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Melissa Day

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Birth year

Lives in
Palo Alto

Works in
San Francisco Bay Area / Toronto


UC Berkeley (University of California Berkeley), 2005, MFA
Queen's University, Canada, 1992, BFA
Glasgow School of Art, 1990, Exchange Scholarship

Representing galleries

mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, digital, conceptual, exhibition/performance


b. 1970, London, Canada.

Represented by Peak Gallery, Toronto

Hummed, whistled, or sung, Mel Day's recent work is preoccupied with the idea that two different states can exist simultaneously. Something is there and not there, is known and not known. Faith and doubt exist at the same time. This radical ambivalence brings with it deepening mystery and unlikely hope.

Mel Day is a Canadian interdisciplinary visual artist and experimental contemplative currently living in Northern California. She recently co-founded the transformative design start-up, DUALCITIZEN, based in Berkeley and Silicon Valley, with artist Miriam Dym. Her work is shown both nationally and internationally including recent shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a two-person show in Berlin, and as part of the traveling multi-media exhibition, “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama." Awards include a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts, the Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts from UC Berkeley and upcoming residencies at the Djerassi Arts Program in Woodside, CA and Stanford University. She received her Masters in Fine Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen's University, Canada and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1992. Day is represented by Peak Gallery, Toronto.



Recent Exhibits

Melissa Day participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2010 Cinema by the Bay, presented by Southern Exposure and The San Francisco Film Society
Southern Exposure
May, 2009 Artists Insight: YAAW
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Apr, 2009 Through Future Eyes: The Endurance of Humanity
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Apr, 2009 Mixed Metaphors and Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Michael Rosenthal Gallery
May, 2008 Hopeless and Otherwise
Southern Exposure
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