Melody Croft has been an exhibiting artist for sixteen years. Her work has been chosen in numerous exhibitions in Georgia including The Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA; Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, Athens, GA; Oconee County Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA; Callanwolde Fine Art Center, Atlanta, GA; Lady fest Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.  Croft’s work has exhibited nationally at the Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA: City Gallery, Charleston, SC; Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, Chicago, IL; Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA.  In 2018, Melody co-curated the exhibit, Resonance: a bi-sensory art exhibit at Oconee County Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA.   
     Larry Ossei-Mensah, the Susanne Feld Hilberry senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, awarded her a Merit Award in 2020 in the Lyndon House 45th Annual Juried Exhibition.  The Georgia Museum of Art selected Croft in 2012 as a winner in the Kress Project and published her winning painting in their book The Winning Entries, The Kress Project (Georgia Press 2013). Her paintings are in several periodicals and on the cover of a book of poetry, A Thousand Scattered Moments, by Ellen Cowne.
     Croft is a self-taught artist living in Athens, GA. She was born in Jackson, Minnesota and moved to the Southeast at age 11. Melody lives in Athens, Georgia and commutes daily to her art studio in Jefferson, GA.

 

 


Grants and Awards 
2020       Merit Award, Lyndon House 45th Annual Juried Art Exhibition,                                  Juror, Larry Ossei-Mensah: Susanne Feld Hilberry senior curator                          at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Lyndon House Arts                            Center, Athens, GA   
2012       Kress Project Winner, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
Curatorial Projects
2018       Resonance: a bi-sensory art exhibit, co-curated with Jackie   
                      Dorsey, Oconee County Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
Group Exhibitions
2020       Lyndon House 45th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Juror, Larry                                 Ossei-Mensah: Susanne Feld Hilberry senior curator at the                                     Museum of
 Contemporary Art  Detroit, Lyndon House Arts Center,                       Athens, GA

2019        Lyndon House 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, Juror, Lauren                                       Haynes: curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges                                       Museum of American Art and curator of  

                       visual arts at the Momentary, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens,                         GA
                  Art On Paper, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York 
                  Callanwolde Juried Art Exhibition, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center,                            Atlanta, GA
                  Concrete and Adrift, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
2018         National Juried Exhibition, Athica, Athens, GA
                  Winterville Art Council Juried Exhibition, Winterville Art Center,                               Winterville, GA  
                  Fall Juried Art Exhibition, Tannery Row Artist Colony, Buford, GA
                  Picturing the Black Fantastic, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens,                            GA
                  Reciprocal IV, University of North Georgia, Watkinsville, GA
                  Resonance: a bi-sensory art exhibit, Oconee County Arts                                              Foundation, Watkinsville, GA 
2017        Critical Concerns, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount Mercy                                 University, Cedar  Rapids, IA
                  Lady fest Atlanta, 368 Ponce, Atlanta GA
                  Nasty Women Athens, Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, Athens, GA
                  Southworks, Oconee County Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
2016       Lyndon House 41st Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts      
                      Center, Athens, GA
2015        Trilogy: Soul, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
                  Trilogy: Body, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
                  Trilogy: Mind, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
2014       Artists from Anywhere but Illinois Art Show, Chicago Urban
                     Art Retreat Center, Chicago, IL
                 Herstory, Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, Chicago, IL
2013       Georgia Small Works 4th Annual Exhibition, Oconee Cultural Art 
                      Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
                 Body Beautiful...Body Bizarre, Renegade Femme,                                                          RennagadeFemme.com
                 Metro Montage XIII, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
                 Lyndon House Annual 38th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon                                   House Arts Center, Athens, GA
2011        Artist Juried Exhibit, Hampton Fine Arts Gallery, Greensboro, GA
2010       Five Points Art Festival, Athens, GA
                 Southworks, Oconee County Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
2008      Lyndon House 31st Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts                            Center, Athens, GA
2005      Clayton Street Gallery, Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, GA
2004      Lyndon House 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts                            Center, Athens, GA
Solo Exhibitions
2018      Illuminations, Universal Unitarian Church, Athens, GA
2017       Sixteen Stories, Oconee Library, Watkinsville, GA
2015      The Space Between Us (two person show), City Gallery, Charleston, SC 
2013      Menagerie: paintings by Melody Croft, White Tiger, Athens, GA
               Goddesses: The Real and The Imagined, The Loft Gallery,                                             Watkinsville, GA
2012      Melody Croft Paintings, Hendershots, Athens, GA
Bibliography (periodicals and books)
2017     Ryders, Josh and Hilborn, Melissa C. “Melody Croft.” Peripheral
                   Arteries Contemporary Art Review Special Issue, June 22, 2017, 
                   Issuu.com/artpress/docs/p.arteries_81/90
2016     Exit 271, Georgia Writer's Resource, Cover Art, Winter 2016
2015     Cowne, Ellen. A Thousand Scattered Moments, Author House 2105,                          Cover. Print
2014     Thought Notebook Literary and Visual Art Journal, Vol. 2, no. 1.  p. 18
2013     Thought Notebook Literary and Visual Art Journal, Cover Art, 4th                               Quarter          
               Thought Notebook Literary and Visual Art Journal, 4th                                                  Quarter,2013.34-35
               Women's Caucus for Art.  "Stories We Tell."  Instant Publishers, 2013.                      88-89.Print
               The Georgia Museum of Art.  "The Winning Entries. The Kress Project.                      Georgia Museum of Art; University of Georgia 2013. 38-39.Print       Bibliography (news sources) 
2019        _________.  "Concrete and Adrift: On the Poverty Line."                                            Alexandria Museum of Art Newsletter. 10 April. Web

