern Art, Department of Painting and Sculpture, NY, NY​ 
LA Artcore / Brewery Annex, 20th Annual Competition Third Place Winner, juried by critic, collector & art consultant Neil Menzies, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Teaching Assistantship Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
2001 Tuition Discount Grant, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA


2000
7th Orange Open, Honorable Mention, Guggenheim Museum, Chapman University, Orange, First Award Winner, Riviera Village Festival, Redondo Beach, CA
1995 Fashion Design Education Grant, Technological Design and Fashion College, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1987–1992 
Student Fellowship Stipend, Technological Institute of Art Textile Design, Vitebsk, Belarus

1986-1987
Student Fellowship Stipend, Crimson on Volga Arts College, Kostroma, Russia.


Bibliography:

2009
New American Painting, Catalog, 2008 Pacific Coast Compettition. January 2009 
2008
The 809 Gallery pablication, "Constructed Shapes", Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada ,( February) 

2007
RAM, “Keeping it Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges in Contemporary Southern California Art”, by Peter Frank, Riverside, CA (Nov.)​ 
ArtScene, “Keeping it Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges in Contemporary Southern California Art”, by Peter Frank, Riverside, CA (Nov.)​ 
RAM, Director’s Statement, “Keeping it Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges in Contemporary Southern California Art”, by Daniel Foster, Riverside, CA (Nov.)
​CLARE Affairs, The Newsletter of the CLARE Foundation, “Art for Clare”, Santa Monica,Ca (Summer 2007 )

2006 
Radio Interview (7/4/06) on the Program “Two in the City” on the Radio Station “Culture” (FM 102.9) Mela M. interviewed by Uri Evanoski, Minsk, Belarus​ 
Central National TV station ANT on the show “Good Morning Belarus” Friday and Saturday June 16 & 17, 2006 Shown at about 8 in the morning, Minsk​ 
ArtScene “A Journey through The Flat World: The Virtual Architecture of Mela M.”(June 2006) ​ 
News from Belarus & Eastern Europe, The Being Times, "View" by Mela M. at MoCA Misnk, (June 6, 2006)​ 
Coagula Art Journal, “From America”, The exhibition of 55 American artists from 26 cities, Curared by Los Angeles based artist Mela M., Minsk Belarus (June 2006, #80, page 41)
​“A Journey through The Flat World: The Virtual Architecture of Mela M.” (Catalog)

2005 
RTHK, Radio/Television Hong Kong, China General Programs Section, TV Interview, Producer Tim Cheung, (July 17, 2005)​ Presented by the Kingsley Art Club and the Crocker Art Museum, “74th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition”, A Juried Competition for Ca Artists, January 29-March 13, 2005​ 
Crocker Art Museum, Catalog, January 2005​ 
Artweek, Editor Debra Koppman, Stellar Somerset Gallery, Previews, “Mela M. Spatial Dimensions” Palo Alto, CA, June 2005​ Scott Shields, “Croker-Kingsley 74th Exhibition”Crocker Art Museum, Catalog,Jan 2005​ 
Coagula, Lawrence Asher Gallery, “Perspective: Linear, Spacial & Otherwise”, Los Angeles, CA, March 2005​ 
Selah Artistic Giving Center, Story of Homelessness, Catalog, Los Angeles, Ca December- January,. 2005​ 
Azusanianesr Bread Crumbs, ” A wannabe Artist Personally Blogging a Life’s Happening in the Land of the Angels”, Mela M., Moto Okawa, www.motookawa.com, Tuesday, May 17, 2005

2004 
Christopher Knight, LA Times staff writer, “The Many Colors of White, Explored”, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, March 19, 2004
​New American Painting, Catalog, 2004 
Pacific Coast Competition, Juried by Michael Klein, Curator of the Microsoft Art Collection, December, 2004​ 
Jess Holl, “Signed up for ‘Summer Camp”, Galleries, Calendar Weekend, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, July 22, 2004​ Coos Art Museum, “The World”, “Expressions West 2004” Coos Bay Oregon, Friday, July 9, 2004​ 
Out and About, “Museum Offers Talk, Workshop”, Coos Bay, OR, May 10, 2004​ 
Presented by Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), Benefiting the Art Museum Council of LACMA, Catalog, Los Angeles Art Show, Santa Monica, CA, October 14-17,2004

2003 
Zucman, Glenn, “Strange Angels” Radio Interview, KBEACH.org., CSU Long Beach, CA, April 13, 2003.​
Harrison, Helen A., “Whose Paradise Is It, Anyway? Expo XXII”, New York Times, Arts and Entertainment, Long Island Edition, March 16, 2003
​Wallace, George, “Guggenheim Curator Picks Spoke Expo Artists”, The Long Islander, March 6, 2003​Sokolovskaya, Aleksandra, “People in America”, LA Panorama, January​Valerle Marrs, “Local artist exhibits in Whittier”, Whittier Daily News, Whittier, CA, December 31, 2003

2002  
Dr. Jeanne S. Willette, “Memory and Metonymy: Mela M. and Postmodern Painting”, Catalog,, June 2002​ 
Richard Smith, “Mela M.’s New Paintings… ”, Catalog ( May)​
 Mela M. Memory and Metonymy, Catalog,, June 2002

2001 
 “Master of Fine Arts-2002”, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, May

