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Bullseye Projects Residency

This fall I’m honored to be an artist in residence at Bullseye Projects, where I have the opportunity learn how to work in glass. You can learn more about their programs on their website and be sure to follow me on Instagram for updates on what’s happening throughout the residency!


Crocker Art Musem

My work is currently on display at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. It will be up through 2019-20.

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Rainbow Weather

Mel Prest, Rainbow Weather, 2019, wall drawing and acrylic on panels, 128 x 140 x 1 ⅝ inches.

Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors is pleased to present Rainbow Weather by Mel Prest, the inaugural edition of our Commissioned Art Program, on view April 5 - May 24, 2019.

Mel Prest's work is inspired by naturally occurring light phenomena. Rainbow Weather, her new installation and one of her largest works to date, plays off moments of clarity, obscurity and high drama she sees in the sky. Rainbow Weather utilizes and expands on a series of 5 x 5 x 2" paintings on panel Prest made over the past few years, which have never been shown. Using these panels and their colors as a starting point, she created a large wall installation designed specifically for the space. The new work incorporates several different structures: single panels, grouping where colors and internal forms play off one another, and "ladder" shapes (28 panels hung in 2 parallel lines). Prest has composed clusters of seemingly monochrome panels, though most have their sides painted, and some have low contrast colors painted on the surface. Rainbow Weather also includes a hand-drawn wall painting in pale yellow that rests under the panels, shifting in visibility as viewers move around the piece. This is the first time Prest has shown a wall drawing and painting panels together as a single installation.


Recent Acquisitions:

Victorian Box/Mock Orange acquired by Berkeley Museum of Art

Sun Cloud acquired by Mills College Art Museum

Blue Morning Glory acquired by the Crocker Museum of Art

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The Possibilities of Line

McKenzie Fine Art

55 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

group show on view 6/21-8/18/2018


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solo show at Galleri Urbane, Dallas

May 12 - June 14, 2018

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Flower Power

March 29 – April 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29, 6 - 8 pm

Garvey Simon, 547 West 27th St., Suite 207, New York, NY 10001 

A group exhibition featuring works by six contemporary artists who explore flora in a wide range of media. This first-ever show co-curated by Ellen Hackl Fagan and Elizabeth Garvey combines artists from their respective programs.

Artists include: Christopher Adams, Jackie Battenfield, Daisy Craddock, Sally Gil, Mel Prest, and Sung Won Yun.


East Cut Art Fair

January 12-14, 2018

See my work with Chandra Cerrito Gallery at the East Cut Art Fair.

January 13, 10-7pm | January 14, 11-5pm 

A boutique pop-up art fair, called The East Cut Art Fair, will take place in a 3,000 foot retail storefront at 160 Spear, just south of Market Street in mid-January 2018. Timed to coincide with the two major international fairs, Fog Design + Art, and Untitled, San Francisco, which will be held over the same weekend, The East Cut Art Fair will feature contemporary art that has been curated by four Bay Area art galleries, all under one roof. Participating galleries include Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, George Lawson Gallery, Seager Gray Gallery, and SLATE Contemporary.


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About Abstraction: Bay Area Women Painters

September 24 – December 17, 2017

Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, CA, 94596

While Bay Area art history is rooted in figurative art, the past few decades show us that abstract art is flourishing. The work in About Abstraction suggests a kinship with the Abstract Expressionist movement of 1940s SoHo and San Francisco, and illustrates the enduring vitality and power of nonrepresentational art for well over a century. 

Participating Artists:

Lorene Anderson, Eva Bovenzi, Donna Brookman, Heather Day, Amy Ellingson, Linda Geary, Rebekah Goldstein, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Danielle Lawrence, Naomie Kremer, Michelle Mansour, Alicia McCarthy, Mel Prest, Cornelia Schulz, Michele Théberge, Canan Tolon


With Liberty and Justice for Some

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709

Curated by Monica Lundy and Walter Maciel

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 23rd 6 - 8 pm

September 23 - October 8, 2017
Wednesday - Sunday
11 am - 5 pm

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Sluice Biennial

Bohemia Place & Morning Lane, Hackney Central, London E8

Sept 30 - Oct 3 2017
12-6 daily

Curated by Hanz Hancock & Patrick Morrissey, Saturation Point


Lilac Aura

my solo show at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary. 4/7-5/25/2017

Artist talk at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, moderated by Caitlin Haskell, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMoMA, 2-3:30PM 5/13/2017

Art Market is coming up. Please come and see us there.

Copy of Lilac Aura, Solo Show, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 2017.