Exhibition List / CV

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Short CV   (for a full academic CV, please contact me) 

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Current and Upcoming Exhibition Schedule

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Selected Exhibition History

Solo and Two-Person:

Pulp Mastery: Mary Ellen Long & Melissa Jay Craig

             Abecedarian Gallery, Denver Colorado, June 20 - August 2, 2014

Synesthetic Texts: Melissa Jay Craig, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo MI, October 4-25, 2013

Melissa Jay Craig & Jonathan Ricci, Zia Gallery, Chicago IL, November 30, 2012 - January 16, 2013

Re: Morse (solo), Art on Armitage Gallery, Chicago IL, September 1-30, 2012

Sensing Language (solo)

            Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport IA, January 17-March 2, 2012

Melissa Jay Craig: Transcriptions (solo)

            Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City IN, July 1 – October 3, 2011

Translations (solo)

            Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford IL, November 12 –December 22, 2010

Listening (Melissa Jay Craig and Pamela Paulsrud)

            The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH, June 4 – July 30, 2010

Respite (solo, front gallery with accompanying group show in back)

            Vespine Gallery, annual invitational show, Chicago, IL, November 6-28, 2009

Melissa Jay Craig (solo),

            Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery, Rosendale NY,  May 1-29, 2009

Alternate Selections: Bookworks 1990 – 2007, (solo)

            Columbia College Chicago Library, March 29 – May 29, 2007

Transcriptions (Melissa Jay Craig and April Sheridan)

            Gillock Gallery, Chicago, January 13 – 30, 2007

What I Did On My Winter Vacation, (solo)

            Window Exhibition, Columbia College, February 12 – April 15, 2005

Melissa Jay Craig:  Books and Other New Works, (solo)

            William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, July 7 - August 6, 1995

LIBRARY, (solo)   

            C.A.G.E. Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 17 - October 15, 1993

Owed To Family Values (solo)  

            ARC Gallery Raw Space, Chicago, January 5 - 30, 1993

LIBRARY, (solo) 

            Montgomery Ward Gallery, Circle Center, University of Illinois at Chicago,

            November 6 - December 4, 1991

LIBRARY, (solo)

            Illini Union Art Gallery, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana,

            April 19 - May 17, 1991

Habitat For The Millennium (solo) 

            Contemporary Arts Workshop, Chicago, October 4 - November 4, 1991

Group:

Paper Work, Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO, June 20 - August 2, 2014

Fiber In Flux, Morgan Conservatory, Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, OH, April 25 - June 7, 2014

Boundless: The Book Transformed, Mesa Art Museum, AZ, April 4 - August 10, 2014

Intertwined: Words and Art, University of Chicago Medicine Gallery, IL, March 24 - June 1, 2014

To Summon SpringZIA Gallery, Chicago IL, February 22 - March 15, 2014

Gallery Artists Group Show, ZIA Gallery, Chicago IL, November 30 , 20143- January 4, 2014

Fall Salon / Artwalk, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, for Chicago Artists Month, October 20, 2013.

Intertext, outdoor installations, St. Louis, MO, October 17 - 31, 2013

Unbound: Artists' Books by Jentel Residents, curated by Mary Jane Edwards, 

             Sagebrush Arts Center, Sheridan, Wyoming, August 29 - October 5, 2013 

The 750 Show, ZIA Gallery, Chicago, IL, July 27 - August 31, 2013

Humans Being, curated by Riva Lehrer, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL, May 10 - June 20, 2013

Aqua Art Miami with Zia Gallery, December 6 - 9, 2012

Melissa Jay Craig, James Pernotto, Sally Matia: Artists Working In Paper

            Wm. Busta Gallery, Cleveland OH, October 12 - November 10, 2012

Thinking Outside The Book

            Werkspace for Chicago Artists Month, October 1 - 27, 2012

The Art of Paper

            Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha's Vinyard, MA, September 16 - October 3, 2012

Paper Three

             Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, TX, August 24 - September 22, 2012

20th Anniversary Invitational: 20 Jurors

            Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, July 13 – August 16, 2012

Arrowmont 2012 Faculty Exhibition

            Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg , TN,

            May 25 – September 8, 2012

Paper in Space

            Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, TX, February 3 – March 18, 2012

            Curated by Juergen Strunck

ArtNow in conjunction with Art Miami / Art Basel, with Zia Gallery, December, 2011

Natural Cycles: Sustainability in Book and Paper Arts (co-curator with Shawn Sheehy)

