May 4th – May 27th, 2011
Reception: Friday, May 6th, 6 – 8pm
Momentary Vulnerability is a solo exhibition of lithographs and intaglio prints by Laura Melancon and the first solo exhibition by the artist in Central California. Known for her strong sense of draftsmanship, Melancon’s work presents the viewer with autobiographical reflections of the artist’s personal experience in an evocative, poetic manner.
About her work, Melancon states, “Each form that occurs in my artwork is a representation of an element that is specific to my life. Included in a majority of my pieces is the female figure, symbolizing the self and interacting with a variety of iconic forms, which in turn signify the factual events and people that have made a meaningful impact on my mind, heart, and soul, all in an effort to relate the essence of my life’s perspective to my audience.”
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Laura Melancon attended classes at the St. Louis Community College with a concentration in fine arts. After moving to Louisiana, she attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where, in 2001, she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. In 2005, upon completion of her Master of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota, she joined the faculty of the Department of Art at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art, teaching courses in drawing, color and design, and printmaking.
With exhibitions, both invitational and juried, and collaborative print exchange portfolios, Melancon’s work has gained a wide appreciation throughout the country. Among the various exhibitions in which her work has been included are A Vision Unfolds: 60 Years of Art at the Fresno Art Museum, Frogman Prints: Frogman Collects at UNO Art Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, A Woman’s Heart at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, and previously at Arts Visalia as a part of the 2007 exhibition California Prints and 2009’s California Prints II.