John K. Melvin

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mixed-media, arts-education, installation, landscape, collective, modern, studio-lofts, digital, research, graffiti/street-art, gallery, conceptual, sculpture, cultural-center
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­­Skill Summary


John Melvin is an international artist intent on distilling a meaning of ecology relevant to society.  He typically up-cycles materials that have passed their traditional use.  A majority of his practice is intended or situated in the public realm. 




2009     MFA, San Francisco Art Institute

2005     Post Baccalaureate in Studio Arts, Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France

2004     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1997-8  University of Washington, Pre-Architecture Undergraduate Studies


Grants, Awards, Honors, Etc.


2016                 Residency with World Monuments Fund (Plastic Pollution), Siem Reap, Cambodia

2016                 Site Specific Commission, The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina

2016                 Artist in Residence, Jentel Foundation, Wyoming

2015                 Artist in Residence, La Napoule Foundation, FRANCE

2015                 U.S. Embassy Funded Artist in Collaboration, Gogol Fest, UKRAINE.

2014                 Artist Stipend, HUMUS PARK, Land Art Biennale 2014, ITALY

2013                 Juror for Fairbanks 64th Parallel Annual Art Show, Alaska.

2010                 Residency for Commission at GogolFest 2010, Kiev, UKRAINE

2009                 Artist Assistant to Patrick Dougherty, Upper Crust, San Francisco

2008                 Lance Fung curatorial Intern for Lucky Number 7, SITE Santa Fe 2008 Biennale

2008-9              San Francisco Arts Commission, Stipend for Temporary Projects in Natural Settings

2007-9              SFAI Graduate Study Grant

2005                 Grant from the Chaney Foundation, Carnation, WA (Aven Project grant)

2005                 Fellowship for the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art

2004                 Graduated with Distinction & Departmental Award, Massachusetts College of Art


Lectures given at, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Pont Aven School of Art, San Francisco Arts Commission, Fairbanks Art Association, Friends of Lake Merced Association, Ukrainian arts Festival (Gogolfest), and many more.



 Exhibitions – SELECTED->>>


RESIST, group show, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ


Solo Exhibit, Site Specific Installation, Chateau La Napoule, France

Truth With Lies, Solo Exhibit, Gallery E23, Naples, Italy

Solo Exhibit, The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, North Carolina


CancerUS v1, Multiple Site Specific Installations, Mandilieu-La Napoule, France

Senza Confini, Campi Flegrei Land Art Festival, Lago Averno, Italy

KYDA, Collaboration for GogolFest, Kiev, Ukraine

Anacortes Juried Art Show, Juror: Stefano Catalini (BAM), Anacortes WA


DARK, Arc Gallery, San Francisco

SANTORINI BIENNALE, 2nd edition,  Curator: Kikos Papadopulos; Greece

HUMUS PARK, Land Art Biennale, Pordenone, Italy

SUVA Faculty Show, Florence Quater Gallery, Tucson, AZ


Aven Redux, Solo Exhibition, America’s Cup, 7 on Locust, Mill Valley, CA

Ice Pods, Solo Exhibition, Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco, CA


LaGrange National Biennial XVII, LaGrange Art Musuem/Lamar Dodd Center, Georgia

Gallery 110 Annual Juried Exhibition, Curator: Nora Atkinson, Gallery 110, Seattle WA


Alpha Omega Monument, Site Specific Installation, Grand Rapids Public Museum, ArtPrize 2011

Museum of Pocket Art 1st Retrospective, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Ramp Gallery, Solo Exhibition, SOMArts,  Curator: Justin Hoover, San Francisco


Commission for GogolFEST 2010, Dovzhenko Film Studios, Kiev, Ukraine

5th National Exhibition, Juror, Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery, Axis Gallery, Sacramento

Borders, Root Division, San Francisco

Denizen, Curator: Niki Shapiro, Lobot Gallery, Oakland

Salon des Refuses, Curator: Stuart Keeler, Americans for the Arts Public Art, Baltimore Marriott

Eidolon, Climate Theater, San Francisco

21 Projects, Royal None Such Gallery, Oakland California

"My San Francisco: A Neighborhood Mashup", Cents Collaboration, ZEUM, San Francisco Children’s Museum

Invisible Homes, CENTS collaboration, SOMArts, Curator: Justin Hoover, San Francisco





2009-2003, Extensive exhibitions nationally and internationally, for complete listing, go to:





Selected Publications


Vernissage de l’EvoCrawler, GILLES MASSÉ, Nice-Matin (Cannes), July 19th, 2016, CAN B1, p22

Sculpture Resident Artist Announced at The Bascom in Highlands, NC, Carolina Arts, April 2016, p28

Land Art: le opera nella natura diventano un evento sociale, IL-MATTINO, Nazionale, October 4, 2015, p43

HUMUS PARK,, May 31, 2014,

Prime Visite guidate a Humus Park, Messaggero di Pordenone, June 7th, 2014, p26

HUMUS Park, Anna Castellari, NEURA MAGAZINE, #69, June 2014, p20

DALLA NATURA ALL ‘UOMO ALLA NATURA, Erica Marson, OTTAGONO, 272 – 7/1/2014, p16-25, p21

“ArtPrize 2011 begins”, Wood TV, Sept. 22, 2011

“Nailing an entry for Artprize”, Matt Gade, AP / Detroit News.  Sept. 17, 2011: A1, p1, Metro Final

“Wonderland brightens Tenderloin, artists' spirit”, Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle.  Nov. 8, 2009, C1&2

 “Fresh Young Things: New Talent from Northern California”, Foster, Tim., Midtown Monthly. July 2009: 24

Getting Fresh”, Shafiee, Shoka.,  Sacramento News and Reviews, d’art picks section. July 9, 2009: 3

Picked Fresh from the Field of Fine Art: Seeds of Major Talent on Display at JAYJAY Show for Recent Grads”., The Sacramento Bee, Weekend Ticket Section. July 17, 2009: 8-9

Freshly Varnished and Ready for Their Close Up”, Beltran, JD., SFGATE: City Brights, Art And Culture Fix,  May 20, 2009:

“MFA and Morandi”, Ewart, Nancy., Bay Area Art Quake: MFA and Morandi, May 25, 2009:

The Kowbott Workshop: John K Melvin Artworks;, 2008

Sculpture, September 2007, Aven Project Review

Chroniques du Pays de Pont-Aven, Cyrille Maguer, Editions Alan Sutton 2007

France 3, June 16th 2006, Television documentary on the Aven Project

« Art. Un rêve Américan flotte sur Pont-Aven », Le Télégramme, 26 Janvier 2006, SUD, page 10

France 3, January 15th, 2006, Television program on Breton culture, and Artists working with nature (Rospico Installation)



Employment Experience


Sole Proprietor – Creative Design Services JKM BUILT, Core Faculty SUVA (fine art), Project Director for Lance Fung (curatorial), Assistant Teacher SFAI, Chief Fabricator for Al Farrow (fine art), Printshop Studio Manager PASCA, Teaching Assistant PASCA, Executive Asst at Hartford Ins, Engineer Asst at Perini, Law Clerk at Stokes, Campaign Associate at various, Marketing Representative at various, Office Associate at various, Line Supervisor at UPS, Contractor with various clients.


Additional experience and references available upon request

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