Melissa Pokorny

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(b. 1962) Melissa Pokorny has been an exhibiting artist for over twenty years.  Her large scale, assemblage based sculptural works have been widely exhibited at venues across the US. Recent solo shows at Platform Gallery in Seattle, WA and Front Room Gallery in New York augment a long career of solo exhibitions, beginning with Gallery Paule Anglim, in San Francisco and continuing with Bodybuilder and Sportsman in Chicago.  Selected group exhibitions include venues such as Yerba Buena Gardens, Southern Exposure, Victoria Room, and New Langton Arts in San Francisco, FOOD Gallery in Los Angeles, Gallery 400, Columbia College, and The James Hotel in Chicago, and The Richard Peeler Art Center at Depauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana.   Her work is held in collections at Orange County Museum of Art, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Richard L. Nelson Museum at UC Davis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Richard Peeler Art Center at Depauw University.

Pokorny received her MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1988. She began her career in the San Francisco Bay area before relocating to Urbana, Illinois in 2001, where she is an Associate Professor in painting and sculpture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Awards include a Creative  Artist Fellowship, from the City of Oakland (CA) Cultural Affairs Commission, Illinois Arts Council Grant, multiple and generous research grants from the University of Illinois, and most recently, a 2010 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship.  An upcoming solo show titled “Was the Return Easier than the Getting Here?” opens at Platform Gallery in Seattle in February, 2011.

  • Gathering (2011)

    archival digital prints, poly foam, aluminum, poly resin, silicone, found objects, fabric

  • Gathering (2011)

    archival digital prints, poly foam, aluminum, poly resin, silicone, found objects, fabric

  • Index (2011)

    archival digital prints, poly foam, aluminum, poly resin, silicone, vinyl, found objects, fabric

  • Coalition (2011)

    archival digital prints, poly foam, aluminum, poly resin, silicone, found objects, fabric

  • Dress Rehearsal

  • Small Tragedy

  • Coming and Going

  • There There