Melissa Pokorny

EDUCATION
1988 M.F.A. in studio practice, University of California, Davis
1986 B.F.A. Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Graduated with high honors.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
(Ways Of), Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
Melissa Pokorny: Other Neighbors, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL
2014
May Day, Violet Poe Projects, Bloomington, IN
2012
Useful Things (For Getting Lost), Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
2011 
Was the Return Easier Than the Getting Here?, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
Kabinett #5: Melissa Pokorny and Andreas Fischer, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL
2009 
Melissa Pokorny: Ultra, Richard Peeler Art Cneter, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
2008 
Fall Together / Fall Apart, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 
There/There, Front Room, New York, NY
2005 
Object Lessons, Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 
Panoplied, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
2002 
Bodybuilder and Sportsman, Chicago, IL
2000 
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1997 
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco CA
1995 
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco CA
1993 
Between You and Me and the Bedpost, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1991 
Introductions '91, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Pitchpoling, Art Gallery at Governor’s State University, Chicago, IL
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL
2015
My Darkest Light Will Shine, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA
Attachment, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Pleasures of the Flesh, Outpost Artists Resources, Bushwick, NY
2014
FR:15, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
My Girl, It’s All About Things, Port Chester, NY
2013
The Pink Panther Imitates Nothing, RISD Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
Everything Out There: Bay Area's First Triennial Now, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
A Trapped in Your Mind Feeling, curated by Lucy Puls, Transmission Gallery and Aggregate Space Galleries, Oakland, CA
Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
Shape Shifters, Herron Galleries, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN
2012 
Elles / Platform, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
I Surrender: 5th Anniversary Show, Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago, IL
2011 
Fast Forward, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN, curated by Paula Katz
On the Nothing New: Intertextuality in Contemporary Art, Richard Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, curated by Kaytie Johnson
Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
Fuse Work Goes To College, Central Connecticut State University Art Gallery, New Britan, CT, curated by Ethan Crenshaw and Amanda Alic
2010 
How Soon is Now: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Recent Acquisitions 2007–2009, Richard L. Nelson Gallery + Fine Art Collection, University of California, Davis, CA
2009 
The There, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
Ten Year Anniversary Show, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
From the Menageriet, two-person exhibition, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
2008 
Scanvenger Constructs, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Shape Shifter, curated by Jason Foumberg, Alfedena Gallery, Chicago, IL
Multiples and Editions Vol. II, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
Recent Acquisitions, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
2007 
DePauw Biennial, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
2006 
It's So Real, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
Critics Select, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ
Fountain, curated by Daniel Aycock, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY
MixArt, curated by Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400, Stephanie Smith, Smart Art Museum: Dominic Molon, Chicago MCA, and Lisa Dorin, Art Institute of Chicago, James Hotel, Chicago, IL
Unnatural Presence, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005 
Spin/Spun, two-person exhibition curated by Barbara Weisen, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Chicago, IL
2003 
SCULPT Central Illinois Sculptors, McClean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
2002 
Faculty Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois
Stray Show, Chicago, IL
Artpoint at Art Basel/Miami (group show of work by artists outside of major metropolitan areas, organized by Janet Phelps, guest curator Dominick Molon, MCA Chicago)
Loaded, Midway Contemporary Art, St.Paul, MN
The Future Is Now Right, I Space, Chicago IL
2001 
Faculty Exhibition, Krannert Museum, University of Illinois
40 Oakland Artists, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Off the Wall, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago
Lifelike, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Kickback, faculty show, Worth-Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
2000 
Boom-Boom, faculty show, Worth-Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1998 
SAP, Hotel show at Hotel Lanai, San Francisco. Co-Sponsored by Four Walls and Scene/Escena, San Francisco, CA
1997 
Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, Bay Area Now, San Francisco CA
1995 
Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, Fabricators: New Bay Area Sculpture, San Francisco, CA
Food House, Pretty, Santa Monica, CA
Victoria Room, Big Jesus Trash Can, San Francisco, CA
1994 
Victoria Room, Happy Hands, San Francisco, CA
Southern Exposure, 20TH Anniversary Alumni Show, San Francisco, CA
The LAB, Addressing Herself, San Francisco, CA
1992 
Oakland Museum, From the Studio; Recent Painting and Sculpture by 20 California Artists, Oakland, CA
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Real Tears, San Francisco, CA
Judith Weintraub Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Ohlone College, Faculty Show, Fremont, CA
1991 
John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Years of TB-9: A Tribute to Robert Arneson, Davis, CA
Matrix Gallery, Matrix International, Sacramento, CA
Crocker Art Museum, Crocker-Kingsley Annual, Sacramento, CA
1990
Judith Weintraub Gallery, Influences, Sacramento, CA
1988 
Richard L. Nelson Gallery, M.F.A. Exhibition, Davis, CA
Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

HONORS AND AWARDS
2016 Project Completion Grant, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2014 Creative Research Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2014 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artists Grant
2010 Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship
2010 Research Board Grant, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
2010 Creative Research Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
2005 Illinios Arts Council Grant
2004 Research Board Grant, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
2002 Research Board Grant, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
1996 Finalist, 1995-1996 SECA award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1995 San Francisco Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award in Visual Arts
1994 Creative Artist Fellowship, City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission
1991 Honorable Mention, Crocker Kingsley Annual, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Cash Award, First Place, Sculpture, Matrix International, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1987 Distinguished Scholar Research Award, University of California, Davis
Represented the Davis Art Department at the 4-Arts Festival Workshop with
Rachel Rosenthal. Three day workshop, University of California, Irvine, CA
1986 University of California Graduate Fellowship, two year academic achievement award
Jurors choice award, student exhibition, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
1985 Friends of Art Honor Award for academic excellence, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
Friends of Art Honor Award in studio art, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
1984 James Cardwell Award in Ceramics, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

COLLECTIONS
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Oakland Museum of California
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, gift of Peter and Eileen Norton
Orange County Museum of Art, gift of Peter and Eileen Norton
Richard Peeler Art Center, DePauw University
Nelson Museum, University of California, Davis
Luckman Gallery, California State University