Education

2011    MFA, Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
2000    BA, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
1997    AA, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT

Solo Exhibitions


2015    Stockman Gallery, "Kissing the Wall," New Britain, CT
2013    Meta Lacy Gallery, “Body Props,” Art League of New Britain, CT
2010    Visitors Center, “SWAP SHOP, Storefront Project,” New Britain, CT
2009    City Arts on Pearl, “Delicates,” Hartford, CT
2008    Downtown Gallery, “Inedibles,” New Britain, CT
            Artspace, “Delicates,” New Haven, CT
2007    Westport Arts Center, “Delicates,” Westport, CT
2006    New Britain Commission on the Arts, City Hall, “Recent Works,” New Britain, CT
2003    Pegasus Gallery, “Recent Works,” Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT

Collaborative Projects

2016    Artpace, “People Puzzle,” performance and community participatory work in collaboration with Robert Gregson

Group Exhibitions

2017

Artspace, "Paris, Texas," New Haven, CT
The Institute Library, “Nasty Women Connecticut,” New Haven, CT
Spectrum Art Gallery, "Follow The Line," Centerbrook, CT
Five Points Gallery, "Figure This," Torrington, CT

2016
Mattatuck Museum, "Synergy: Uconn at The Matt," Waterbury, CT
Gallery Aferro, “Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival,” Newark, New Jersey
Real Art Ways, "The Real Party," Hartford, CT
Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, “Women’s Work,” Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Artspace, “Game On! City-Wide Open Studios,” New Haven, CT
Maloney Hall Art Gallery, “Faculty Exhibition 2016,” Central Connecticut State University, CT
Herter Gallery, "50 Shades of Red," University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Dehn Gallery, "2D3D," Manchester, CT

2015     
Six Summitt Gallery, "By Night," Ivoryton, CT
Warehouse XI, “Reclassified,” Somerville, MA

2014      
Gibney Dance, “Making Space,” New York, NY

2013
Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age Initiative (C-MAP) at Museum of
Modern Art, “Artist Breakfast,” Curated by David Horvitz
http://post.at.moma.org/content_items/242-artist-breakfast
City Arts on Pearl, “Intimate Sound Portrait,” Hartford, CT
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, “Objectified,” Boston, MA
The Institute Library, “Maker’s Manual,” New Haven, CT
Meta Lacy Gallery, “Body Props,” Art League of New Britain, CT

2012
The Point, “In The Shadows,” Eastleigh, UK
The Institute Library, “Making Room: ten interpretations,” New Haven, CT
Artspace, “Synergy...Art from the Collection of Jochen Kunstsammler,” Hartford, CT
Farmington Valley Arts Center, “Now Showing,” Avon, CT
Six Summit Gallery, “Exquisite,” Ivoryton, CT

2011
Soapbox Gallery, “SWAP SHOP,” New York, NY
Boston Public Library, “Transitional Spaces:  Art, Design and Architecture,” Grove Hall Branch, Boston, MA

2010
808 Commonwealth Gallery, “Boston Young Contemporaries,” Boston, MA
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, “SPECTRUM:  Contemporary Color Abstraction,” Wilmington, DE

2008
Artspace, 11th Annual City-Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT

2007
Artspace, 10th Annual City-Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT

2006
Haskins Laboratory, “Structure,” New Haven Arts Council, New Haven, CT
Arts + Literature Laboratory, “Member + Friends Exhibition,” New Haven, CT
Artspace, 9th Annual City-Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT

2005
Artspace, 8th Annual City-Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT

2004
Hygienic Gallery, “Emerging Artists,” New London, CT
Samuel S. T. Chen Gallery, “Redux,” Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Honors, Awards And Grants

2016 People Puzzle, funded by Artspace, New Haven, CT
2008 The Loomis Chaffee School, Artist in Residence, Windsor, CT
2008 Artspace, Artist in Residence, 11th Annual City-Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT
2006 Artspace, Artist in Residence, 9th Annual City-Wide Open Studios, Alternative Spaces, Hamden, CT
2005 New Britain Museum of American Art, “Enigma,” Art Lab Project, grant funded from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) New Britain, CT
2005 New Britain Museum of American Art, Artist Assistant, installation of Sol Lewitt Wall Drawing #1196, New Britain, CT


Public Collections

Boston Public Library, Grove Hill Branch, Boston, MA
The New Britian Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
The Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT

Bibliography

2015
Stephen Hard, “Melanie Carr, Kissing the Wall.” Hartford Courant. July 31, 2015
Jeff Gebeau, “New gallery opening Friday night.” New Britain Herald. August 6, 2015
Susan Dunne, “Exhibit Shines Light On Artists Working By Night.” Hartford Courant. June 29, 2015

2010
Hank Hoffman, “CWOS 2010 weekend 3.” CT Art Scene. October 13, 2010 (Web)
Chris Richie, “Trading this for that.” New Britain Herald. March 24, 2010 


