EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2017    MFA, Visual Studies.  Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.

2001    BA, Political Science.  Yale University, New Haven, CT.

 

 

LECTURES & PANELS

2019    Drawing Your Story In One Sheet or Less, PSU Summer Drawing & Painting Institute, Portland, OR.

WaterShed: Sequential Art & Afro-Futurism, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

2018    Art Practices, BFA Vertical Lab, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

Zines and Comics Workshop, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

RACC Series: Art + Power, Taborspace, Portland, OR

Curatorial Panel, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

             Annual MLK Week :  Beloved Community, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.

2017    Self-Made:  Adventures in Independent Publishing, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

             Anti-Racist Teach-In:  Media Literacy Workshop, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.

             Siren Nation: Activism In Art, McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, OR.

             Nat Turner Project: Unveiling the Untold, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.

             Nat Turner Project: from the bathroom to the walls, Reed College, Portland, OR.

             Graphic Interference:  The Comics Art of Melanie Stevens, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.

            Voices From the Front Lines:  The State of Community Driven Media in Portland, Taborspace, Portland, OR.

            Visiting Curators:  Nat Turner Project at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.

            BLACK (Working Title), Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

            PDX Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, Portland Institute For Contemporary Art, Portland, OR.

             A Deeper Black:  A Discussion on Ta-Nehisi Coates, University of Oregon: White Stag, Portland, OR.

2016    Adrian Piper's Cornered:  A Conversation.  PNCA, Portland, OR.

 

Residencies & Awards

2019   Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant (WaterShed Graphic Novel), Portland, OR.

Awesome Foundation Grant (Nat Turner Project), Portland, OR.

2018   Precipice Grant (Nat Turner Project), Portland, OR.

Stumptown Artist Fellowship, Portland, OR. 

the first and the last Artist Residency, Portland, OR

            Leland Iron Works,  Oregon City, OR.

            Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant (Nat Turner Project), Portland, OR.

Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant (Miss Anthology), Portland, OR.

            Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant (WaterShed Graphic Novel), Portland, OR.

2017    Caldera AiR CARE Artist Retreat,  Sisters, OR.

            Centrum Emerging Artist,  Port Townsend, WA.

            c3:Initiative Spring Residency-Miss Anthology,  Portland, OR.

             c3:Initiative Summer Residency-Nat Turner Project, Portland, OR.

2016    Precipice Grant (Miss Anthology), Portland, OR.

             Caldera MFA Artist Residency, Sisters, OR.

2015    PNCA Global Studios Program, Mexico City, MX and Oaxaca, MX.

 

EXHIBITIONS/SOLO

2019    On Our Watch, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR.

Graphic Intervention, King School Museum of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR.

2018    WaterShed, Chingada Gallery, Portland, OR.

On View, Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, OR.

in medias res(t), Stumptown Roasters, Portland, OR.

2016    Present Tense, Holt Gallery, Portland, OR.

             Oral (Ex)Traditions, Compliance Division, Portland, OR.

             Black Table, PNCA Atrium, Portland, OR.

2010    Inside Out, DeFoor Centre Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2008    My View of You, DeFoor Centre Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

             Color Shock, Urban Grind Café, Atlanta, GA.

             Marietta Art Stroll, Marietta Trolley Company, Marietta, GA.

 

CURATORIAL

2016-Present   Nat Turner Project, Co-Curator with maxx martinez, Portland, OR   

 

EXHIBITIONS/GROUP

2019 Art Exhibit, Wa Na Wari, Seattle, WA.

The New Northwest Immaterial, Soil, Seattle, WA.

Not Welcome, Center for Contemporary Art + Culture, Portland, OR.

HERE || HUMBOLDT, Paragon Gallery, Portland, OR.

A Part, PLACE PDX, Portland, OR.

2018    Elements of Reclamation, Ori Gallery, Portland, OR.

2017    Projects for the Page, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Portland, OR.

            This Is A Black Spatial Imaginary, Paragon Gallery, Portland, OR.

            Outside of the Lines, Littman and White Gallery, Portland, OR.

            Sites of Resistance, Soft Space PDX, Portland, OR.

            Four, Gallery 114, Portland, OR.

            Dirty Laundry, s1, Portland, OR.

2016    BLVCK MATTER, Indivisible Gallery, Portland, OR.

            Dys U, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

            Portrait of the Artist, Holt Gallery, Portland, OR.

            TgBA 2016!, Bronco Gallery, Portland, OR.

            Seeing Ourselves, Lodge Gallery, Portland, OR.

            Dialogue Discourse Reading Center, Holt Gallery, Portland, OR.