2000
 Frith, Stephanie, “Riviera Village Festival Reinvents Itself,” LA Times South Bay Weekly, April, 2000​ Easy Reader, April 27, 2000
1999 International Woman Magazine, LA Woman’s Show, June 1999


Charity Shows:
2013
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, “Incognito” Santa Monica Ca
2012
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, “Incognito” Santa Monica Ca
2011
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, “Incognito” Santa Monica Ca
2010
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, “Incognito” Santa Monica Ca
2009
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, “Incognito” Santa Monica Ca
2008 
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, “Incognito” Santa Monica Ca,​ Redlands Rotary Club, the University of Redlands Quarter for Kenya, Redlands, Ca (March 20)

2007 
SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, “Incognito”, Santa Monica, Ca (April)​ Art for CLARE Foundation, Santa Monica, Ca (June )​  
The Brewery Project, “Hausguests”, Los Angeles, Ca (Feb.-May) www.SaveDarfur.org, www.hausgallery.com

2006 
 SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca

2005 
 Selah Artistic Giving Center, “Story of Homelessness”, Los Angeles, Ca​ SMoMA, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, Incognito, Santa Monica, Ca All the Art for the Kids Foundation, Fullerton, Ca

2004 
 All the Art for the Kids Foundation, Philip Benizi Parish Hall, Fullerton, Ca (Oct.)

2003 
Beverly Hills Hotel, “House of Hope”, Charity Auction, Beverly Hills, Ca (Oct.)​ 
SHG, “Corazones De Aztlan – 4th annual show”, Los Angeles (March)​ 
All the Art for the Kids Foundation, Philip Benizi Parish Hall, Fullerton, Ca (Nov.)
​DCA Gallery “House of Hope”, Charity Auction Exhibition, Venice, Ca (Oct.)

2002 
All the Art for the Kids Foundation, Philip Benizi Parish Hall, Fullerton, Ca (Oct.)

1999 
Assistance League of Bakersfield Charity Art Show, Bakersfield, Ca


Teaching / Professional Experience:

2011
Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Adjunct Professor, Beginning Drawing (Spring/Fall)

2010
Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Adjunct Professor, Beginning Drawing (Spring/Fall)
Adjunct Professor, Special Topics Lab:Studio Art (Spring)

2009
 Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
 Adjunct Professor, Figure Drawing (Spring)
 Adjunct Professor, Beginning Drawing (Fall)

 2008 
Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA​ Adjunct Professor, Figure Drawing (Spring)​Adjunct Professor, Beginning & Intermediate Drawing (Fall)
University of Redlands​ Adjunct Professor, Beginning & Intermediate Painting (Spring)

2007
University of Redlands​ Adjunct Professor, Beginning & Advanced Painting (Fall)
Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA​ Adjunct Professor, Figure Drawing (Spring)​ Adjunct Professor, Beginning & Intermediate Drawing (Fall)

2006
Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga CA​ Adjunct Professor, Beginning & Intermediate Drawing (Spring / Fall)​ Adjunct Professor, Museums & Galleries (Fall)
Riverside Community College District, Norco College, Norco, CA​ Adjunct Professor, Art Appreciation (Spring / Fall)

2005  
Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA​ Adjunct Professor, Beginning & Intermediate Drawing (Spring / Fall)​ Adjunct Professor, Museums & Galleries (Spring)​ Adjunct Professor, Beginning Painting & Beginning Drawing (Summer)
Riverside Community College District, Norco College, Norco, CA​ Adjunct Professor, Beginning Drawing (Spring/ Fall)​ Adjunct Professor, Art Appreciation (Fall)

2004 
Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA​ Adjunct Professor, Two-Dimensional Design (Spring / Fall)​ Adjunct Professor, Museums & Galleries (Fall)

2003
Public Art Pre-Qualified Artist Pool, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (Public Works Department / Bridge Improvements)​Public Art Pre-Qualified Artist Pool, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (Parks & Recreation / Children’s Playground Improvements)

2000-2002 
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA ​Teaching Assistant (drawing & painting).

1993-1996
Technological Design and Fashion College, St. Petersburg, Russia.​Full-time Professor, figure drawing, painting, 2D design and fashion art history. Organized and managed a “Figure Drawing Club”.

1995-1996 
Cherkezovska Area Library, Saint Petersburg, Russia.​Instructor: drawing and painting

1993-1996
Central District, St. Petersburg Kindergarten #155, St. Petersburg, Russia. ​Instructor, painting, drawing, plastics, and decorative/applied arts for children ages 3 to 7 years in age. Managed exhibitions of children’s work.

1992-1994
“Kvint” LTD., Saint Petersburg, Russia.​Designer, Artist Designer for private company specializing in jewelry.

1990-1992
 Vitebsk Youth Center, Vitebsk, Belarus.​Instructor, painting and drawing. Managed exhibitions of students' work.

1987-1992
Technological Institute of Art Textile Design, Vitebsk, Belurus​ Textile Design & Multiple Media Student.

1985-1986 
Cherkizorviskya Library, Moscow, Russia ​ Instructor, painting. Managed exhibition of children’s artwork.



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Melas’ work has been seen at Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon, Santa Monica Museum of Art in Santa Monica, California and the Urban Museum of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Museum of Contemporary Art Minsk, Belarus, Patricia Faure Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, and other exhibition spaces.
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