Melinda Laszczynski

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Melinda Laszczynski

Melinda Laszczynski

Melinda Laszczynski is a Houston-based artist who is concerned with the materiality and physical characteristics of found and repurposed objects. Laszczynski’s concern with the experience of looking is reflected in the ways she treats objects, such as found lenticular prints, by adding paint to the prints reflective and multifocal surface. Like the lenticular print, much of Laszczynski’s work becomes figurative by referencing the body or reflection of the viewer. Laszczynski’s studio is filled with materials she considers “magical” and her studio practice is self-described as “playful, peaceful, and unapologetically girly.” Nevertheless, Laszczynski remains a formalist at heart and demonstrates a commitment to artistic elements such as line, shape, color, and form throughout her body of work.

 

Born Pittsburgh, PA 

EDUCATION
2015       MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Houston, Houston, TX
2010       BFA, Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022 Pressure Cookie, Art League Houston, Houston, TX
2019 The Love Lives of Stones, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
2018 Swoon, Front Gallery, Houston, TX
2017 A Hole A Pool A Moon, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
2016 Party Tricks, Terminal 136, San Antonio, Houston, TX
Portals and Prophecies, Cardoza Fine Art, Houston, TX
Lady Palace, GalleryHOMELAND, Houston, TX. In conjunction: Tight Sticks, an installation at HomeCORE.
2015  Paintings and Other Delights, Thesis Exhibition, Project Space Gallery, University of  Houston, Houston, TX
Everything All At Once, Matchbox Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX
After Party, Rhizome Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2014  Jam Don't Shake, Settlement Goods & Design, Houston, TX
Always Plus One Day, Fresh Arts, Houston, TX
2011  Formal Seductions, Arts Collinwood, Cleveland, OH


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Texas Artists, Women of Abstraction, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX. curated by Deborah Fullerton
2021 Tactile Sublime, Dodomu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill
2020 Xanax Party: Time to Chill, Private Eye Gallery, Houston TX, curated by Pablo Cardoza
2019 When the Wind Comes Right Behind the Rain, Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Earthly Delights, Arc House, Houston, TX
This is How I Do This, HCC Central Faculty Exhibition, Houston Community College, Houston, TX
2019 Alumni Exhibition,  The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH. Curated by Courtenay Finn
No More Tears, Survival Kit Gallery, Cleveland, OH
You Are Standing On A Prehistoric Ocean, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH
2018 TX Contemporary, Houston, TX, presented by Pablo Cardoza Gallery
Rendezvous, Goldmark Cultural Center, Dallas, TX. Curated by Meredith Cawley
2017 Families and Feminisms, Kent State University, Stark, OH
Temporary Havens, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. Curated by Dean Daderko
The Reflection in the Sword of Holofernes, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX. Curated by Sallie Barbee and Eric Schnell
 2016 Houston vs. Dallas, Blue Orange Gallery, Houston, TX. Curated by Brandon Zech
Homelife, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX. Organized by Dana Frankfort and Gael Stack
Girls Just Wanna, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
Payday Lenders, Cardoza Fine Art, Houston, TX
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Williams Tower, Houston, TX, Juror: Brady Roberts
2015 Expectations & Accessibility, Blue Orange Gallery, Houston, TX
AMoA Biennial 600: Sculpture, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TXCurator: Leigh Arnold            
Here and Now, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX. Curator: Adrian Zuniga
37th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Houston, TX
META, Houston City Hall, presented by Love Street, Houston, TX
30th Annual International Exhibition, Tyler at University of Texas, Meadows Gallery, Tyler, TX, Juror: James R. Pace
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Williams Tower, Houston, TX, Juror: Dean Sobel
2014 Apply Pressure Here, Project Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
Connect Five, 4411 Montrose, Houston, TX
{____ +____}, (____ + ____}, {____ + ____}: A Collage Show, (SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI Juror: Michelle Word           
Under Construction, SOHO20 Gallery, NY, NY Juror: Sharon Matt Atkins
One of Us, Barbee Manshun, Houston, TX
School of Art Student Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX
2013 The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. Juror: Duncan MacKenzie
This End Up, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
School of Art Student Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX
Disturbance of Distance, Box13 Artspace, Houston, TX. Curator: Kimberly Aubuchon
U of H Graduate Painting Students Exhibition, College of the Mainland Art Gallery, Texas City, TX
2012 HOWBOUTNOW, 4411 Montrose Galleries, Houston, TX 
Wide Open Spaces, Iris Studio, Little Italy, Cleveland, OH    
In-Turn, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH. Curator: Meghana Karnik                
Made For Cutting, Forum Gallery, Cleveland, OH. Curator: Michael Abarca
2011 Second Annual Bazaarbeque, Forum Gallery, Cleveland, OH          
Full Service, VAT Coventry Center, Cleveland Heights, OH
Kunst Eaters: An 18 Night Affair With the City of Berlin, The Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland, OH
2010  Member’s Exhibition, Arts Collinwood, Cleveland, Ohio
Little Things, BFA Thesis Show, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH               
SIE 64, Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland, OH. Jurors: Dario Robelto, Pascual Sisto, Christa Donner
2009 The Way We Live Now, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, OH. Curator: Maryam Ohadi


