Melissa Staiger is a New York City based artist and independent curator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Staiger was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Upper Marlboro, a suburb outside of Washington, D.C.

In 2019, she has multiple projects lined up. Her solo exhibition “In the Fountain” is on display from May 28 - June 30 at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies Gallery located on Pratt Manhattan’s campus, located at 144 West 14th Street, NYC.

SEEKER”, a two-person show by Jaimie Powell and Melissa Staiger, curated by Eileen Lynch of Neumeraki, is on display at the Yard - City Hall Park (116 Nassau Street, Floors 5 & 6, NYC) from January 29 to May 1. A catalog of the exhibition is available on

Melissa Staiger and Maria Hupfield’s collaborative works on paper are available at Hugues Charbonneau Gallery at Papier 2019, Contemporary Art Fair in Montréal, Québec, Canada from April 25 - 28.

Staiger also co-curated “Pamela Colman Smith: Life and Work(on display January 31 - April 11) with Colleen Lynch at Pratt Institute Libraries, Brooklyn Campus. The exhibition about the artist, Pratt alumni and designer of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck has been well received and was reviewed on and in the New York Times.

In 2015-2016, she was selected to be the Curator-in-Residence for Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. During that year, she curated 8 shows on a variety of topics (see catalog for details).

In 2018, she had a solo exhibition at Kent Place Gallery titled “Open the Door” (catalog available on “Push with the Tide” was another solo exhibition with Trestle Gallery in 2015.

Staiger has participated in curatorial projects and group exhibitions, for instance with ABC No Rio, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Cementa Festival, Ground Floor Gallery, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, The Painting Center, Renée Riccardo of Arena, Schema Projects, Sideshow Gallery, Trestle Gallery, TSA, Ventana 244, and Wassaic Project Festival.

She has attended the The Wassaic Project Residency in 2017 and was nominated to participate in the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida in 2013.

Staiger actively participates in the NYC arts community and is a member of the American Abstract Artists member, and also serves on the board of directors for ABC No Rio and in Spring 2019, joined the artist-run curatorial space Underdonk.

Take a class with her at Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and at the Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts at the 92Y.