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Erica B.

Melcher

1581 Highway 78 North, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650


(217) 473- 5577 | ericamelcherart@gmail.com | www.ericamelcherart.com

Education
2014
2011

Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale,
Illinois.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.

Awards and Honors


2011-2014
Graduate Assistantship, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
2013

Artist-In- Residence at Blue Connection, Decatur, Illinois.


Windgate Charitable Foundation Grant, Research grant for $500.00 to graduate students in art to
fund an artist residency position, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.

2011

Who's Who Among Students in America, Academic excellence award regarding exceptional
student in leadership, service, campus activities and academic achievement. Millikin University,
Decatur, Illinois.
Marvin Klaven Art Award, for $200.00 for maintaining a level of excellence in their chosen
medium. Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.

2010

David S. Monroe Art Award, for $200.00 to outstanding achievement in art and professional
attitude, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.

Teaching Experience
MacMurray College 2015- Present
Adjunct Faculty of Art, Art 102, Drawing I, Responsible for conducting daily class instruction, demonstrating
drawing techniques, and administering final grades.
Adjunct Faculty of Art, Directed Study Art 101, Responsible for individually meeting with student throughout the
semester to give class instruction and demonstration on 2 Dimensional techniques, as well as administer final
grades.
Millikin University 2014-2015
Adjunct Faculty of Art, AD 103, Drawing Orientation I, Responsible for conducting daily class instruction,
demonstrating drawing techniques, and administering final grades.

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Adjunct Faculty of Art, AD 106, Drawing Orientation II, Responsible for conducting daily class instruction,
demonstrating drawing techniques, and administering final grades.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2011-2014
Instructor of Record, AD 100A: Introduction to 2D Foundations. Responsible for
demonstrating class projects, techniques, and materials, while also instructing foundation art and design
terminology.
Instructor of Record, AD 110: Introduction to Drawing I (Still Life). Responsible for demonstrating drawing
techniques and facilitating in-class critiques. Students work from still-life arrangements.

Instructor of Record, AD 120: Introduction to Drawing II (Still Life). Responsible for demonstrating drawing
techniques, color theory, and facilitating in-class critiques. Students work from still-life arrangements.
Instructor of Record, AD 200: Introduction to Drawing III ( Figure Drawing I). Working from observation, students
learn various drawing techniques to accurately construct the human body.
Instructor of Record, AD 201: Beginning Painting (Still Life Oil Painting). Responsible for demonstrating oil painting
techniques and color theory. Facilitate formal and informal in-class critiques.
Instructor of Record, AD 300: 2D Studio Drawing (Figure Drawing II and III). Responsible for directing model and
demonstrating drawing techniques and materials, while also facilitating in-class critiques. Working from
observation, students learn various drawing techniques, including wet media and mixed media techniques.
Solo Exhibition
2014
Assembled Form, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Glove Factory, Southern Illinois
University Carbondale.
Erica Reese at Blue Connection, Artist-In-Residency, Blue Connection, Decatur, Illinois.
2011

Meet Virginia, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Perkinson Gallery and Lower Gallery, Millikin University,
Decatur, Illinois.

2010

A Record of Gestures, It's All About Wine gallery space, Springfield, Illinois. Invited by John
Roman, owner.
Erica Reese at Blue Connection, Blue Connection Retail Art Gallery, Decatur Illinois. Curated by
Allison Lacher, gallery manager.
A Corner of My World, Cheryl Kelly Photography Studio, Jacksonville, Illinois. Invited Cheryl Kelly,
gallery owner.

Juried Exhibitions
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2014

C4 8th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois.
Juror: Terry Suhre, Director for Gallery 210, and Professor at the University of Missouri- St. Louis.

2011

What's Next: 2nd Annual Undergraduate Juried Show, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Juror: Liz
Neilsen, Co- Director and Founder, Swimming Pool Project Space and Photography Faculty, the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Annual Student Exhibition, Perkinson Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. Juried by Millikin
Faculty.
The Seven Year Itch Venus Envy Juried Art Exhibition 2011, Bucktown Center for the Arts,
Davenport, Iowa.

