Studio Mele

 
 


Joseph Mele lives and works in his Benicia Arsenal studio overlooking the shipping lanes of the Carquinez Strait.  With a long list of collectors and exhibits, Mele is an active member of the arts community in Benicia and the greater Bay Area, now represented at GearBox Gallery in Oakland, CA.

 

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SELECTED SOLO and SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017            The Light and Darkness of Being: Joseph Mele & Carol Dalton,
                       
GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA

2016            Modus Operandi: Work by Joseph Mele, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA

2015            Blank Slate: Joseph Mele in the Inner Room, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA

2015            Doppelgängers: Joseph Mele and TaVee McAllister Lee, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA

2015            Common Threads III: Alejandro Naranjo, Mark Fox and Joseph Mele, Red Dot Gallery, 2015                 Sacramento CA

2014            Unfinished Man: Robert Ray, Joseph Mele and Lillian Almeida, Gallery 621, Benicia CA

2013            Altitudinous: New Work by Joseph Mele, Gallery 621, Benicia CA

2013            The Changing Tides of Artists, Georgiana Gallery, Walnut Grove CA

2012            From the Arsenal and Beyond, Gallery 621, Benicia CA   

2012            Rhetoric: Joseph and Santino, Jordan Gallery, Benicia CA

2012            Don Reich, Lisa Neil and Joseph Mele, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA

2012            Extra Sensory Perception Series at the Spinetta Family Law Center, Martinez, CA

2010            New Paintings, The Rellik Tavern, Benicia CA

2010            Fighting The Pig, Two Person Show, Firehouse North Gallery, Berkeley CA

2008           New Work, Olson Gallery, Benicia CA

2007            Solo Mio, Vallejo Artists’ Guild, Vallejo CA

2006            Energy and Inspiration, Oz Salon and Gallery, Benicia CA

2003            Homosapien, Three Person Show, Epperson Gallery, Crockett CA

2002            Pipsqueak, Three Person Show, North Light Gallery, Napa CA

2001            Naked as an Apple, Benicia Public Library Art Gallery, Benicia CA

2001            Figures in (e)motion, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo CA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016            Order + Chaos, Catherine Clark juror, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2015            Gems III, Ruth Santee juror, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2015            Abstract: A Change in Perception, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA

2015            Why Make Art: Twenty-five Benicia Artists Respond, co-curated by Hedi Desuyo and
                         Mark Eanes,
Invitational Exhibit with publication, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2015            Variations on Abstraction, curated by Robert Ray, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA

2015            Collage: Sessions and Studio Selections, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA

2015            It’s All About Books: Book Arts Invitational at CoalShed Studios, Vallejo, CA

2015            Engage! An Opening, GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA

2014            Little Things 14, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

2014            Transformation, Gallery 621, Benicia, CA

2014            Micro Visions: Smaller Than Small, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA

2014            Human Voice II: Art as Social Comment, Sacramento Temporary Contemporary
                        Gallery, Sacramento CA

2013            Gems II, Carol Dalton juror, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2013            Coming Home, Solano Community College Fine Art Department, Fairfield, CA 

2013            The Spirit of the Art, Georgiana Gallery, Walnut Grove, CA

2013            Fetish: A Quick Pop-up Show by Gallery Susan Alexander, San Francisco, CA

2013            Myths, Legends and Prophecies, the Loft Gallery, Sacramento CA

2013            Beyond Collage, Gallery 21Ten, Sacramento CA          

2013            Hard Pressed: a printmaking showcase, RedDot Gallery, Sacramento CA

2013            Urban Visions II, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento CA

2012            Bakers Dozen, The Quicksilver Mine Co., Forestville CA

2012            Human Voice: the human presence in art, Gallery 21Ten, Sacramento CA

2012            KVIE Art Auction, on-line auction, Sacramento CA

2011            Gems, Arts Benicia Gallery,  Benicia CA

2011           4 Artists 1 Space, Shirocos, Benicia, CA

2011           Summer Art Jam, Skinner Howard Contemporary Art Gallery, Sacramento CA

2011            Mele in the Alcove, Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento CA

2010            KVIE Art Auction, on-air auction, Sacramento CA

2010            Small Works, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2009            Introductions, Skinner Howard Contemporary Art Gallery, Sacramento CA

2009            Soupçon, Small Works, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2008            Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA

2007            Too Hot to Handle, The Main ARTery Gallery, Benicia, CA

2007            Black & White Only, Jurors John Ballou, Marc Pandone and Lauren Posner, Vallejo

2007            Artists’ Guild, Vallejo CA

2006            The Body: Human Figure as Subject, Juror Gary Stutler, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo CA

2004            CA Works, CA State Fair, Sacramento CA

2004            Seeing Red, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill CA

2003            Bound and Unbound–Printed Works, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill CA

2003            Print Show, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA


PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

Extra Sensory Perception Series at the Spinetta Family Law Center, Martinez, CA, since 2012


AWARDS

2006            Jurors’ Best of Show, Black & White Only Exhibition, Vallejo Artists’ Guild, CA

2004            Award of Excellence, CA State Fair, Sacramento CA

2003            Two Awards of Merit, CA State Fair, Sacramento CA


COMMERCIAL ART PROJECTS

2000            Mural for Maritime Academy, Vallejo CA

1999            Mural for Dillon Bread Company, Vallejo CA


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013            Arthur Comings, SF Art Scene Examiner, A Quick Pop-up in the City

2013            Keri Luiz, Benicia Herald, “Uplifting, eminent, tall — in a word, ‘Altitudinous’

2013            DeWitt Cheng, Face book review:130922DeWittChengFacebook.pdf

2013            Jarrod R. Kohls, River News-Herald and Isleton Journal
                        ”Joseph Mele: Spontaneity through a multitude of media”

2012            Keri Luiz, Benicia Herald, “Artists launch exercise in “Rhetoric”

2012            Adriene Rockwell, Benicia Magazine, “arts benicia: Open Studios 2012

2012            Robert Ray, Gallery 2110 Catalogue, “Human Voice: the human presence in art”

2010            Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald, "Benicia's brush with artistic heaven at 2001            2010            Open Studios"

2009            News, Artweek Magazine, May 2009

2009            Kathryn Weller Renfrow, Inside Benicia, “Benicia Artists Welcome Hundreds of 2009 2009            Visitors into Their Working Studios

2009            Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Sunday Times, The A-List, Critics Best Bets2009           

2008            Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Sunday Times, The A-List, Benicia’s open for art

2007            Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Times, “Eclectic works on display at Benicia gallery

2007            Inside Benicia, Kathryn Weller Renfrow, “A Brief History of Open Studios

2007            S.N. Jacobson, Listen and Be Heard, “The Name is Mele

2006            Sheila F. Johnson, Listen and Be Heard, “Diary of a 2006 Arty Award Winner

2004            Nate Berg, Martinez News-Gazette, “The Many Faces of Red

2003            Victoria Dalkey, The Sacramento Bee, “Mass Appeal: State Fair art competition has

2003            something for everybody

2001            Heather Bremner, Benicia Herald, “Vulnerability, nostalgia the keys in BPL Gallery’s

2001            new exhibit

2000            Richard Toronto, Benicia Herald, “Artist’s long journey into Benicia


EDUCATION

1983-1993    Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York NY

1980-1984    Liberal Arts Studies, Hunter College, New York NY

1978-1978    Photography and Design, New School for Social Research, NewYork NY


Complete C.V. upon request