Melissa Thorne                                                                                                



1998                MFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

1993                BFA                 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

1992                                        Yale University Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT

1991                                        Temple University/Tyler School of Art, Rome campus, Rome, Italy

Solo Exhibitions        

2017                    Shadde, BUSHEL, Delhi, NY

2017                    Desert Center, Epicenter Projects, Indio, CA, on-site and online exhibition @

2015                    By the Light or the Eye, GRIDSPACE, Brooklyn, NY               

2013                    A Wall Around a Window, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

2010                    ROCKSLIDE ROCKSOLID, 2 concurrent solo exhibitions at 2 locations:

                           Devin Borden/Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX (paintings)

                           Optical Project, Houston, TX (sound installation)

2008                    A Partial Index of Improvements, Devin Borden/Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

2004                    Aerials and Elevations, Devin Borden/Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX 

2003                    superstructure, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2002                    Melissa Thorne: New Paintings, Devin Borden/Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

2001                    radiant city, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2000                    Drawings: plans for small units, Devin Borden/Hiram Butler Gallery , Houston, TX

1999                    A miracle of spatial unity..., Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1998                    Melissa Thorne: paintings, LAX Exhibitions, Houston, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019                 Aftereffect, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

                        Zodiac Ballet, Harris Gallery, University of Laverne, Laverne, CA

                        Everyday Perfection, Albany International Airport, Art and Culture Program (catalog)

2018                Three Squared, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, NY

  True North, LabSpace, Hillsdale, NY

2016                 Drawing, Galerie Anke Schmidt, Cologne, Germany

2015                 Fifth Winter, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

Howdy Doody, Collarworks, Troy, NY

Exquisite, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY

Mixed Doubles, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

 2014               Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Machine Project Gallery, Los Angeles, California

                        Texas Contemporary Art Fair, with Devin Borden Gallery, Houston TX

2013                 An Armory Show, Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges, Albany, NY (catalog)                    

                        CAMPUS:  New Acquisitions, Harris Art Gallery, University of LaVerne, LaVerne, CA (catalog)

2012                 Material Occupation, University Art Museum, University at Albany (SUNY), Albany, NY (catalog)

                        SUNY Faculty Exhibition, University at Albany, NY

2011                 Synthetic Supports: Plastic is the New Paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

                        Works on Paper, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

                        Site as Symbol, curated by Survey West Collaborative, FOCA, Los Angeles, CA

2008                 A Machine Field Guide to LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

                        Art Brussels, with Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Brussels, Belgium

2007                 Fata Morgana, Galerie Schmidt MacZollek, Koln, Germany (booklet/catalog)

2006                 Fair Exchange, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA, curated by Irene Satsos (catalog)

2005                 Scripps Faculty Exhibition, Ruther Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA

                        Color, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

                        Especial, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Koln, Germany

2004                 knitknit, sundown salon, Los Angeles, CA

                        Microclimate, Harris Art Gallery, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

2003                 Perpetuum Mobile, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Koln, Germany

                        Blue, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

                        The Armory Show, with Susanne Vielmetter, New York, NY

2002                 Blend, Harris Art Gallery, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

                         Systems, Order, Nature, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

                         Labyrinths, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

2001                 Are Friends Electric?,  Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas, curated by Steven Hull

                        SongPoems, Leslie, Cohan and Browne, New York, NY, curated by Steven Hull (catalog)

                         fabric, pattern, needle, thread, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA

                         Bibli-lo-tech, Kerry Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas, curated by Brooke Stroud

                         Women Rule, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX

2000                 Core, Glassell Building, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX (catalog)

                         Shimmer, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Thomas Lawson

1999                 L.A. Morgenrot, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Koln, Germany

1998                 Blinded by the Light, The Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA


Grants, Fellowships, & Academic Awards

2018                 Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation Grant

2017                 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Shadde exhibition

2015                 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Painting

2012-2015        Faculty Research Awards Program Grants, University at Albany, SUNY

2008-2010        University of California Academic Senate Research Grants

2008                 University of California Regents Faculty Fellowship

2007                 Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship (in association with the Santa Fe Art Institute)

2002                 Durfee Artist’s Resource for Completion Grant (ARC, now administered through the Center for Cultural Innovation)

