Visiting Artist Exhibition

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MacDowell Series #1, Sept., 2012 Watercolor © photo by artist
Visiting Artist Exhibition

23 Garrison's Landing
Garrison, New York 10524
October 20th, 2012 - November 18th, 2012
Opening: October 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

United States
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 - 5pm
Garrison Union Free School


The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center

23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY 10524

Recent Paintings by 2012 visiting Artist Melissa Meyer

October 20 – November 18, 2012, reception October 20, 6 to 8pm

Contact: Carinda Swann, Executive Director, Garrison Art Center, 845.424.3960


Garrison Art Center announces painter Melissa Meyer from New York City as the 2012 Visiting Artist. This new initiative opens with an exhibition on October 20 which runs through November 18, 2012, with a public reception to meet the artist on October 20, from 6 to 8pm.  The exhibition includes work completed this September during Meyer’s residency at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, the oldest in the country. 

As a part of the new Visiting Artist program, Meyer is conducting workshops with Garrison School eight grade students. A selection of the student work is also included in a simultaneous exhibition at the Art Center. In addition, Meyer will present a talk and presentation “My Life as a Colonist” on Nov. 11, from 3;00-4:30, as a part of Art Center professional development opportunities for member artists.

Meyer’s work is included in numerous books and is widely acknowledged in various publications.

According to Peter Frank, Huffington Post, Nov. 4, 2011:

Melissa Meyer has refined her nervous, quasi-written line and her jaunty palette into the best kind of formula: one that pushes not only against the tendency to self-replicate, but against the artist’s own facility. …two parts abstract expressionism to one part pre-war geometricism and one-and-a-half part Zen calligraphy, so, that, while gesture is the coin of her realm, Meyer locks her elegant wrist-driven notations into a very strict counterpoint.

Lance Esplund of The Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2009, sees a lyrical dance of sorts in Meyer’s solo exhibition at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.

The fusion of line and ground…creates an interplay in which linear movements become special arabesques.  …dancing, knotted webs of bright color and line, struggle between openness and restraint, air and solid. Their imminent frontality is buoyant and percussive, somewhere between a wall of water and a wall of fire.

Melissa Meyer holds both a BS and an MA from New York University.  She is represented by Lennon Weinberg Gallery in New York. Her lengthy exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York; Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; Holly Solomon Gallery, New York and Galerie Renee Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland.  Her works have been included recently in group exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, New York; Texas Gallery, Houston; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York and the National Academy of Design in New York, an organization of which she is a member.

Meyer has completed public commissions in New York, Tokyo and Shanghai. Her work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum and many other public and private collections across the United States.

Meyer was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She is a frequent artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York as well as at the Vermont Studio Center. Additional information about Melissa Meyer and her work can be found online at

The Visiting Artist initiate is made possible through generous donations made by the Art Center’s Leadership Circle Members: Chris Buck, Bill Burback and Peter Hofmann, Kim Conner and Nick Groombridge, Marylyn Dintenfass and John Driscoll, Heidi Ettinger, Stacey Farley and Peter Davoren, Judith and George Lowry, Mary Madden and Greg Glasson, Liza and Michael Musgrave, Annie Myers, Zanne and Gordon Stewart, and Sheila and Rick Thurston.

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. For more information visit or call 845-424-3960.