Melissa Staiger in her studio 2017, photo taken by Maria Hupfield

Melissa Staiger is a Brooklyn, New York City based artist and independent curator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from Pratt Institute. 

Her work has been in group shows at ABC No Rio, Arts@Renaissance, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Heliopolis Project, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, The Painting Center, Schema Projects, Sideshow Gallery, Trestle Gallery, Trestle Projects, TSA, Ventana 244, and the Wilmer Jennings Gallery. Staiger has had solo shows at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery and Trestle Projects in New York City. In 2017 she has shown her largest painting to date at the Cementa Festival in Kandos, Australia.

In August 2017 she attended The Wassaic Project artist residency and continued her large size body of work. In 2015-2016, she was selected to be the Curator-in-Residence for Trestle Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Staiger was nominated and attended the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida in 2013.

Staiger teaches Abstract Painting at Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery and Collage & Mixed Media at the 92Y in New York City.

More Information:

Artist Statement


Curatorial Projects:  

Plus One

Unexpected Dimension

Curator-in-Residence at Trestle Projects



tART Year 8: A Self-Curated Show

Patterns of Growth

On the Radio:

Radio Hive

You Tube: 

Melissa Staiger Interviews 

Facebook Groups & Pages:

Arts Opportunities, Jobs & Advice

Melissa Staiger Art

Zines and Catalogs
tART Zine Volume 2
tART Zine for Japan

Triangles Catalog

Modern Oracles Zine

Trestle Projects: Curator-in-Residence Exhibition Catalog, 2015 - 2016