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 James Frederick Melchert  (1930 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Ohio      Known for: ceramic sculpture, teaching

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Biography from Gallery Paule Anglim:
James Melchert has been at the center of the Bay Area’s artistic growth and served as Visual Arts head at the National Endowent for the Arts and Director of the American Academy at Rome.

His work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the University Art Museum at UC Berkeley.

Melchert has worked in a variety of media, including drawing, film, and ceramics. The path of his artistic development is conceptual, and his ideas led him to a unique process involving ceramic tiles: breaking them, drawing on them, reassembling them and painting the new constructions with glaze.

 Born in Ohio, 1930, Resides in Oakland, CA

1961    University of California, Berkeley M.A.
1957    University of Chicago M.F.A.
1952    Princeton University A.B.

Academic Appointments:
1965-92     University of California, Berkeley
1961-65     San Francisco Art Institute

Non-Academic Appointments:
1984-88     American Academy in Rome, Director
1977-81     National Endowment for the Arts Director, Visual Arts Program

Major Non-Gallery Solo Exhibitions:
2006    Katzen American University Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
2005    Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
2003    European Ceramic Work Centre, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland
1992    Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia
1991    Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA
1981    San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
1978    Gallerie Fignal, Amsterdam
1975    Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
1970    San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
1961    Richmond CA Art Center, Richmond, CA
2002    Bay Area Center for the Consolidated Arts, Berkeley, CA

2000    Keynote Speaker, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
1998    Visiting Artist, European Ceramics Work Centre, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands   
            Regis Master Series, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
1995    Award for Design Collaboration, Boston Society of Architects
1993    Citation for Distinguished Service in the Visual Arts, National Association    of Schools of Art and Design
            Honorary Doctor of Fine Art Degree, Maryland Institute, College of Art
1988    Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council
1984    Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, San Francisco Art Institute
1978    Honorary Fellow, NCECA
1973    Artist Fellowship, National endowment for the Arts
1970    Adeline Kent Award, San Francisco Art Institute
1964    Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship

Public Collections
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Video Archives, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
American Craft Museum, New York
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Oakland Art Museum, CA
Rose Museum, Brandeis University
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
European Ceramics Works Centre, s’Hertogenbosch
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
Ichon World Ceramic Center, Suwon, Kyonggi-do, South Korea
Yale University Art Gallery
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Baltimore Art Museum
Des Moines Art Center
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

1996    Tile Mural for the Residence of the American ambassador to Singapore
1993    Wall Sculpture at CASE Western Reserve University, OH
1992    Tile Mural at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1991    Shelter, Metropolitan Rapid Transit, Sacramento, CA
1990    Tile Mural at River West Development Sculpture Park, Folsom, CA
1989    Tile Border for Swimming Pool, Oliver Ranch and Sculpture Park, Geyserville, CA
1965    Sculpture at the di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA


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