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Melissa Haviland



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Melissa Haviland

Area Chair, Professor of Printmaking

Melissa Haviland is an artist and educator whose artwork straddles the boundaries between printmaking and installation-performance. She explores lineage, ritual, and practice withinobjects that are gendered and classed, like fine china, which have both feminine and upper-class connotations.

Artist Statement

I use fine china as a cultural lens to explore relationships: personal and economic. I view the table as a platform for interaction--from conversation to negotiation. I set the table strategically to examine desire, etiquette, and the power of objects in our lives as totems and commodities. Printmaking and the multiple allow me to reference the reiteration of objects and ideas in our culture.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


  • "White Gold: Blue", Main Gallery, artspace, Richmond, VA


  • "For Best", The Emily Davis Gallery, The University of Akron, OH
  • "Haviland & Colagiovanni", Baltimore Clay Center, Baltimore, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • "Preservation: Objects Registering the Past and the Future", The Clay Studio & Hill Keith Physick House, Philadelphia, PA
  • "36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival", Minneapolis St. Paul, MN
  • "Beyond Printmaking 5", Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


  • "Modes of Photographic Vision", University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Blue Ash, OH

Educational Background:

2002 M.F.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1998 B.F.A., Illinois State University

Lab Space:

Seigfred 206