             Ryerson Woods Preserve, Deerfield IL, November 6 – December 23, 2011

On and Of Paper

            Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL, October 21, 2011 – April 29, 2012

The Book, A Contemporary View

            Towson University, Towson, MD, September 8 – November 5, 2011 catalog

            Curated by Dr. J. Susan Isaacs

Pulp It Up, Break It Down

            The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland OH, June 3 – July 18, 2011

Penland Spring Instructors’ Exhibition

            Penland School of Craft, Penland NC, March 15 – May 6, 2011

Process and Product

            Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham PA, February 13 – March 5, 2011

The Book: A Contemporary View

            Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington DE, December 22, 2010 – April 17, 2011

The Art of the Book Cover: 30th Anniversary Exhibition

            Printworks Gallery, Chicago IL, December 3, 2010 – February 5, 2011

Our Favorite Things

            Abecedarian Gallery, Denver CO, November 19 – December 23, 2010 catalog

House, Dreaming (site-specific installation)

            Ragdale House, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest IL, October 9-30, 2010

On and Of Paper

            Illinois State Museum, Chicago IL, October 18, 2010 – March 11, 2011

Paper 2

            Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin TX, September 1 – October 2, 2010

            (Separate installation remained on view through December 30, 2010)

Book As Sculpture

            Guenzel Gallery, Peninsula School of Art, WI, August 13 – September 5, 2010

Interior Markings

            Abecedarian Gallery, Denver CO, July 1- August 8, 2010 catalog

Artists’ Book Cornucopia

            Abecedarian Gallery, Denver CO, April 1 – May 8, 2010 catalog

Retrospect

            Vespine Gallery, Chicago IL, January 2-29, 2010

The Leaf and The Page

            Illinois State Museum, Lockport IL, October 20, 2009 – January 29, 2010

Marking Time

Guild of Bookworkers Triennial Exhibition, Juror’s Entries, May 15, 2009 – March, 2011

            Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, Minneapolis

            San Francisco Public Library, California

            University of Washington, Seattle

            Marriot Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

            Denver Public Library, Colorado

            Cincinnati Public Library, Ohio

            Lafayette University, Easton, Pennsylvania

            Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

            Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Full Circle, with Jen ThomasMarwen Gallery, Chicago IL, June 19 – July 29, 2009             

Raised Voices: Artists’ Books for Troubled Times

            Zygote Press gallery, Cleveland, OH, May 1- June 6, 2009

The Leaf and The Page, Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL, March 1- August 1, 2009

Type Bound: Books as Sculpture and Typewriter Poems

            University of Central Florida Art Gallery, January 27 – March 4, 2009

Bookish

            ODC Theater / Project Artaud Gallery, San Fracisco, CA, October 8 – 31, 2008

Rock, Scissors, Paper

            Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL, September 14 - November 15, 2008

            Curated by Chie Curley and Barbara Goldsmith

The Leaf and The Page

            Illinois State Museum Gallery, Chicago, August 25, 2008 – January 16, 2009

            Curated by Doug Stapleton

Raw Boundaries

            KN Gallery, Hancock Tower., Chicago, July 18 – September 6, 2008

Seoul Book Arts Fair,  Seoul, Korea, summer 2008

Enter Into Circulation: An Alternative Library

            Finch Gallery, Chicago, February 15 – March 15, 2008

Sheets, Planes and Pulp: Works On or Of Paper

            Evanston Art Center, IL, September 16 - October 21, 2007

            Juried by Margaret Hawkins

15th Anniversary Exhibition: Artwork by Distinguished Jurors

            Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, August 3 - 30, 2007

The Exquisite Snake

            Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL, July 6 - August 26, 2007

            Marking The Exquisite Snake’s addition to the museum’s permanent collection.

Action / Interaction: Book / Arts

            Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, June 8 - July 7, 2007      

The Ragdale Foundation 30th Anniversary Exhibition

            Chicago Cultural Center, November 17, 2006 – January 13, 2007

High & Low: Chicago Hand Bookbinders

            University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, January 15 – March 10, 2007

            NIU Museum, Altgeld Gallery, DeKalb, IL, March 20 – April 21, 2007

            Oak Park Library, IL, May 1 – May 31, 2007

            Northwestern University Library, Evanston IL, July 3 – September 13, 2007  

One Book, Many Interpretations

Chicago Public Library, Special Collections, September 30, 2006 – April 15, 2007,

