Bio and CV/Resume

Melody Locke uses traditional and alternative photographic processes to create fine art prints. Using B&W and infrared film, she develops silver gelatin black and white prints in a traditional wet darkroom. Using similar fiber papers, she also uses non-camera photographic processes, such as lumen printing, to create colorful and often abstract images from botanical material and negatives. Her love of nature inspires her landscape photography and her more intimate and somewhat ethereal lumen images of plants and flowers.

Melody is a graduate of the University of Houston and began her long-term association with MFAH Glassell School of Art in 2007 when she enrolled in a basic darkroom class. She quickly became enamored with the hands-on processes that her grandfather used in his kitchen, and never looked back. She soon started experimenting with infrared film and alternative photographic techniques that are at the heart of her work.

Melody is a native Californian and naturalized Texan who has lived in Houston since her early teens. She and her husband are dutiful servants to their cat.


Memberships

Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA), president, Alternative Photography, supporting member; Visual Arts Alliance, Texas Photographic Society


CV/Resume

See Events for information about current exhibitions.

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Along the Boulevard, Silver Street Studios West Galley, Houston, TX.

2020 Along the Boulevard, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX.

Juried Exhibitions

2022 Treflection I, Southeast Center for Photography, Wendi Schneider, Juror.

2022 Treeflection I, Hardy & Nance Studios, Plantasia: A Botanical Exhibition, Hardy & Nance jurors.

2022 Treeflection II, A Smith Gallery, Trees exhibition; Kevin Tully, juror.

2022 Purple Lilies, Visual Arts Alliance 38th Juried Membership Exhibition, Sabine Street Studios. Lester Marks, Mayor’s Ambassador to the Arts, Houston, TX, Juror.

2021 Narcissus in Red and Three Tulips V, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA). Awakening exhibition, Virtual. Rosa Ana Orlando, Juror.

2021 Strolling Through the Houston Arboretum, MFAH Glassell School of Art, 2021 Student Exhibition. Jan Harrell, Live Johnson, and Brian Portman, Jurors.

2020 Trident Maple on the Boulevard, Kinder Morgan Exhibition Series: “Fall” Exhibition at Kinder Morgan, in conjunction with Glassell School of Art.

2020 Moonlit Garden and Leaves on Grass, Visual Arts Alliance 37th Juried Membership Exhibition, Virtual. Shana Nys Dambrot, Curator and Art Critic, LA Weekly, Los Angeles, Juror.

2020 Trident Maple on Heights and Lilies and Roses for Dad, Visual Arts Alliance, 13th Juried Invitational Exhibition. Juror Volker Eisele, Director/Founder ArtScan, Juror.

2020 Cypress Trees at Mercer Arboretum and Vasquez Rocks III, Hardy and Nance Studios, Ratio Redux, an exhibition of photographs created with traditional and alternative photographic processes.

2019 Tulips in Tulle Vase, Flora, SE Center for Photography. Kate Breakey, Juror.

2019 Roses for Dad, Archway Gallery, Eleventh Annual Juried Exhibition; Penny Cerling, Juror.

2019 Angel’s Trumpet I, Visual Arts Alliance, 36th Juried Open Exhibition; Christine Jelson West, Houston First, Cultural Programs Manager, Juror.

2019 Lilies and Roses for Dad, Midsummer Light exhibition, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. Cloister Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral. Valentina Atkinson, Owner, Serrano Gallery, Juror.

2019 Cypress Trees at Mercer, Student Exhibition Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Susan Budge, Charlotte Cosgrove, and Suzanne Manns, Jurors.

2019 Angel’s Trumpet I. Alternative Processes and Integrated Media Competition, Texas Photographic Society. Christopher James, University Professor and Director of the MFA in Photography and Integrated Media program at Lesley University – College of Art and Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Juror.

2018 20th Century Pastime, A Smith Gallery Forgotten exhibition; Blue Mitchell, Juror. Recipient of Director’s Honorable Mention. (catalog)

2018 Three Tulips IV, Floral exhibition at Kinder Morgan, in conjunction with Glassell School of Art.

2018 Tulips in Tulle Vase, Visual Arts Alliance 36th Juried Membership Exhibition, Silver Street Studios, Laura Rathe, Owner, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Juror.

2017 Lilies and Tulle, A Smith Gallery Unique: Alternative Processes exhibition. Christina Z. Anderson, Series Editor for Focal Press/Routledge’s Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography series and Professor of Photography at Montana State University, Juror. (catalog)

2017 Loquat Pearls, Loquat Mist, Poinsettia Dance, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) Abundant exhibition; Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral; John Runnels, Director Co-Founder at MotherDog Studios, Juror

2017 Rush Hour, Glassell School of Art Student Exhibition in conjunction with Kinder Morgan.

Group Exhibitions

2022 Progress/Progresso, Silver Street Studios, Armando Rodriguez, Curator. May 20 – June 25, 2022.

2022 Salon d’Art, Silver Street Studios, March 26 – May 11, 2022.

2022 Art Celebrates the Story, Spring Street Studios-Invitational Exhibition. Cheri Haley Randolph, Curator.

2021 Without Limits, Silver Street Studios, December 4, 2021 – March 19, 2022.

2021 Nature, MFAH Glassell School of Art.

2021 The Sum of Us, Silver Street Studios. June 5 – August 21, 2021.

2021 Silver Street Studios. The Artists of Silver Street March 26- May 24, 2021.

2020 Wabi-Sabi, Silver Street Studios. Lorena Morales, curator; December 5, 2020 – March 13, 2021.

2020 Beautiful World — Beautiful People, “Lilies and Roses for Dad,” Cloister Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral. Joe Aker, Curator.

2020 #NewReality, Silver Street Studios, Maria Chevez, Curator.

2020 Bay 300 (FotoFest), The Silos at Sawyer Yards.  

2020 Discovering Repeating Patterns, Spring Street Studios. Cheri Haley Randolph, curator.

2019 My Favorite Photo from 2019, Roses for Dad, Glassell School of Art.

2019 I Knew I was an Artist When, The Silos at Sawyer Yards Studios.

2014 Student Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2014, Perimeter Gallery, Glassell School of Art Studio.

2013 Annual Glassell Studio School Student Exhibition, Glassell School of Art.

2012 A Walk in the Woods, Annual Glassell Studio School Student Exhibition.

2012 The Witch is Dead, Perimeter Gallery, Glassell Studio Student Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2012.

Collaborative Projects

2020 Rescued!, Compassion Collaboration, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, Biennial Collaboration, Houston Holocaust Museum. (catalog)

2018 Hiding Space, S P A C E Collaboration, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, Biennial Collaboration. Houston Public Library, Jesse H Jones Building, first-floor gallery. (catalog)

Awards

2019 Recipient of a scholarship at Glassell School of Art for the Spring 2020 semester.

2009: Recipient of the Ruth Pershing Uhler Scholarship at Glassell School of Art.

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