            Momentum, PNCA Innovation Studios, Portland, OR.

            Chromophobia, Stall Gallery, Portland, OR.

2015    Ninety-Three Percent Invisible, Lodge Gallery, Portland, OR.

2014    OnyxCon Comics Convention, Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.

2013    Postcard Pin-Up Show, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2010    Hands On Atlanta 20th Anniversary Celebration, DeFoor Centre, Atlanta, GA.

             Starving Artist Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY.

             The Color Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY.

             Self-Portrait Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY.

            Femme Fatale, WonderRoot Community Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.

             The Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op, Atlanta, GA.    

 2009   Sunday Brunch Live Painting, DeFoor Centre Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

              Finding Purpose In the Arts: Benefit Concert, Paschal's Restaurant, Live Painting, Atlanta, GA.

              I Love Atlanta, WonderRoot Community Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.

              The Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op, Atlanta, GA.

 2008    Postcard Pinup Show, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

             Off the Wall - 200 x 200, DeFoor Centre Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

             The Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op, Atlanta, GA.

             College Hill: Atlanta, BET Cable Network, Atlanta, GA.

             Through Our Eyes, Gallery One Eleven, Atlanta, GA.

             Diverse Roots, Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Gallery, Atlanta, GA.  

 

PUBLICATIONS AND WRITINGS

2019   Moving Through Monuments: Sun Ra at Portland Art Museum, Art Practical. 2/6/19.

2018   WaterShed Vol. I: PostModern, Wright Graphics

Miss Anthology 2018, Wright Graphics

offal, Nat Turner Project Critical Zine, Self-Published

Nat Turner Project: testimony, an examination of curation in IV movements, Letra Chueca Press

Nat Turner Project: book of sedition zine, monthly, Self-Published

2017    Miss Anthology 2017, Ka-Blam Publishing

2008    Dirty 7up Zine, Self-Published

2015      Anthology, Artists Against Police Brutality, Rosarium Publishing

2013      Black Picket Fences, Graphic Novel, Ka-Blam Printing, Amazon Digital Printing

2011      Anthology, FORM:  Artistic Independence, WE Design

 

Press

2019  Clemans, Gayle. “Stop in for coffee and a story: A Central District home becomes a gathering place for black art and history.” The Seattle Times. 6/26/19.

Melanie Stevens: If You’re Watching This, It’s Too Late.” The Stranger.

“‘On Our Watch’ exhibit visits Alexander Gallery.” Clackamas Print. 4/17/19.

Weedon, Chrys. “The Nat Turner Project brings three mini-exhibits to the Cannon Gallery.” The Western Howl. 2/27/19.

2018   Stull Meyers, Ashley. “Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Art in 2018.” BOMB. 12/20/18.

Miller, Brianna. "7 art exhibitions to view in Portland this fall.The Oregonian. 9/07/18.

Prewitt, Andi. "Miss Anthology Is Helping to Inspire a New Wave of Femme, Genderqueer and LGBTQIA+ Comic Book ArtistsWillamette Week. 9/04/18.

Redmond, Eden. "Melanie Stevens: in medias res(t) at Stumptown60 inch center. 5/10/18.

2017   Gormley, Shannon. "Artists Speak for themselves in (self), A Group Art Show In This Year’s Time-Based Art Festival." Willamette Week. 9/12/17.

Prado, Emily. "Miss Anthology is using comics to create change." Street Roots. 9/08/17.

Gormley, Shannon. "The Nat Turner Project Creates Literal Space for Artists of Color in “The June Show.Willamette Week. 6/21/17.

             XRay In The Media. “Interview:  Melanie Stevens and maxx martinez for Nat Turner Project”. X-Ray FM

             savage pdx.  "young texas interviews Miss Anthology".  Freeform Portland Radio

             Krafcik, Hannah. “Miss Anthology Teaches the Power of Comics”. Oregon Arts Watch. 4/05/2017.

              KBOO Radio, Andre Middleton interviews Melanie Stevens; discuss art as messenger, 3/21/2017.

"Why is it so difficult to refuse?: sidony o’neal and manuel arturo abreu at PNCA.aqnb. 3/20/17.

              Rabin, Jennifer.   "."The Five Art Shows We're Most Excited to See This Month 1/31/17.   

2016     Radon, Lisa.  "Nat Turner Project".  11/09/16   

              Giddens, Thom. “Melanie Stevens Interview:  Artists Against Police Brutality”.  7/21/16.

              The Blerd Gurl, “Review:  APB Graphic Anthology Uses Art as a Voice for Protest and Healing”. 2/15/16.

2015     Georgia Public Radio, Artists Against Police Brutality, 12/16/2015