1997                 Durfee Summer Fellowship, for work with non-profit organizations


Artist Residencies

2016                 Epicenter Projects Residency

2007                 Santa Fe Art Institute Residency

2004                 Ucross Foundation Artist's Residency

1999-2000        Core Program Residency/Glassell Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1995                 Artist’s Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NB


Lectures and Visitations

2017                 Visiting Artist Lecture, Sage College, Albany, NY

2016                 Visiting Artist Lecture and round-table discussion, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

2015                 Visiting Artist studio tour, Sage College, Albany, NY

Visiting Artist Lecture and studio visits, Boston University, Boston, MA

Visiting Critic, Architecture Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

 2014                Visiting Artist Lecture, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

Lecture and Public Workshop, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:  in conjunction with

                        Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2013                 Visiting Artist Lecture and studio visits, University of Houston, Houston, TX

                        Public Artist Lecture, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

2010                 Visiting Critic, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

2007                 Visiting Artist Lecture, Reed College, Portland, OR

2003                 Visiting Critic, Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, CA


Selected Bibliography

Rinaldi, Ray Mark, “Tracking Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence on artists today at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art,” The Denver Post, March 24, 2019

Talty, Terry, “After Effect: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Painting,”, March 13, 2019

Wolf, Stephanie, “At MCA Denver, Contemporary Artists Reflect on O’Keeffe’s Enduring Influence,” Colorado Public Radio,, February 21, 2019, live audio

Anderson, Cori, “Tattoos, Georgia O’Keeffe and carved paintings take over the MCA with new exhibits,” 303Magazine, February 18, 2019

Williams, Joel, “LabSpace seeks to connect regional artists,” Berkshire Record, May 11, 2018

Weekend Arts selection, “Exhibit to close in Delhi,” The Oneonta Star, August 26, 2017

Arts + Entertainment selection, “New Installment at Bushel: Shadde,” The Delhi Reporter, July 26, 2017

Fischer, Joshua, “Pattern as Space: Monica Vidal and Melissa Thorne,”, December 27, 2013

Montana, Kelly, “Melissa Thorne: A Wall Around a Window,” Arts and Culture Magazine, December 4, 2013 (online and print edition)

Klassmeyer, Kelly, “Melissa Thorne Takes on Blocks and Rocks in ‘A Wall Around a Window’,” Houston Press, November 27, 2013 (online and print edition)

Grabner, Michelle, “The Political Ecology of Matter and Thingly Things,” Material Occupation, exhibition catalog essay, 2012

Schaming, Corinna, “Material Occupation,” Material Occupation, exhibition catalog essay, 2012

Haeg, Fritz, “Conversation with Melissa Thorne, Mark Allen and Adam Goldman,” Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive, limited edition book/catalog, 2009

Glynn, Liz, “Interview with Samuel Bing and Melissa Thorne,” Machine Project:  a Field Guide (catalog), 2009

Editorial Review, “Fata Morgana bei Schmidt MacZollek,” Stadt Revue Kolnmagazin, December 2007

Ehrenreich, Ben, “Fata Morgana,” Fata Morgana, exhibition catalog essay, 2007

Satsos, Irene, “The Shock of the Familiar,” Fair Exchange, exhibition catalog essay, 2006

Davenport, Bill, "Melissa Thorne at Devin Borden Hiram Butler,", July 2002

Klaasmeyer, Kelly, "Paper Route," Houston Press, June 20, 2002

Stalford, Maria, "Labyrinths - Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery",, February 2002

McCabe, Bret, "California Dreaming," Dallas Observer, September 6, 2001

Blackwell, Josh, “Melissa Thorne at Susanne Vielmetter,” Art Issues, summer 2001

Danicke, Sandra, “Neue Dreistigkeit,” Frankfurter Runschau, Feuilleton, April 30, 2001

Klaasmeyer,Kelly, “Office Max,” Houston Press, March 29, 2001

Colpitt, Frances, “Space City Takes Off,” Art in America, October 2000

Kalil, Susie, “Core 2000,” exhibition catalog essay and interview, 2000

Lawson, Thomas, “Shimmer: notes on some recent abstract painting in Los Angeles,” exhibition brochure essay, Barnsdall Municipal Gallery, 2000

Pagel, David, “Themes out of School,” CAArt, catalog essay, Los Angeles, CA, 2000

Koerver, Jens Peter, “Die Grosstadt ist auch nur ein Allerweltsort,” Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger, December 16, 1999


Current Academic Employment

Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY