Melissa Potter

Director/Assistant Professor, Columbia College, Chicago

Melissa Potter is a multi-media artist whose work deals with the commodification of women and their rites of passage from marriage to motherhood. Her work is expressed in papermaking, drawing, print, sculpture, and video animation. She exhibited at venues including White Columns in NYC, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY through the Artist in the Marketplace program, the VideoDumbo Festival, Galerija Zvono in Belgrade, Serbia in addition to exhibitions in universities and galleries internationally. Her education includes an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department Book & Paper Program at Columbia College Chicago.

Ms. Potter is a two-time Fulbright recipient, with a January 2009 Senior Specialist award in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2006, she was a Fulbright Traditional Scholar implementing a hand papermaking program at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia. She has been the recipient of other awards and residencies in Serbia and Bosnia, including ArtsLink and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, through which she has collaborated with artists from the Former Yugoslavia and taught workshops on papermaking. The Ministry of Culture of Serbia, and Columbia College Chicago currently support her film work.

Her critical essays on art, particularly art in the Balkans, have been printed in BOMB, Art Papers, Chicago Art Magazine, Flash Art, Metropolis M, Proximity Magazine, Hand Papermaking, and AfterImage.