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


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

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 (2005 - 2015) and Trestle Projects in New York City. In 2017, she exhibited at the Cementa Festival in Kandos, Australia.

Currently on display is “SEEKER”, a two person exhibition at The Yard, curated by Eileen Lynch. She co-curated Pamela Colman Smith: Life and Work that is on display until April 4th at the Pratt Library in Brooklyn. In October 2018, Staiger had a solo exhibition, titled "Open the Door" at the Kent Place Gallery in Summit, New Jersey.

In August 2017, she attended The Wassaic Project artist residency. 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.  She is a new board member at ABC No Rio and part of the American Abstract Artists in NYC.

Staiger teaches art at Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and at the Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts at the 92Y.




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Zines and Catalogs

Pamela Colman Smith, Art & Life (Coming Soon…)
SEEKER Exhibition Catalog, 2019 (Coming Soon…)

Open the Door Exhibition Catalog, 2018

Correspondence of Imaginary Places, 2017

Modern Oracles Zine, 2016

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

Triangles Catalog, 2014

Banned in D. C., 2013