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Melissa Furness

  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Melissa Furness’ work has been most influenced by her experiences of travel, which have included artist’s residencies around the world, including those with Jentel, Yaddo, the Laznia Center of Contemporary Art in Poland, Shankill Castle in Ireland, Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, the Hungarian Multicultural Center near Budapest; and Kala Art Institute. Furness was invited to exhibit work at the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kerala, India through A.I.R. Gallery of New York. She was awarded a fellowship to participate in the 2015 Biennial of the Americans, through which she resided in Mexico City as an Art Ambassador. She is an active member of the Artnauts Collective, through which she exhibits works in places of contention throughout the world. She has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and is currently with Pink Progression in Denver through which she exhibits works that address feminist and gender issues. Furness’ work has been represented by galleries in New York, Seattle, Palm Springs and Zurich leading up to her current representation with K Contemporary Art in Denver. She has been featured in numerous exhibitions and international art fairs in Seoul, Zurich, Cologne, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Aspen. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, SeeAllThis Magazine, Klassik Magazine International, 303 Magazine and others. Furness received her MFA in Painting and Drawing and is currently Professor of Art Practices and Illustration.

Areas of Expertise

Painting and Drawing
Sculpture and Printmaking

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Iowa
MFA; Painting and Drawing
MA; Sculpture and Printmaking

Coe College
BA, Art and English Literature


K Contemporary Art
Artnauts Collective
Pink Progression