Melanie A. Feerst

b. 1958 – Chicago, IL

3817 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

847.894.3589 (cell)


Exhibition History

Twenty-five years exhibition history as a sculptor including international solo exhibit Aw Ah Need is a Gin an’ a Badge at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire; and group shows at Zaim Art Center, Yokohama, Japan and Sydney College Gallery in Sydney, Australia.  National solo exhibitions:  Informed Consent at Artemisia Gallery, Chicago; Autoexcision Without Benefit of Anesthesia: The Artist as Surgeon, The Artist as Patient at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago IL (which included archived objects from the Museum Collection) and Melancholia and Noncompliance in Parasites and Other Multicellular Creatures at A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago IL.


Regional group shows include: Gastro-Aesthetics - Rockford Art Museum (invitational) - Rockford, IL; RX: An Art Exhibition - Curated by Jean Robertson and Craig McDaniel at the Emison Art Center at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN; Stateline Vicinity Exhibition - Juror: Lynne Warren, Museum of Contemporary Art at the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; text / conText - Curator: Mark Arctander at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL; 48th Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition - Juror: Joan Rothfuss, Walker Art Center at the Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL; Three Rivers Art Festival - Juror: Fred Wilson - CNG Tower in Pittsburgh, PA; Intersections - Jurors: Lisa Norton, John Reuter-Pacyna and Michael Rooks at the Stevens George Gallery, Hammond, IN; Art Forms - Juror: Russell Panczenko from the Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison WI at the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art - Lafayette, IN; The Exchange at Spark Gallery in Denver, CO; Women, Fire and Iron at the Wilensky Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Women’s Works - Juror: Beate Minkovski, Judith Geichman, and Janet Leszczynski at the Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL; Metal - Urge - The Merwyn Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, IL; and Exchange: Chicago to Sacramento - 750 Gallery in Sacramento, CA.


Local Chicago group shows include: 25th Anniversary Exhibition at A.R.C. Gallery; ArtWork at Gallery 2; Peace & Justice Exhibit at ACME Art; Invisiblebody at NIU Gallery; The Chicago Solution Show at Gallery on Lake  - Judith Racht - Juror: Ed Paschke; Happy at OpenEndArt - Curator: John Fleishman; Four Corners of the World - School of the Art Institute Alumni Show - Jurors: Sharon Couzin, David Richards and Mary Lou Zelazny, School of the Art Institute; Hearts - Curator: Laurie Kerlin - The International Museum of Surgical Science and IN FLEX / IN FLUX - Jurors: Gary Justice, Carolyn Ottmers and Terry Karpowicz - White Tower Building.



Isaac and Sonia Luski Scholarship - Penland School of Crafts - Penland, NC - 2002

Linda Kramer Award - Artemisia Gallery - Chicago, IL - 2001

Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship - Seattle, WA - 1999

Honorable Mention - Stateline Vicinity Exhibition - Rockford Art Museum - 1998

Honorable Mention – Women’s Works - Old Court House Art Center - Woodstock, IL - 1997

Scholarship / Membership - A.R.C. Gallery - Chicago, IL - 1995

Third Place - Personal Visions III - An Art Place - Chicago, IL - 1995

Third Place - Women’s Works - Old Court House Art Center - Woodstock, IL - 1995



MFA - University of Wisconsin at Madison (sculpture / glass concentration)

BFA - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (sculpture concentration)



Pilchuck Glass School (WA)

Penland School of Crafts (NC)

Oxbow School (MI)

Pittsburg Glass Center (PA)


In residence

Kalani Oceanside Resort, Big Island HI – 2013

Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT – 2009

Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland - 2005



Cetraro Sculpture – Award celebrating the founder of the International Advanced Research Workshop on High Performance Computing on the 20th anniversary of the conference, collaboration with architect Douglas Pancoast, commissioned by Charlie Catlett


Art Fair Juror

Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago IL

Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park IL

Riverside Arts Weekend, Riverside IL

Geneva Fine Arts Fair, Geneva IL


Professional Experience

Recently resigned after 16 years in academia serving as Administrative Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects and the Historic Preservation Program and previously as Assistant Director of Academic Advising, all at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Other professional experience includes Director of Education at the Evanston Art Center and an administrator for cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at Northwestern University Medical Center and Rush – Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago IL.