MarinMOCA Artist In Residence Program

. . . championing artists and the artistic process

In partnership with the City of Novato, the MarinMOCA residency aims to provide a talented and committed visual artist with a stipend and free studio space at the Novato Art Center surrounded by 50 other artists as well as MarinMOCA’s galleries, museum store and classroom. This exciting program will give a deserving artist the opportunity to concentrate on making their art while giving the community opportunities to connect and learn from his/her art practice and knowledge.

Through January 2018 Artist In Residence:
Melissa Shanley

Artist In Residence Melissa Shanley is creating a "silk" forest on the MarinMoca campus at Hamilton Field, opening to the public on Saturday, September 2 at 5 pm. Shanley combines photography and textiles to create immersive installations. She describes her imagery as "detailed abstractions." Aiming her camera at various subject matter, she captures the image in close-up, which blurs or "abstracts" the final image. The resulting photographs offer the viewer an intimate connection with the textures and surfaces that interest her. Melissa’s focus throughout her residency will be on creating several outdoor installations. She creates this work by printing her photo images on large silk panels that will be installed on the palm trees in the MarinMOCA courtyard. She envisions these installations as experiential environments that visitors can touch or wander through. The first installation, "Charlie’s Forest", will be on view to the public beginning September 2 through October 8. The courtyard art garden is free to the public. Come wander through the forest. Images from "Charlie's Forest" series