Melissa Fleming - Artist Exploring the Natural World

Education

  • Master Naturalist Certificate, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Master of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY  
  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston University, Boston, MA 

 

Conference Presentations

  • Climate Communication: Using Art to Get Beyond the Numbers, 98th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Austin, TX  2018
  • Panelist: Art and Sustainability in the Anthropocene, The 24th International Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow, Scotland, 2017
  • Art Can Help Broaden the Public Conversation on Climate Change, 105th Annual Conference of the College Art Association, NY, NY, 2017
  • Art Can Help Broaden the Public Conversation on Climate Change, 97th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Seattle, WA, 2017
  • Art Can Help Broaden the Public Conversation on Climate Change, The 6th Tri-State Weather Conference, Danbury, CT, 2016
  • The Art and Science of Climate Change, The 2015 National SPE Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2015
  • Science as Muse to the Arts, The 2011 National SPE Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2011


Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, The Art and Science of Climate Change, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, 2018
  • Speaker, Inspired by Nature, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY, 2017
  • Panelist: Climate Change: Art, Design, and Activism, Civic Hall, NYC, NY, 2016
  • Speaker, The Art and Science of Climate Change, NYU, New York, NY, 2016
  • Speaker, The Art and Science of Climate Change, Rockefeller Preserve, Pleasantville, NY, 2016
  • Speaker, Inspired by Nature and The Art and Science of Climate Change, PWCC, NYC, 2016
  • Panelist, COP 21 - Our Take, NYC Metro Climate Reality Leaders, New York, NY, 2016
  • Speaker, The Art and Science of Climate Change, Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, NYC, 2015
  • Speaker, Inspired by Nature and The Art and Science of Climate Change, New York Photo Salon, NYC 2015
  • Speaker, The Art and Science of Climate Change, Human Impacts Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
  • Speaker, Inspired by Nature and The Art and Science of Climate Change, PWP, NYC, 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, Inspired by Nature, CIIS, San Francisco, CA, 2011
  • Guest Lecturer, Inspired by Nature, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY 2008
  • Guest Lecturer, Inspired by Nature, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2006 
  • Speaker, Inspired by Nature, Sierra Club Photo Committee, New York, NY 2004

 

Solo Exhibitions

2011
Melissa Fleming: Sea Change, The Arts at CIIS, San Francisco, CA 
2010
Melissa Fleming: Sentient, SFO Museum, San Francisco, CA
2003
Melissa Fleming: Wax Flora, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY


Select Group Exhibitions

2018
Anthropocene, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

2017
EARTH MUSE: Art and the Environment, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
ARTexchange, CAA, New York, NY

2016
Creative Climate Awards, Human Impacts Institute, NY, NY 
Climatic Visions II, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
Climatic Visions, Rockefeller Art Gallery, Pleasantville, NY

2015
Visualizing Climate Change, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, New York, NY
Primarily Color, The Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
Whims of Weather, The National Arts Club, New York, NY

2014
Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY

2013
Encounters with Nature, Calumet Gallery, New York, NY
Nature: Inspired Moments, MBPO, New York, NY
All Natural, Markeim Arts Center, Haddonfield, NJ

2012
Regarding the Third Dimension, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
Put a Tree on It, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

2011
The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
Photography: Alternative Processes, Mills Pond Gallery, St. James, NY

2010
Inspired by Nature, Calumet Gallery, New York, NY
Urban Utopia, Pop Up Space, New York, NY

2009
Kaunas Photo Festival: Recycled,  Kaunas, Lithuania
Objective Affection, BOFFO Gallery, Brooklyn Heights, NY
It's Still Life, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
Figment Arts Festival, Governors Island, NY
Science Rocks, Rockefeller Preserve Art Gallery, Pleasantville, NY

2008
Collectible, Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA
Landscape, Other: Views Outside Convention, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
Descubrimientos, Photo España, Madrid, Spain
Science Rocks, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

