Shortly after the turn of the 21st century, Melody enrolled in a basic darkroom class at Glassell School of Art. She quickly became enamored with the hands-on photo-printing processes that her grandfather had used in his kitchen. When she started shooting with infrared film, she encountered new challenges with this light-sensitive film, including the necessity of a tripod and full sun to take advantage of the features of the film.
In 2015, an injury to her wrist prevented her from carrying the tripod and handling the darkroom easel. This temporary disability afforded her the opportunity to explore the lumen-print photography process. By combining some 21st-century processes, she has created many colorful and often abstract images of botanical material, which is somewhat reminiscent of her grandmother’s collection of pressed flowers.
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Hardy and Nance Studios, “Ratio Redux,” an exhibition of photographs created with traditional and alternative photographic processes. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the exhibition closed after the opening reception on March. I had two gelatin silver prints in this exhibition: Cypress Trees at Mercer Arboretum and Vasquez Rocks III.
Recipient of a scholarship at Glassell School of Art for the Spring 2020 semester.
Glassell School of Art, “My Favorite Photo from 2019” exhibition, November 2, 2019 – January 25, 2020; one gelatin silver lumen print selected “Roses for Dad.”
The Silos at Sawyer Yards Studios, “I Knew I was an Artist When” exhibition, November 1, 2019 – February 8, 2020; three lumen prints selected: “Winter Oaks,” “Mighty Oaks,” and “Skeeter House Leaves.”
Visual Arts Alliance, “36th Juried Open Exhibition;” Christine Jelson West, juror; June 17—July 13, 2019; one lumen print selected (Angel’s Trumpet I).
Cloister Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, “Midsummer Light Exhibition;” Valentina Atkinson, juror; June 13—July 17, 2019; one lumen print selected (Lilies and Roses for Dad).
Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “Student Exhibition;” Susan Budge, Charlotte Cosgrove, and Suzanne Manns, jurors; May 24—August 11, 2019; black & white Holga print selected (Cypress Trees at Mercer).
Texas Photographic Society, Alternative Processes and Integrated Media competition, Christopher James, juror; January 22—February 13, 2019; one lumen print selected (Angel’s Trumpet I).
Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) 36th Juried Membership Exhibition; November 12 – December 8, 2018; Laura Rathe, juror; Silver Street Studios; one lumen print selected (Tulips in Tulle Vase).
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) “S P A C E” Exhibition; November 4 to December 31, 2018; Houston Public Library, Jesse H Jones Building, first floor gallery; embroidered lumen on canvas (Hiding Space).
A Smith Gallery “Forgotten” exhibition; August 24 to September 30, 2018; Blue Mitchell, Juror; one black & white Holga print selected (20th Century Pastime, Director’s Honorable Mention).
Floral Exhibition at Kinder Morgan, in conjunction with Glassell School of Art; March 2, 2018, to June 8; juried exhibition; one lumen print selected (Three Tulips IV).
A Smith Gallery “Unique: Alternative Processes” exhibition; November 24, 2017, to January 14, 2018; Christina Z. Anderson, Juror; one lumen print selected (Lilies and Tulle).
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) “Abundant” Exhibition; Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral; February 27-March 23; John Runnels, juror; three lumen prints selected (Loquat Pearls, Loquat Mist, Poinsettia Dance).
Prior to 2017
Glassell School of Art Student Exhibition in conjunction with Kinder Morgan, June-September 2015; one black & white print selected (Rush Hour).
Perimeter Gallery, Glassell Studio Student Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2014; March 2014—one black & white infrared print selected.
2013 Annual Glassell Studio School Student Exhibition—one black & white print selected
2012 Annual Glassell Studio School Student Exhibition—one infrared print selected (A Walk in the Woods)
Perimeter Gallery, Glassell Studio Student Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2012—three black & white infrared prints selected.
2009: Recipient of the Ruth Pershing Uhler Scholarship at Glassell School of Art.