Bookplates - 25th Anniversary Exhibition

            Printworks Gallery, Chicago, December 2, 2005 – February 4, 2006, Catalog

Guild of Bookworkers Centennial Exhibition

            Grolier Club, New York, NY, September 20 – November 25, 2006

            Michigan State University Libraries, December 8, 2006 – January 24, 2007

            Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, February 9 – March 18, 2007

            Millar Library, Portland, Oregon, April 9 - May 20, 2007

            Bridwell Library, Dallas, Texas, June 18 – September 14, 2007

            Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, New Hampshire,

            October 9 – November 22, 2007                      

Looking Back, Leaping Forward: Sculptors Connecting The Ages

            20 Contemporary Sculptors collaborate with 20 Emerging Artists

            The Arts Center, Highland Park IL, October 10 – November 1, 2005

            Curated by Mary O’ Shaughnessy and Terry Karpowicz

Paperwork (curator and exhibitor)

            Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, September 2 – 29, 2005.

            Sole juror, accompanying international exhibition titled: The Nature of Paper.

With A Little Help From My Friends, inaugural exhibition

          The Paper Studio, Tempe, Arizona, July 9 - August 31, 2005

Book Marks

            Fine Arts Center, Highland Park IL, March 4 – March 28, 2005

            Curated by Chie Curley and Barbara Goldsmith

10th Anniversary Exhibition

            Columbia Center for Book and Paper Arts, September 10 – October 27, 2004

Amerikanske Artists Books 

            Kunst Centret Silkeborg Bad, Jutland, Denmark, 6/12 –8/29, 2004

            Curator: Thorsten Dennerline              

The Art of The Book – Chicago Book Arts Faculty and Graduate Students

            Myopic Books, Chicago, January 3 – March 3, 2004

The Exquisite Snake (a tribute to Sidney Block)

            Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, December 16, 2003 – January 3, 2004

In Flight – Guild of Bookworkers Traveling Exhibition

            Denver Public Library, CO, 10/23 – 12/30, 2003

            Marriot Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1/16 –3/5, 2004

            Suzzallo/ Allen Library, University of Washington, Seattle, 3/22 – 5/7, 2004

            Schatten Gallery, Emory University, Atlanta GA, 5/20 – 7/2, 2004

            Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, 7/16 –8/28, 2004

            Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus OH, 9/13 –10/29, 2004

            Boston Public Library, MA, 11/11 – 12/31, 2004

            Clark Humanities Museum, Claremont CA, 1/18 –2/25, 2005

            RIT Cary Graphics Collection, Rochester NY, 3/10 –4/22, 2005

            Ransom Center Galleries, University of Texas, Austin, 5/10 –7/17, 2005

Page Me

            SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, January 10 – February 21, 2003

            curated by Christa Donner and Chris Conti

Pandora’s Box

            Exhibition, Epicenter Press, Chicago, December 13, 2002 – January 6, 2003

Books: Chicago Bound and Bedecked

            Harold Washington Library, Chicago, September 13, 2002 – February 23, 2002

Artists and the Art of the Book

            The Factory Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

            Artists Image Resource Center, Pittsburgh, PA

            Contemporary Center for Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica;

            curated by Curlee Raven Holton, 2002-2004

The Ragdale Foundation 25th Anniversary Show

            Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, Juried by Ed Pashke, March 1 – 30, 2002

Land Marks

            David Opdyke, Greg Stewart, Melissa Jay Craig, Barbara Kendrick, Nathaniel Parsons

            Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, June 22 – July 27, 2001

Paper Work

            FineLine Arts Center, St. Charles, IL, August 20 - September 15, 2001

First Works

            Columbia College Chicago Faculty Exhibition, September 28  – November 10, 2000

Pedagogy

            Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Curated by

            Suzanne Cohan-Lange and Audrey Niffenegger, January 12 – March 3, 2001

Like A Painting, Like A Book: Innovative Paper            

John Babcock, Melissa Jay Craig, Helen Frederick, Rick Hungerford, Sergio Orozco, Lynn Sures

            Russell Hill Rodgers Gallery, Southwest Center for the Arts, San Antonio, Texas

            Curated by Beck Whitehead, June 8– August 12, 2000             

End of the Rainbow: Following the Ragdale Experience

            Gwenda Jay/ Addington Gallery, Chicago, June 2 – July 8, 2000

Freedom

            Gwenda Jay/ Addington Gallery, Chicago, July 14 – August 18, 2000

Flight 2000 – A Millennial Exchange

            San Francisco Center for the Book, March 10 – April 21, 2000

The Exquisite Corpse

            Printworks Gallery, Chicago, January 7 – February 12, 2000               

Where Are The Books?

