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.

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. Her largest work to date “Wavelength” will be exhibited at the Wassaic Project this summer, 2018.

Staiger teaches Abstract Painting, Abstract Gouache/Watercolor & Intro to Color Theory at Trestle Workshops and Collage & Mixed Media at the 92Y in New York City. She is the Education Director of Trestle Workshops and a new board member at ABC No Rio.

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