Mel Prest


Mel Prest is an artist, curator and educator living and working in San Francisco and occasionally New York. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Mills College in Oakland. Prest is adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University and teaches adult education courses at: San Francisco City College, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC). She is a past board member (2012-2014) and current advisory board member of Root Division, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco where she also teaches professional development courses for artists.

Prest is a non-objective painter whose work is focused on color and perceptual visual relationships who has shown internationally. Recent solo shows include: Lilac Aura at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2017), Oakland; In Praise of Planetary Time at B.Sakata Garo (2016), Sacramento; COLOR CHANT at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2015; MoonBrightChime at Galleri Urbane (2014), Dallas; ZeppelinMetroMashup at B Sakata Garo (2013). Her works have been included in group shows at: The Drawing Center, New York, NY; The Painting Center, New York, NY; The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Zeitgeist gallery, Nashville, TN; IS Projects, Leiden, The Netherlands; Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Prest has been awarded funded artist residencies at: Ragdale, The Sam and Adele Golden Artist Foundation, Willapa Bay AiR, The Wassaic Project and Vermont Studio Center, among others.

As an independent curator, Prest has organized shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich. She is also a founding member of Transmitter, a collaborative curatorial gallery initiative in Bushwick area of Brooklyn, New York.

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