The Topography of Nature, Taste of Art Gallery at Kaufmann Arcade, NYC
Grace, Peer Gallery, NY, NY

2007
Woodstock Biennial, Kleinert-James Arts Center, Woodstock, NY
Kaunas Photo Festival 2007, Kaunas, Lithuania
Abstractions, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Photography 26, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2006 
(t)here, Peer Gallery, NY, NY
Florida Gold, Capitol Gallery, Florida State House, Tallahassee, FL
Photo NY (Art Fair), Peer Gallery Booth, NY, NY
How to Love a Ready-Made, A Temporary Space, Williamsburg, NY
Parsons MFA Thesis Exhibition, Peer Gallery, NY, NY
Experimental, Dam-Stuhltrager Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Photography 25, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

2005
Vernissage, Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL
The Secret Garden, Steinhardt Gallery, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY
The Handmade Print, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, NY, NY
Luxe, Owen Lawrence Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004
De Norte a Sur, Museo de la Fotografia, Rafaela, Argentina
Point of View, Poughkeepsie Art Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY
NY in Motion, Chelsea Market Gallery, NY, NY

2003
Contemporary Women Artists, The Gallery, Stamford, NY
All Photography Invitational, Atlantic Gallery, NY, NY

2002
Point of View, Westbeth Gallery, NY, NY
Emerging Artists, Savacou Gallery, NY, NY

 

Permanent Collections 

Crowell and Moring LLP, New York, NY
The James Hotel Collection, New York, NY
The University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
Museo de la Fotografia, Rafaela, Argentina
Federal Reserve Bank of New York, NY, NY


Press

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. "Anthropocene: Contemporary Artists Explore the Impact of the Changing Climate on our Environment”. Issues in Science and TechnologySpring 2018. 
  • Abby Luby, “Climate Change as Art: The Work of Melissa Fleming", Climate You, April 2018
  • Charles A. Riley, "Art and Environment in Balance in Two Shows at the Heckscher", Hamptons Art Hub, June 2017
  • Abby Luby, “Earth as Art at The Heckscher Museum", Climate You, April 2017
  • Steve Parks, “Earth and Sky", Newsday, April 21, 2017
  • Catalogue, "Whims of Weather", PWP, May 2015
  • Jane L. Levere, "In Huntington, An Exhibition of Pioneering Photography through the Ages", The New York Times, February 2015
  • Julia Buntaine, "A Year of Featured Artists in Review", SciArt in America, August 2015
  • Danielle McCloskey, “Straight Talk with Melissa Fleming", SciArt in America, December 2014
  • Catalogue, "Regarding the Third Dimension", SSAC, November 2012 
  • Randall Babtkis, "Double Helix", Mission at Tenth, CIIS Inter-Arts Journal, Spring 2012
  • Catalogue, "Recycled", Kaunas Photo Festival, September 2010
  • Catalogue, Objective Affection, BOFFO, September 2009
  • Juan Caller, "Melissa Fleming: La Visibilidad de lo Intangible”, Tertulias Fotograficas, Oct 2008
  • Jim Casper, "Beyond the Visible: Two Works with Water", Lens Culture, September 2008
  • Elizabeth Randolph, "Faculty Notes: Melissa Fleming", Pratt Gateway, September 2008
  • Robert A. Schaefer, Jr., "Beyond the Visible in Nature: An Interview with Melissa Fleming", Double-Exposure, August 2008
  • Catalogue, Descubrimientos PHE, Photo Espana, June 2008
  • Robert A. Schaefer, Jr., "FotoFest", Double-Exposure, May 2008
  • Robert Baxter, "Worth Another Look", Courier-Post, January 2007
  • Catalogue, Point of View, Poughkeepsie Art Museum, March 2004


Honors & Awards

Juror Award, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, 2012
Artist in Residence, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY, 2007
Showcase Award, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, 2007
Juror Award, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, 2007
Juror Award, Positive Focus, Brooklyn, NY, 2005

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