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Artist Statement:

Melissa Martinez’ artwork is very personal, and reflective of her life and emotions. Melissa empathizes with nature, which inspires her to contemplate her own feelings. She often utilizes natural materials, movements, and phenomena that are often overlooked. Her drawings, sculpture, video and installations provide a momentary focus upon basic beauty and the oddity of simplicity. With increasingly multitasked lifestyles, our interests often come from efficient new technologies and complex human engineering; Martinez’ work refers to moments that pass us by during ordinary, everyday moments. Rather than implying that we should “get back to nature,” it shows how nature, by its own engineering, is an integral part of our daily lives.

Public Art

2011
Why Should I be Sad, Belle Tower, Scottsdale, Arizona

2010
Pollination, In Flux, Scottsdale, Arizona

Gallery Representation

2010-Current
Eye Lounge, Phoenix Arizona

2003-2008
515: a contemporary art space, Phoenix, Arizona

2000-2004
Art One, Scottsdale, Arizona

2002-2004
Kim Adams Fine Art Representation, Scottsdale, Arizona

Museum Exhibits

2012
Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

2010
Fusion, Heard Museum North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona

2009
Locals Only, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

2008
And These Natural Things: Works by Melissa Martinez, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

2007
Arizona Biennial ‘07, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
Carnival, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, Arizona

2006
Out There, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Phoenix, Arizona

2004
Land: A New Look at Arizona Landscapes, Shemer Art Center & Museum, Scottsdale, Arizona

2003
Sunday at Shemer Silent Auction, Shemer Art Center & Museum, Scottsdale, Arizona

Solo Exhibits

2011

Lament and Acquiesce, 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2007
Beautiful & Toxic, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2005
Melissa Martinez, Studio Architecture, Phoenix, Arizona

2004
Badland, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2003
The Quiet Earth, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2002
Desert Rumination, Rezurrection Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

2000
Desert Grind, Scottsdale, Arizona

Selected Group Exhibits

2012
6 x 6, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, Arizona

2011
Members Only, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, Arizona
Mail It In, Nicole Villeneuve Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Artlink Juried Exhibition, A.E. England Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
Members Only, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, Arizona

2010
Chaos Theory 11, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona

2009
Stencil, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California
Chaos Theory 10, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona
Sketch, MonOrchid, Phoenix, Arizona

2008
Paper, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California
Evolutionary Refinement, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California
Beautiful & Toxic, PVCC, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 9, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona

2007
Molten Brothers: Skateboard Deck Show, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
What Smells So Bad, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
$99 Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Periphery, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 8, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona

2006
Chaos Theory 7, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona
Exquisite Ride, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Molten Brothers: Skateboard Deck Show, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Badland, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Close to Home, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2005
Chaos Theory 6, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
Grounded, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Upgrade-Artist Made Birdhouses, Made, Phoenix, Arizona
Spring Exhibition, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Flora, Orange Table, Scottsdale, Arizona
We’re All Fed Up and Sorry, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Versus, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2004
Body of Work, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Fashion Show, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
Harvest, Eyelounge, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 5, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2003
HWC, Calvin Charles, Scottsdale, Arizona
HWC, Civic Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 4, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
6 x 6, Eyelounge, Phoenix, Arizona
Auction, Arizona Human Rights Fund, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Public Art, ArtistsRegister.com, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 3, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona

2002
515, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Valley Fever, ArtFit, Phoenix, Arizona
Visions for Youth 2002, MonOrchid & ArtFit Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

2000
Seed Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

1999
Be On Neon, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Yoni Festival of the Arts, Featured Artist, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Yoni Festival of the Arts, Step Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

1998
Fusion, Undergraduate Exhibition, Step Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Fahrenheit 2150, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Step Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

Selected Group Exhibits

2011
Art in the Boonies, Chicago, Illinois
Members Only, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, Arizona
Mail It In, Nicole Villeneuve Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Artlink Juried Exhibition, A.E. England Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
Quick Before it Melts, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation’s Pre-Solstice event at Bliss/Rebar, Phoenix, Arizona

2010
Chaos Theory 11, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona

2009
Stencil, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California
Chaos Theory 10, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona
Sketch, MonOrchid, Phoenix, Arizona

2008
Paper, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California
Evolutionary Refinement, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California
Beautiful & Toxic, PVCC, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 9, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona

2007
Molten Brothers: Skateboard Deck Show, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
What Smells So Bad, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
$99 Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Periphery, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 8, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona

2006
Chaos Theory 7, Legend City, Phoenix, Arizona
Exquisite Ride, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Molten Brothers: Skateboard Deck Show, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Badland, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Close to Home, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2005
Chaos Theory 6, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
Grounded, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Upgrade-Artist Made Birdhouses, Made, Phoenix, Arizona
Spring Exhibition, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Flora, Orange Table, Scottsdale, Arizona
We’re All Fed Up and Sorry, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Versus, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2004
Body of Work, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Fashion Show, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
Harvest, Eyelounge, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 5, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona

2003
HWC, Calvin Charles, Scottsdale, Arizona
HWC, Civic Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 4, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona
6 x 6, Eyelounge, Phoenix, Arizona
Auction, Arizona Human Rights Fund, Phoenix, Arizona
Art Detour, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Public Art, ArtistsRegister.com, Phoenix, Arizona
Chaos Theory 3, 3 Car Pile Up, Phoenix, Arizona

2002
515, Gallery 515, Phoenix, Arizona
Valley Fever, ArtFit, Phoenix, Arizona
Visions for Youth 2002, MonOrchid & ArtFit Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

2000
Seed Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

1999
Be On Neon, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Yoni Festival of the Arts, Featured Artist, Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
Yoni Festival of the Arts, Step Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

1998
Fusion, Undergraduate Exhibition, Step Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Fahrenheit 2150, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Step Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

Grants & Awards

2011
Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

2007
Catalyst Fund, Project Grant, Phoenix, AZ

1999
Deans List for Academic Accomplishments, ASU, Tempe, Arizona

Publications

2011
Eyelounge, produced by Logan Bellew, Phoenix, Arizona

2009
Locals Only, produced by Sara Cochran, Phoenix, Arizona

2008
And These Natural Things: Works by Melissa Martinez, produced by Jennifer Barton, Jennifer Frias, Jason Chakravarty, Riverside, California

2007
Carnival, written by Ted Decker, Tempe, Arizona
Periphery, produced by Jen Urso, Phoenix, Arizona
Deck 2, produced by Mike Goodwin & Ken Richardson, Phoenix, Arizona

2006
Deck, produced by Mike Goodwin & Ken Richardson, Phoenix, Arizona

Professional Experience

Senior Exhibit Designer, Heard Museum, February 2004-present
Preparator, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, May 1999-February 2004

Professional Associations

2006-2008
Roosevelt Row Board of Directors, Phoenix, Arizona

2002-2008
International Sculpture Center

2003-2007
ArtistsRegister.com, Phoenix, Arizona