RESIDENCIES
2017  Artist Studio Program, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
2016  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2018- Campus Contact, Southeast Campus, Houston Community College, Houston TX  
Professor of Visual Arts, Houston Community College, Houston, TX
GCIC (Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium) Representative
2017-18     Instructor, Art, Paris Junior College, Paris, TX
2016-17     Instructor, Art League Houston, Houston, TX
2015-17     Adjunct, Houston Community College, Houston, TX
Summer Instruction Adjunct, Fundamentals of Drawing, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2014 Teaching Fellow, Fundamentals of Painting, University of Houston, Houston, TX
Teaching Fellow, Fundamentals of Printmaking, University of Houston, Houston, TX
2013  Member, Student Leadership Board, Center for Arts Leadership, University of  Houston, TX
Teaching Fellow, Fundamentals of Drawing, University of Houston, Houston, TX
2012 Installation Assistant, Franklin Evans: houstontohouston, Diverse Works, Houston, TX
2010-12     Technical Assistant, Painting and Drawing Depts., Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH


GUEST LECTURE
2016  Visiting Artist Lecture, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
2013  The Big Slide Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2010  Populating the Future of University Circle: The Student Body, Panel Discussion hosted by the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Moderator: Dee Perry
2009 Report from New Orleans: The Painting Department Presents PROSPECT.1, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH


PRESS
 2018  http://voyagehouston.com/interview/art-life-melinda-laszczynski/      
           https://www.artspace.com/magazine/news_events/the_hot_list/8-covetable-artists-to-acquire-at-pulse-55822
2016    New American Paintings, MFA Annual, Juror: Catherine Taft
2014    MAKE8ELIEVE, Party Issue #5: http://www.make8elieve.com/
2013    New American Paintings, No. 111 MFA Annual, Juror: Lisa D. Frieman
       http://www.thegreatgodpanisdead.com/2013/07/betsy-huete-five-pieces-from-big-show.html
2012  Featured artist:  http://arthound.com/2012/06/artist-crush
          Featured artist: http://www.booooooom.com/2012/09/11/artist-melinda-laszczynski/
 

AWARDS
2019  Finalist, Wendy Wagner Foundation Summer 2019 Grant
Let Creativity Happen! Grant, Houston Arts Alliance
2016 Bedichek-Orman Grant for Professional Development, Houston Community College, Houston, TX
2013 Jon Hohlt and Roger Wich Scholarship, University of Houston
Presidential Second Year Scholarship, University of Houston
2012 Susan Vaughn Scholarship, University of Houston
Presidential First Year Scholarship, University of Houston
2010  Student Leadership Award, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Top 20 Finalist, The President’s Traveling Scholarship, Cleveland Institute of Art

 

 

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