Melissa Eder


Melissa Eder

Ms. Eder received her B.F.A. in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City where she studied with Sean Scully and a M.F.A. in combined media from Hunter College in New York City where she studied with Robert Morris and received a Meritorious Award from the Alumni Association. As a visual artist, her work has been shown nationally and internationally in the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York University’s Broadway Windows Gallery, Art in General, the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri and in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany. She was an artist-in-residence at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as selected by photographer Graciela Iturbide. In 2011, her work was selected by Eric C. Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum for his exhibit on CurateNYC. Her work was also chosen by Sarah Hasted for Photography Now, 2004, for the Photography Quarterly, Woodstock, New York. Recently, she was selected to participate in the public art project for Sing for Hope Pianos. She has received numerous grants including funding from the Puffin Foundation and two from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times and various other publications. She lives in New York City and works in Brooklyn as an artist in residence through the chashama studio residency.


I am interested in documenting and exploring the complexities of issues related to female identity, popular culture and kitsch. I create photo-based works. I make large-scale, 30”x40" still life photos. But these works have a twist. The objects used are atypical. Instead of the conventional apples and oranges of Cezanne, I may use junk food, plastic fruit, and items obtained from 99 cents stores.
Another project, “Sense of Herself” is an ongoing photo-based work that I started in 1995. It is an installation that consists of over 750 8”x10” images ranging from a photograph of a pink cupcake, a can of TAB, a package of ground meat, and a pink plastic baseball bat. The objects were gathered from 99 cents stores, malls, fast food shops, bodegas, and thrift shops. All objects, however mundane each may seem, convey a certain beauty as well as a personal and pop cultural relevance to me. When I was about three or four, I went with my family to see a Pop Art survey show at MOMA in 1967. I can recall my parents pointing out a sculpture of French fries and a painting of a piece of cake. When I got back home to New Jersey, I painted a picture of a piece of cake with a cherry on top. I thought it was great that you could look at everything as art. I guess I still believe that notion to a certain degree. Of course, now, I acknowledge the layers of complexities of meaning(s) that create Western culture on both a personal and larger field.


b. 1963, Long Branch, NJ
Lives and works in New York, NY

  • 1990Hunter College of the City University of New York, MFA
  • 1885Parsons School of Design, BFA
  • 2002Sense of Herself, Broadway Windows Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
  • 1992"State Controlled" (A Collaborative Installation with Adult Literacy Students from Lehman College), Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
  • 1992In Memoriam/A Journey Through a Fantasy's Childhood and Adolescence, Permanent Installation in a Former Kindergarden
  • 2103Real Time, AS/Studios PopUp Show, New York, NY
  • 2013Minstral Show , DeKonstruct Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2013AS/AP, Gallery 212, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2013 Photo Book 2013, Davis/ Orton Gallery
  • 2013Urban/Subrban, Kansas City Jewish Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS
  • 2013Boom and Bloom, The Phatory, New York, NY
  • 2012 Photo Book 2012 , Davis/ Orton Gallery
Feel free to contact me for a studio visit.