the artist

MELISSA LEE WILLIAMS

MA Arts Administration | Florida State University

BFA Drawing & Painting | University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

the work

My most recent, complete series, Primordial Novae, was driven by my fascination with astronomy, existentialism, and the sublime.  By studying telescope photos and using my paintbrush and fingers to move acrylic paint across a surface, I explored the nature of individual and universal vulnerability by creating an allegory of my inner-self as celestial phenomena.

In 2019, I will unveil a new series, Micro Novae.  Serving as a step back from Primordial Novae, I'm continuing my fascination with the color while scaling down my focus to the tiniest of landscapes. Follow along on Instagram to get all the teasers and announcements for the release of these works.

For the Bulldogs out there, I am also producing a small batch of UGA related paintings and prints to fulfill your red and black heart. The historic Home Economics campus, Herty Field, Chapel Bell, and Tree that Owns Itself will be soon be joining the print shop.

Prints are available through the Print Shop.  If you are interested in purchasing a painting or commissioning a private work, please contact me directly via the email link in the footer.

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EXHIBITIONS

Pecola. | June 2015

Creature Comforts Brewery | November 2015

Pecola. | Group Exhibition: "Small Wonders” | December 2015 

Hendershots | February 2016

Last Resort Grill | March 2016

The Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage | Group Exhibition: “A Teacher and Her Students” | May 2016

Gallery L1 | "Heartspace” Visual Artist | May 2016

Flicker Theatre | June 2016

Terrapin Beer Company | Group Exhibition: "Roots” | September 2016

Trio Contemporary Gallery | Curator: "Nasty Women Athens" | June 2017

BENEFITING ORGANIZATIONS

Inman Cooperative Preschool, The University of Georgia, Georgia 4-H Foundation, Lutheran Services of  Georgia, Tiftarea AcademyAthens-Clarke Heritage Society, Feminist Women's Health CenterWellspring Living, and Kate's Club.

Would you like prints donated for your fundraising event? Please contact me to see if your mission aligns with my philanthropic goals! 

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