Mel Davis is a Berkeley, California based visual artist. She grew up in Montréal, graduated from Concordia University in 1998, then moved to the Bay Area to complete her Masters in Fine Art at the San Francisco Art Institute, (2005). She is part of numerous private and public collections and is the recipient of The Canada Council For The Arts Grant and the Irene Pijoan Memorial Award for Painting.

Contact: mel@meldavisstudio.com



2005 MFA The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California.

2002 The Slade School of Art London, United Kingdom.

1999 BFA Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec Studio Arts.


Grant: Pollock Krasner-Foundation grant (2016)

Grant: The Canada Council for the Arts-travel grant (2013)

Grant: The Canada Council for the Arts-travel grant (2008)

Grant: The Canada Council for the Arts (2008)

Grant: The Canada Council for the Arts-travel grant (2006)

The Irene Pijoan Memorial Award for Painting –The San Francisco Art Institute MFA Painting Prize (2004)

International Student Grant-The San Francisco Art Institute (2004)

Grant: Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, Quebec, Canada (2001)

Recipient of the Mills Prize for Painting -Concordia University (1998)




Windows, Mirrors, Pools, Galleri Urbane, Dallas


March- Begin Here, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA


November- A Surprising Turn of Events, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

March- First Things At The Last Minute, Local 123 Berkeley, CA


October- Sea and Sky, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA


September- Mel Davis-Paintings, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley CA


Mel Davis-New Paintings, NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, Il


March-Snow Day, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco,



Between Land and Sky: Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto Canada

Seattle Art Fair, Galleri Urbane, Dallas


Palm Springs Art Fair, Madison Gallery

Madison Gallery, LA Jolla, San Diego

Miami Project, Richard Levy Gallery, Miami, FL


Nov- Cloud Chambers, The Mayors Parlor Gallery, London

June-In Between, The Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV


May- Art Market, K. Imperial, San Francisco, CA


July- This Cool, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA


Lines, Lanes and Planes, Slate Art, Oakland, CA


May- New American Talent 24, (juror: Hamza Walker),Arthouse, Austin, Texas,(traveling exhibition)


Jan-Close Calls, Headlands Center For The Arts,(Christopher Brown), Sausalito, CA

September- Introductions 2008,(juror: Amy Ellingson), Root Division, San Francisco, CA


Dec- In Light, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Dec- Aqua Art Fair/ NavtaSchulz Gallery, Miami, FL

Oct- Making Peace, Three Walls, Chicago, IL

Oct- 2×2, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

Summer- Some, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

June- Polyptychs, COCA, Seattle, WA

May- Ripples, The Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

April- Artists for Artists-Playwrights Workshop, Saidye Bronfman Center, Montreal, Quebec

Jan- The Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA


Dec- Bridge Miami Art Fair/NavtaSchulz Gallery, Miami, FL

Nov- Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Oct- Drawn, The Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland CA

Sept-The Shape of Things, NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago IL.

Aug- Inscape- Oakland Art Gallery, (juried exhibition) Oakland, CA.

July- Berkeley Art Center 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition (juror:Paule Anglim), Berkeley CA

June- Berkeley Civic Center Exhibition,(juried exhibition) Berkeley, CA

Feb- Fresh Paint 2006, NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, IL.


Nov- Abstraction is Dead-Long Live Abstraction, Blue Tangerine, San Francisco CA

Oct- New Directions 05’- (juried exhibition),The Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Sept- Black Market Auction- The Independent School of Art, San Francisco CA

Aug- The Water Street Gallery, Princeton, WI

Aug- Contemporary Abstracts (juror: Kenneth Baker), Alameda Center For The Arts, Alameda CA

May-San Francisco Art Institute Vernissage Fort Mason San Francisco, CA

April-San Francisco Art Institute Auction Somarts San Francisco,CA


November-Gen Art Emerge- (jurors: Paule Anglim, Squeak Carnwath), The Old Mint, San Francisco, CA

October- 2004 SFAI+CCA- (juried exhibition), Playspace, San Francisco, CA

July-The Transitional Object, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

February-Suspensions Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA


September-MFA Continuing Swell Gallery San Francisco, CA

January-Fresh Swell Gallery San Francisco, CA

2002 May-Collective Visions McClure Gallery Montreal, Quebec

May-1st anniversary Sandra Goldie Gallery Montreal, Quebec

2001October-New Works Sandra Goldie Gallery Montreal, Quebec

2000November-paint-or-die Montreal, Quebec www.paint-or-die.com

October-Denim Dreams, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal,Quebec

April-Les Femmeuses-(juried exhibition), Pratt and Whitney, Longueil,Quebec


Greenfield Partners, Chicago, IL

Hyatt, Santa Clara, CA

Capitol Group Los Angeles, CA

Wellington Management Boston, MA

Apulent, Seattle, WA

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


2014 Turps Banana Issue #14, United Kingdom

2014 In the Studio Feature : http://www.block-gallery.com/archives/3122

2013 CCA Notes from the Studio Lecture Series : https://www.cca.edu/academics/painting-drawing/notes

2013 Linda Geary “Studio Visit”: http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Visit-Linda-Geary/dp/0615849660

2013 Interview: http://www.sfaqonline.com/2013/03/interview-with-mel-davis-at-eleanor-harwood-gallery/

NAT 24 Catalog, Arthouse, Austin, Texas, 04/07/09

Studio Visit Magazine, The Open Studios Press, 01/01/09

The Philadelphia Inquirer- Galleries, “Deep Blue”,, Edith Newall, 10/26/2008

University City Review- Art For October’s First Friday, RB. Strauss, 10/01/08

The Philadelphia Inquirer- Arts and Entertainment, “Gobs of Galleries”, Edith Newall, 09/07/08

Carte Blanche Vol 2. Painting, Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, 2008

Making Peace catalog, James Elkins, Threewalls, Chicago, IL,10/01/07

The Philadelphia Inquirer- The Arts: “Some apt words for some work in Larry Becker’s summer show, ‘Some’”, Edith Newall, 07/10/07

bridge art fair Miami 06 catalog

www.sanfranciscoartmagazine.com-Art Review: Seeking Out Quality Contemporary Art-Rachel S. Rosen. 02/04/07

The San Francisco Chronicle-Art Review: Inscape-Kenneth Baker 08/19/06

Art in America 2006-2007 2376 p.132

The San Francisco Chronicle-08/17/06. 96 hours.

Chicago Tribune- Art Review: An Old Way Of Playing With Light, New Results- Alan G. Artner, 05/19/06

Time Out Chicago- Issue number 61 2006

Abstraction is Dead-Long Live Abstraction catalog-Jonathan Keats 2005

Alameda Sun 07/28/05

Artweek  03/01/05

San Francisco Art Institute MFA Catalog 05/20/05

New American Paintings-Pacific Coast Edition 12/01/04

Gen Art Catalog-Ariane McLean 11/01/2004

The Westmount Examiner 01/06/2002

The Montreal Gazette 06/23/ 2001

The Montreal Mirror 12/14/ 2000

The Montreal Gazette 11/18/ 2000

Paint-or-die catalog -Jody Pauline Patterson 2000

The Montreal Gazette 10/16/ 2000

Les Femmeuses Catalogue-Pratt and Whitney 2000