Group Exhibitions
2015
Annual Faculty Show, Kirkland Fine Art Center, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. Curated by
Millikin Art Faculty.
2014

Paint, Eichold Gallery, Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama. Curated by Gallery Director, Wanda
Sullivan

2013

M.F.A. Preview Exhibition, University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
Curated by Nate Steinbrink, University Museum manager and curator.
Assimilating Perspectives, Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, Surplus Gallery,
The Glove Factory, Carbondale, Illinois.
After Five Live: Alumni Homecoming Exhibition, Blue Connection, Decatur, Illinois. Invited by Julie
Shields, gallery manager.
Second Year Review Show, Surplus Gallery, The Glove Factory, Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale, Illinois.
Friday Night Hop 2Nine Gallery, Jacksonville, Illinois. Invited by Allison Pratt, gallery owner.

2012

Untitled I: First Year Graduate Review Exhibition, The Surplus Gallery, The Glove Factory,
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
Friday Night Hop Eclectic Gallery, Jacksonville, Illinois. Invited by gallery owner, Sean Meek.
Collaged Contour ,Vergette Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
Obscure Stages The Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey, Graduate Association of Painters and
Printmakers, Murphysboro, Illinois.

2011

Middle Ground Surplus Gallery, The Glove Factory, Graduate Association of Painters and
Printmakers, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.

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4th Annual Exhibition of Nudes, Asa Talcott House, The Imagine Foundation, Jacksonville, Illinois.
Invited by Claire Porter, Imagine Foundation founder.
Sweet Art, Inner Harmony, The Imagine Foundation, Jacksonville, Illinois. Invited by Claire Porter,
Imagine Foundation founder.
Shameless Grounds Art Exhibition Shameless Grounds Cafe, St Louis, Missouri. Invited by Claire
Porter, Imagine Foundation founder.

Professional Experience
2013
Artist Alumni Panel Discussion, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. Invited by Lyle Salmi, Millikin
University Art Department Chair.
Gallery Manager, Blue Connection Retail Art Gallery, Decatur, Illinois.
2012-2013

President, Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, Organized Annual Mini Print print
exchange and fundraiser.

2012

Naperville High School College Fair, Recruitment for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
School of Art and Design, Naperville, Illinois.

2011-2012

Vice President, Graduate Association of Painters and Print Makers. Assisted president with
organizational duties.

2010

1st Annual High School Art Show Art Panel, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. Served on Millikin
University Art Panel for High School Students seeking information about college art programs.
Printmaking Demonstration, 1st Annual High School Art Show workshop, Millikin University,
Decatur, Illinois. Supervised by Jamie Kotewa, Drawing Instructor at Millikin University.

Publications
2015
2012

Untitled IV, Studio Visit Volume 27, pg. 122.


Meet Virginia, an assortment of paintings and drawings from B.F.A. Show, Students At Large.
Online magazine.

Membership
2011- 2014

Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers

2012-2013

Eclectic Art Gallery, Jacksonville, Illinois

Service
2012-2013

Donation to Art Over Easy, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University Carbondale,
Carbondale, Illinois.
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2011-2013

Donation to Mini Print, Graduate Association of Painters and Print Makers, Carbondale, Illinois.

2010-2011

Swimming Coach, Special Olympics, Decatur, Illinois. Directed and taught swimming techniques
to Special Olympic athletes. Supervised by Paul Yemm, Head Men and Women swim coach at
Millikin University.

2010

ISMART Girls Workshop, Group Leader and Mentor, Guided and assisted young women for
ISMART Girls Workshop. Supervised by Julie Sheilds, manager of Blue Connection Art Gallery.

Collections
2013

School of Entrepreneurship, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.

2011

Tabor School of Business, Millikin University,Decatur,Illinois

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