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Joseph Mele

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Altitudinous Mixed Media 24" X 48" © Joseph Mele
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detail - material, april 2016 © GearBox Gallery
Quick Facts
Birthplace
New York
Birth year
1958
Lives in
Benicia, CA
Works in
Benicia, CA
Representing galleries
Oakland, CA, GearBox Gallery
Statement

JOSEPH MELE

EDUCATION

2009-2010    Printmaking and Bookmaking, Solano Community College, Suisun CA
1998-2006    Printmaking and Figure Drawing, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill CA
1997-1998    Figure Drawing, Solano Community College, Suisan CA
1983-1993    Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York NY
1980-1984    Liberal Arts Studies, Hunter College, New York NY
1978-1978    Photography and Design, New School for Social Research, New York, NY

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

Extra Sensory Perception Series at the Spinetta Family Law Center, Martinez, CA, since 2011

SELECTED SOLO and SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015           Doppelgängers: Joseph Mele and TaVee McAllister Lee, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA
                   Common Threads III: Naranjo, Fox and Mele, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA 2014           

2014           Unfinished Man: Robert Ray, Joseph Mele & Lillian Almeida Gallery 621, Benicia CA

2013           Altitudinous, Solo exhibit, Gallery 621, Benicia CA
                   The Changing Tides of Artists, Georgiana Gallery, Walnut Grove, CA

2012            From the Arsenal and Beyond, Gallery 621, Benicia CA   
                    Rhetoric: Joseph and Santino, Jordan Gallery, Benicia CA
                   On Paper: Don Reich, Lisa Neil and Joseph Mele, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA

2010            New Paintings, The Rellik Tavern, Benicia CA
                    Fighting The Pig, Two Person Show, Firehouse North Gallery, Berkeley CA

2008            New Work, Olson Gallery, Benicia CA

2007            Solo Mio, Vallejo Artists’ Guild, Vallejo CA

2006            Energy and Inspiration, Oz Salon and Gallery, Benicia CA

2003            Homosapien, Three Person Show, Epperson Gallery, Crockett CA

2002            Pipsqueak, Three Person Show, North Light Gallery, Napa CA

2001            Naked as an Apple, Benicia Public Library Art Gallery, Benicia CA
                    Figures in (e)motion, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015            Why They Make Art?, Exhibit with publication, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA
                    Variations on Abstraction, Transmission Gallery, Oakland CA 
                    Fragments: The Art of Collage and Assemblage, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA
                    It’s All About Books: Book Arts Invitational at CoalShed Studios, Vallejo, CA
                    Engage! An Opening, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA 

2014            Little Things 14, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
                    Transformation, Gallery 621, Benicia, CA
                    Micro Visions: Smaller Than Small, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA
                    Human Voice II: Art as Social Comment, Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento

2013            Gems II, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA
                    Coming Home, Solano Community College Fine Art Department, Fairfield, CA
                    The Spirit of the Art, Georgiana Gallery, Walnut Grove, CA
                    Fetish: A Quick Pop-up Show by Gallery Susan Alexander, San Francisco, SF
                    Urban Visions 2, the Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA
                    Myths, Legends and Prophecies, the Loft Gallery, Sacramento CA
                    Beyond Collage, Gallery 2110, Sacramento CA          
                    Hard Pressed: a printmaking showcase, at the Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA
                    Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2012            Bakers Dozen, The Quicksilver Mine Co., Forestville CA
                    Human Voice: the human presence in art, Gallery 2110, Sacramento CA
                    KVIE Art Auction, on-line auction, Sacramento CA

2011            4 Artists 1 Space, Shirocos, Benicia CA
                   Summer Art Jam, Skinner Howard Contemporary Art Gallery, Sacramento CA
                   Mele in the Alcove, Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento CA

2010            KVIE Art Auction, on-air auction, Sacramento CA
                    Small Works, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA
2009            Introductions, Skinner Howard Contemporary Art Gallery, Sacramento CA
                    Soupcon, Small Works, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2008            Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2007            Too Hot to Handle, The Main ARTery Gallery, Benicia CA
                    Black & White Only, Jurors John Ballou, Marc Pandone and Lauren Posner, Vallejo
                    Artists’ Guild, Vallejo CA

2006            The Body: Human Figure as Subject, Juror Gary Stutler, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo CA

2004            CA Works, CA State Fair, Sacramento CA
                    Seeing Red, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill CA

2003            Bound and Unbound–Printed Works, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill CA
                    Print Show, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

AWARDS

2006            Jurors’ Best of Show, Black & White Only Exhibition, Vallejo Artists’ Guild, Vallejo CA
2004            Award of Excellence, CA State Fair, Sacramento CA
2003            Two Awards of Merit, CA State Fair, Sacramento CA

COMMERCIAL ART PROJECTS

2000            Mural for Maritime Academy, Vallejo CA
1999            Mural for Dillon Bread Company, Vallejo CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013            Keri Luiz, Benicia Magazine, “ “Artists launch exercise in ’Rhetoric’”
2012            Adriene Rockwell, Benicia Magazine, “arts benicia: Open Studios 2012
2012            Robert Ray, Gallery 2110 Catalogue, “Human Voice: the human presence in art”
2010            Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald, "Benicia's brush with artistic heaven at 2001 Open Studios"
2009            News, Artweek Magazine, May 2009
2009            Kathryn Weller Renfrow, Inside Benicia, “Benicia Artists Welcome Hundreds of
2009            Visitors into Their Working Studios
2009            Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Sunday Times, The A-List, Critics Best Bets2009           
2008            Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Sunday Times, The A-List, Benicia’s open for art
2007            Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Times, “Eclectic works on display at Benicia gallery
2007            Inside Benicia, Kathryn Weller Renfrow, “A Brief History of Open Studios
2007            S.N. Jacobson, Listen and Be Heard, “The Name is Mele
2006            Sheila F. Johnson, Listen and Be Heard, “Diary of a 2006 Arty Award Winner
2004            Nate Berg, Martinez News-Gazette, “The Many Faces of Red
2003            Victoria Dalkey, The Sacramento Bee, “Mass Appeal: State Fair art competition has something for everybody
2001            Heather Bremner, Benicia Herald, “Vulnerability, nostalgia the keys in BPL Gallery’s new exhibit
2000            Richard Toronto, Benicia Herald, “Artist’s long journey into Benicia