                  Bass, Erin Z.  “Shining a Light on Red River Art.” Deep South 
                        Magazine.com 2019/04/02/shining-a-light-on-red-river-art/

                        N.p.  2, April. Web

2018       ________.  “Meet Melody Croft.” voyageatl.com/interview/meet- 

                      melody-croft- melody-croft-athens-ga [Atlanta, GA]  N.p.30 May.                          Web

 

                 Smith, Jessica. "Resonance and Typo-poetry: Augmenting art with 
                      Audio and Type." Flagpole.com/arts-culture/art-notes [Athens, 
                       GA] 7, Feb. Web
                  Ford, Wayne. "Sounds like Art: Athens' Artist to Exhibit at Unique 
                       OCAF Show." OnlineAthens.com/oconee/features [Athens, GA] 
                         18, Jan. Web

                  ________. “ATHICA 2018 Juried Exhibition Features Dodd Grads

                         and Alumni.” art.uga.edu/news/athica-2018-juried-exhibition-                              features-dodd-grads-and-alumni [Athens, GA] N.p. Web

2017        ________. Flagpole [Athens, GA] 18 Jan, 2017: p 20
2016        Smith, Jessica.  "Members Only Athica Highlights its Supporters
                      Supporters with New Exhibition.” Flagpole [Athens, GA] 14, Dec. 
                      2016: p.11
2015        Elingsburg, Scott. "North Charleston City Gallery Displays 
                      Exhibit of Portraits and Abstract Art.”  charlestonscene.com. N.p.3
                      Sept. Web
                  ________. "North Charleston Gallery Exhibits Croft, Dietz.”          
                      PostandCourier.com. N.p. 30 August. Web 
                  _________. "North Charleston City Gallery to Exhibit Works by
                      Melody Croft and Matthew Dietz.” Moultrienews.com. N.p. 14                                 August      
2014        Grant, Valante. "The Thought Notebook is a Unique Outlet 
                       for Artists.” Examiner.com. N.p. 26 June. Web
2012         Prochaska, Michael.  "Artist Blends Time Periods." The Oconee
                       Enterprise [Watkinsville, GA] 29 Nov. 2012:  A12.
                   ________. Flagpole [Athens, GA] 20 Nov. 2012: p. 22
2011         VanHoose, Joe. “Lyndon House shows off ‘exceptional’ 
                       artists.”  Athens Banner-Herald [Athens, GA] 27 March, 2011:E8 
2009       Flagpole [Athens, GA] 11 March, Cover
     

 

 

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