ARTIST BIO

Born in the seaport town of Newport, Oregon, Melanie Ferguson's interest in art was richly influenced by her ocean surroundings and nourished by studying and working with coastal artists and native elders. She experimented with many artistic forms of expression, subsequently focusing on the properties of hand blown sheet glass and the theory of "painting with light", evolving a personal narrative style applied to architectural and commercial glass commissions. This venture in glass grew to include a love for the process of graphic design which prompted a move to Washington State's Puget Sound in 1983 where she later studied Visual Communication at Northwest College of Art. Following a three-year placement as designer and account manager for a leading Puget Sound advertising agency, Melanie firmly established herself as a freelance agent specializing in branding identity and product design, serving corporate, municipal, and non-profit clients from 1990 - 2005. A longtime desire to live in the Southeastern United States initiated a move to the state of Georgia where she began full-time study in contemporary ceramics at Roswell Art Center West in 2007, exploring the sculptural quality of hand-built form and the narrative grace of surface with a special focus on wood, soda, and atmospheric firing. Today, her works are exhibited nationally and internationally as she continues her artistic exploration of sculptural form and surface from her Loch Highland studio near Roswell, Georgia.

 

CV: Melanie Ferguson

EDUCATION

2008-2013 Art Center West, Roswell, GA - Atmospheric Firing

2007-2011 Art Center West, Roswell, GA - Handbuilding: Contemporary Ceramics

1984-1987 Northwest College of Art and Design, Poulsbo, WA - Visual Communication

 

EXHIBITIONS: (Select)

THIS IS WHAT CLAY CAN DO: A Meditation
June 13 - July 29, 2017. Gallery Artists Group Exhibition, Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

MAKING IT IN CRAFTS III: National Invitational Exhibition
May 12 - August 27, 2017. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN

CONTEMPORARY SHOWCASE: Howard/Mandville Gallery
March 11 - April 2, 2017. Gallery Artists Group Exhibition, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

FICTITIOUS FIBER - Group Invitational Exhibition
October 7 - November 11, 2016. Curated by Jane Sauer, Tansey Contemporary Santa Fe, NM

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT - Cavin-Morris Gallery
September 8 - October 8, 2016. Featured Artist, Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

12th ANNUAL WARSAW CERAMICS FAIR, Ceramics On The Web Invitational
June 11, 2016. Polish Ceramic Association, Warsaw, Poland

MAVERICK: The NEW at Cavin-Morris Gallery
February 18 - March 26, 2016. Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

WINTER SHOWCASE: New Works by Gallery Artists, Haward/Mandville Gallery
February 18 - March 26, 2016. Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

DE LA NATURALEZA, Juried Exhibition
January 9 - March 6, 2016. Juror: Sherrie Hawk, Curator: Eric Rausch
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with Central Ohio Clay Arts (COCA), Columbus, OH

TWILIGHT BEFORE DAWN: Anna Zemánková

January 7 - February 13, 2016 Represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

POTTERY NORTHWEST UN-WEDGED 2015, Juried Exhibition

November 7 - 28, 2015. Juror: Richard Notkin, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

WORKING WOMEN: 36 Contemporary Women Artists, Invitational Exhibition

September 17 - November 3, 2015. Marian Graves Mugar Gallery at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH

RHIZOME! New Growth at Cavin-Morris Gallery

September 10 - October 10, 2015. Represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

ENFLAMED! New Ceramics at Cavin-Morris Gallery

June 15 - August 14, 2015. Represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

Pop Up Exhibition: Villa Stadtpark, Bochum Germany

May 17, 2015. Represented by Kunat Fine Arts Gallery, Kierspe Germany

IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES: 30 Years at Cavin-Morris Gallery

February 19 - March 14, 2015. Represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, Chelsea District, NYC

METRO CURATES New York City

January 22 - 25, 2015. Represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

ARKANSAS ART CENTER: 46th Collectors Show and Sale

November 14, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

ELEMENTALS: Women Sculpting Animism Group Exhibition

November 1 - December 13, 2014. Cavin-Morris Gallery, Chelsea District, NYC

MAKING IT IN CRAFTS II, National Invitational Exhibition

September 26 - December 28, 2014, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE: Clay, Not The Usual Suspects, Invitational Exhibition

September 25 - November 7, 2014. The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH

