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Melissa Haviland

Area Chair, Professor of Printmaking, Art

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Melissa Haviland

Area Chair, Professor of Printmaking, Art

Recent Awards
2015/16   Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar, India

               Baker Award Grant, funding for large format Polaroid project —“Anti-gravity”, Ohio University

2014/15   Artist Residency, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India


Recent Solo Exhibitions and Performances
2014     The Collapse, Pearl Conard Art Gallery, The Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH

2013     Haviland & Colagiovanni, HEREart Gallery, New York City, NY

Charmed, I’m Sure, Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn, NE

For Best, Chico State Art Gallery, Chico, CA 

Music for Teacups, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, AB  Canada


I am an artist whose work straddles the boundaries between printmaking and installation-performance.  I explore family lineage, ritual, and daily practice within objects that are gendered and classed, like fine china. Though I am, by nature, a printmaker (i.e. that I crave the multiple, process and organization), I create work from textiles, food—especially sweets, performance, photography and video, sculptural and drawing materials, as well as ink and paper.


Since 2010, I have spent a considerable amount of time collaborating with video artist, David Colagiovanni.  Our recent projects, “Music for Teacups” and “Dinner Music”, bring together the focuses of both of our individual bodies of work—etiquette and class meet gravity and flight. "Dinner Music", a smashing orchestration of vision and sound exploring class and etiquette featuring the story of dropping seven full sets of fine porcelain china, recently debuted at HEREart in New York City. We recently returned from an artist residency at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India where we were capturing footage of local ceramics vessels breaking. Samples of the work can be seen at: and password broken.


Currently, I teach printmaking, papermaking, foundations, and graduate courses at Ohio University. I have been an art educator for 13 years, also teaching at: the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, Massachusetts; University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska; Metropolitan Community College in Elkhorn, Nebraska; and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.



Educational Background:

2002 MFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1998 BFA, Illinois State University