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Melissa Furness

Associate Professor Tenure-Track, Visual Arts
  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Melissa Furness received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa with minors in sculpture and printmaking. Her work has been most influenced by her experiences of travel, which have included artist’s residencies in Beijing, China; Mexico City; County Kilkenny, Ireland; Gdansk, Poland; and Balatonfured, Hungary, as well as those in the U.S. at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and Yaddo in upstate New York. Furness’ current strain of work in painting and installation is influenced by history and personal narrative.

She regularly exhibits her work both nationally and internationally, with group exhibitions in Beijing, Mexico City, Budapest, Swansea, Florence, Lecce, Zurich, Korea, Cape Town, Palestine and Sarajevo amongst others, along with inclusion in various international art fairs. She participated in the 2015 Biennial of the Americas, through which she resided in Mexico City as an art ambassador and has additionally shown work in the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Karala, India through A.I.R. Gallery of New York.

The artist is an alumnus of A.I.R. Gallery, and a current member of the Artnauts Collective and Pink Progression, all of which use the visual arts as a tool for addressing gender and other social/political issues. Her work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings Magazine, 303 Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Westword, The Denver Post and others. She is currently represented by K Contemporary Art in Denver.

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