METRO MONTAGE XIV, Juried Invitational Exhibition

July 19 - September 14, 2014. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA

PRAISESONG FOR THE NUMINOUS, Group Exhibition

March 27 - April 26, 2014. Cavin-Morris Gallery, Chelsea District, NYC

INSIDE CHANDLER'S COVE, Solo Invitational Exhibition

April 10 - June 26, 2014. Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL

THE METRO SHOW, New York City

January 23 - 26, 2014. Represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC

RESTLESS II - A MIX, Group Invitational Exhibition

May 16 - August 16, 2013, Cavin-Morris Gallery, Chelsea District, NYC

AMBASSADOR J. CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Artists for Peace and Common
 Understanding between the Peoples of the Middle East and the United States, Juried Exhibition

April 4th – April 20th, 2013, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

THE ART OF HEALING: A Visual Arts Benefit, Juried Invitation Exhibition

October 2012. Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation / Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL

B12 BIENNIAL EXHIBITION, Juried Invitational Exhibition

September 2012. Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL

GEORGIA ARTISTS - A JURED EXHIBITION

April 2012. Abernathy Center for the Arts, Sandy Springs, GA

INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITION: Painting-Sculpture-Ceramic

March 2013. Sponsored by Usak Governorship, Usak Municipality, and Usak University, Usak Turkey

GEORGIA ARTISTS - A JURIED EXHIBITION

April 2011. Abernathy Center for the Arts, Sandy Springs, GA

 

CATALOGS & PUBLICATIONS (Select)

EARTH SKIN: New Ceramics at Cavin-Morris Gallery
2016. Issuu Online Exhibition Catalog
https://issuu.com/cavinmorris/docs/earth_skin

FICTITIOUS FIBER
2016. Exhibition Catalog. Tansey Contemporary Santa Fe, NM

MAVERICK: The New at Cavin-Morris Gallery
2016. Issuu Online Exhibition Catalog

UNWEDGED No. 5
2015. Exhibition Catalog. Pottery Northwest

WORKING WOMEN: 36 Contemporary Women Artists
2015. Exhibition Catalog. Marion Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Colby-Sawyer College

ENFLAMED: New Ceramics at Cavin-Morris Gallery
2015. Issuu Online Exhibition Catalog
http://issuu.com/cavinmorris/docs/test_12_a0d91c1d675dac

THE ARTIST OMNIVORE, Polymer Arts Magazine
Summer 2015 Edition; Featured Artist, Author: Donna Greenberg
www.thepolymerarts.com

INSPIRATIONAL Magazine
Feature Artist, Premier Issue: Autumn/Fall 2014. Editor/Author: John Hopper
thetextileblog.blogspot.com/

AMBASSADOR J. CHRISTOPHER STEVENS Memorial Exhibition Book
Publication date: 2015. John Natsoulas Gallery

2014 POTTERS COUNCIL CALENDAR – Juried Invitational
Cover Artist. October 2014 Featured Artist. Potters Council
www.potterscouncil.org

2014 POTTERS COUNCIL CALENDAR – A Sculpture Collection
June 2014 Featured Artist. Potters Council
www.potterscouncil.org

2013 RESTLESS II! - A MIX
2013. Issuu Online Exhibition Catalog, Cavin-Morris Gallery
http://issuu.com/cavinmorris/docs/restless_ii_-a_mix_catalog__3_

2013 POTTERS COUNCIL CALENDAR – A Sculpture Collection
November 2013 Featured Artist. Potters Council
www.potterscouncil.org

INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITION: Painting-Sculpture-Ceramic

March 2013. Sponsored by Usak Governorship, Usak Municipality, and Usak University, Usak Turkey

2012 LA COCINA MEXICANA: Many Cultures, One Cuisine
Authors: Marilyn Tausend, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita; Photographer: Ignacio Urguiza
Cartographer / Illustrator: Melanie Ferguson. University of California Press, October 2012 (Hardcover)
www.amazon.com

DAILY ART MUSE: Monday's Muse
March 4, 2012, Online Featured Artist
www.dailyartmuse.com/2013/03/04/melanie-ferguson-mondays-muse/

ARTKERAMICA RUSSIA
Featured International Artist Interview, July 11, 2011
Мелани Фергюсон (Melanie Ferguson) американская керамистка
http://artkeramica.ru/stati/full/132/