Panels/Presentations/Guest Lectures

2017
Guest Lecturer, Connecticut Art/Sculpture in Public Spaces, Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education (MILE), Middletown, CT

2016
Moderated & led Q & A with New Media artist Maya Jeffereis, NBMAA
Organized and presented panel discussion exploring the world of contemporary art with Director of Five Points Gallery (Torrington, CT) and Juror of the 46th Annual Nor’Easter Members Exhibition Judith McElhone and first prize winner of the Members Exhibition Janet Lage, NBMAA

2014
Accreditation panel member, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT

2011
Guest Lecturer, CT Women Artists Members Juried Exhibition, Cooper Beech Inn, Ivoryton, CT


Visiting Artist Presentations/Teaching Experience

2016-present
Visiting Artist: Art 1010 Foundation: Studio Concepts, University of Connecticut, Waterbury Campus, CT
Adjunct - Art 130, Drawing 1, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 

2013-2016
Developed content, implemented, and led all outdoor sculpture garden tours, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT

2011
3D + Design, Visiting Artist/Instructor, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Saturday Art Workshop, provided student teacher classroom evaluations, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 

2010 - 2016
Resident Teaching Artist, Pathways Senderos, New Britain, CT

2009
Resident Artist, Pathways Senderos/Art League of New Britain, Be Creative Program, dance & sculpture focus, funded by the New Britain Arts Alliance, New Britain, CT

2008
Culturekids - Green Street’s Family Series, teaching artist, Green Street Arts Center, Wesleyen University, Middletown, CT

2007-09
Contemporary Sewing Circle/Bridging the Gaps between Gender, Age & Medium.  Artspace, New Haven, CT

2006
Youth Studios Program, Artist in Residence, 8 weeks - Fiberworks, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT
3-D + Design Class - ages 12-18, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT

2005
Sculpture in Motion - ages 12-18, mobiles + sculptures, lesson plans Calder + Rodchenko, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT

2004
Art Explorers -  ages 5-8, lesson plans coordinate with collection, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT

Professinal Affiliations

2017        Curatorial Advisory Board, Artspace, New Haven, CT 
2016        Curator-in-residence, Stockman Gallery
                Consultant, State of CT, Art in Public Spaces, current
2015        CT Main Street Gala Planning Committee
2012-16   Art Commissioner, City of New Britain, CT
2011-13   Board of Directors, Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, New Britain, CT
2008-11   Visual Arts Committee (VAC) Member, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2002-09   Board of Directors, Art League of New Britain, CT

Exhibitions Juried

2016 Juror, CT Women Artists Member’s Juried Show, ALNB, New Britain, CT
2013 Juror, Annual Student Art Exhibition, Simsbury High School, CT
2008 Juror, CONNcentric, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT (Curated by Liza Statton –Gallery Director, Melanie Carr and Chris Joy)
2006 Juror, Joy of Art, Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, CT 

Curatorial Projects

2016
New Media: Kevin Kelly: The Barely Visible, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Kathleen Jacobs & Suzan Scott: Elemental Landscapes, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT
Kat Harrison: RAW, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT
col·lage k??läZH /, Matthew Best, Matthew Feiner, Margaret Vaughan, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT
New Media: Maya Jeffereis: Fallout Shelter, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
David Holzman: From the Book of Umm, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT
Floral Expressions, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Media: Nick Cave, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2015
Shared Resources, The Gallery at Whitney Center, Hamden, CT, Co-Curated with Debbie Hesse
New Media: Julie Orser, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
By Night, Six Summitt Gallery, Ivoryton, CT
New Media: Catherine Ross: Laugh Track, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2014
New Media: John O’Donnell, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Media: David Borawski, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Floral Expressions, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Click! Clack! Ding! The American Typewriter, Co-Curated with Director of Education Linda Mare, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Media: Ivan Toth Depena, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2013
Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Maker’s Manuel, The Institute Library, New Haven, CT
New Media: Brown Gillespie, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Media: Eric Souther, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Media: Paul Theriault and Siebren Versteeg: Particular Heights 2.0, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2012     
New Media: Michael Conti: Slapstick, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT 
New Media: Victoria Bradbury: Blue Boar, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2011     
New Media: Deb Todd Wheeler, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
New Media: Ted Efremoff : Time in Contest with Truth, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Colin Burke: Parallax, a Solargraphic Installation, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2009
Women Artists, City Hall, New Britain, CT

Travel 
Belgium Barging Tour: Exploring the Flemish Master, 2012    
Led tour with guests onboard 20-passenger barge, the Fleur, and absorbed Belgium’s history and its many pleasures from Bruge to Brussels stopping in Ghent, Dendermonde, Antwerp, and Willebroek, visiting castles, cathedrals and museums and taking in masterpieces by the van Eyck brothers, Rubens and Bruegel, among others.

Military
Operations Specialist, E4, USS Willamette (AO-180), United States Navy, Pearl Harbor, HI, 1991 - 1994