             Lafayette College, PA, Curated by Curlee Raven Holton,            

            June 8 - July 7, 2007             

Considering Beginnings:

            The First Interdisciplinary Arts Department Faculty Exhibition

            Columbia College Chicago, November 19 – December 17, 1999 

Libros Realizados por Artistos Plasticos,

            Casa Lamm Gallery, Mexico City, September 1999

Artists Book Fair 

            The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, November 1998

Howling At The Edge Of A Renaissance: 20 Years of Alternative Art At SPACES 

            SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, September 12 - October 31, 1998,

            Curated by Susan Channing and William Busta

Book and Paper Art Biennial Exhibition           

            Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, 

            September 18 - October 31, 1998,

            Juried by Betty Bright, Caren Heft and Paul Wong

The Book Transformed

            Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

            Curated by Audrey Niffenegger, January 11 - March 4, 1998

AntiArchival

            Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago

            September 16 - October 31st, 1997

            Curated by Clare Dolan and Audrey Niffenegger

Past, Present, Post  

            Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, March 7 - May 9, 1997  

Pilsen / La Villita  

            The Chicago Historical Society, November 1996

Artists Books  

            William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, July 12 - August 16, 1996

Salgado: A Family Dream 

            Northwestern University Settlement House, June 13- August 30, 1996

Artist to Artist:  Connections

            18th Street Gallery, Chicago, September 23 - October 12, 1995

            Curated by Marilyn Houlberg and Alejandro Romero

Recycled and Reassembled:  Jno Cook, Melissa Jay Craig, Ben Pranger

            Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Curated by Peggy Doherty, 

            October 27 - December 3, 1994

Bookmakers 

            Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, Ohio, November 6 - December 4, 1994

On Domestic Violence  

            Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Curated by Mary Ellen Croteau, October 4 -29, 1994

Pilsen Artists Open House   

            Open studio, September 28 – October 1, 2000;

            September 24-26, 1999;

            September 19-20, 1998; 

            September 28-29, 1996, 

            September 30-October 1, 1995;

            September 24-25, 1994

New Forms In Furniture  

            Contemporary Arts Workshop, Chicago, May 20 - June 21, 1994

Growing Up Female   

            SFAC Gallery, Highland Park, Illinois, Curated by Ellen Deutsch,

            March 4 - 29 1994

Artists Book Works:  A Decade in Illinois

             The State of Illinois Gallery, Thompson Center, Chicago, 

            Curated by Buzz Spector, September 7 - October 29, 1993                     

Hitting The Books II  

            Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, Minneapolis.  June 26 - August 22, 1992            

            Artists Book Works, Chicago, February 12 - March 27, 1993

            Arizona State University, April 2 - May 7, 1993

UnderCover:  The Book Becomes Art   

            Scottsdale Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, July 17 - Sept. 17, 1992

Utopia Unrealized 

            Wm. Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, Curated by Michael Loederstedt. 

            February 7 - March 1, 1992

Book As Container  

            Sazama Gallery, Chicago, Juried by Buzz Spector, January 10 - February 8, 1992

The Free Art Show  (A Philosophy Raiser)  

            Beret International Gallery, Chicago, October 19, 1991

Being Women Sculptors 

            Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago,

            Curated by Lia Alexopolous and Timothy Willms. September 8 - October 5, 1991

Four Site  (LIBRARY) 

            SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio, September 6 - October 11, 1991                       

What's The Problem?

            Studio Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, May 31 - June 30, 1991

            Beret International Gallery, Chicago, July 26 - August 11, 1991

The Foreign Policy Show  

            The Flatiron Building, Chicago, Collaborator: C. Maxx Stevens, March 8-30, 1991

Artists' Book Works  

            Zollar Gallery, Penn State University, PA, January 8 -30, 1991

Public Collections:

            Bridwell Art Library, University of Louisville, Kentucky

            Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

            Special Collections, Penrose Library, University of Denver, Colorado

            Illinois State Museum

            Jaffe Collection, Books as Aesthetic Objects, Florida Atlantic University

            University of Chicago Press

                Skillman Library Rare Books Collection, Lafayette University, Easton, PA

            The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois

                Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

                Salgado Print Collection, Chicago and Mexico City

                Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

            Cleveland Institute of Art, Gund Library Artists Book Collection


 

 

 

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