Melissa Sclafani is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Gallery Director at Fort Lewis College in Durango CO. She received her BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz in 2009 and her MFA in Sculpture and Post-Studio Practices from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018.
Her work manifests in sculpture, installation, and performance often integrating all three together. She uses her background in traditional sculpture techniques, journalism, and gender studies to generate a relationship between labor intensive process, interaction, and social constructions. She is interested in creating work that sparks conversation, getting herself and the viewer to think more, talk more, work together, and hopefully, do more.
She has participated in residencies and exhibitions across the country including NURTUREArt in Brooklyn, NY; Museum of Boulder in Boulder CO; Wayfarers in Brooklyn, NY; Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, MN; Salem Art Works in Salem, NY; The Contemporary Artist Center in Troy, NY; Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO; and MoMAZoZo in Carrizozo, NM.