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Let's work together!  I love creating custom work and I'm excited to hear what you have in mind.

portrait commissions  -  Custom Soft sculpture  -  Group Exhibitions


Watercolor painting while on vacation in the Badlands, 2015.  

Watercolor painting while on vacation in the Badlands, 2015.  

Melissa Sue Stanley creates paintings and soft sculptures in Chicago, IL.  Her work is collected internationally and has been exhibited in galleries across the US.  

Melissa draws her inspiration from life and experience in the Midwest.  Memories of cicadas, storms, and endless fields are captured in drawings and paintings - with a twist of magical realism and using all the tools in her studio.  
Following this theme, Melissa also creates small creatures out of wool and wire.  These monsters and spirits are stitched together from summer evenings. Both bright and dark, they offer colorful delights as well as dark mysteries.  

Melissa grew up in the small towns of northern Illinois with lightning bugs, creek-beds, and dandelions.  She studied drawing and painting, and continues to do so, in various weekly figure drawing sessions at local art leagues and studios.  

Melissa also works with her partner, Max Bare, on comic books and small products.  Together they manage and host the Chicago Drink & Draw Social Club, and are members of the OhNo!Doom Collective.  


upcoming EXHIBITS + EVENTS:

Voodoo Hoodoo - February 22, 2017 - Baderbräu Brewery - Chicago, IL.
Galaxy Hero Issue #2 Release Party - March 30, 2017 - Revolution Brewing - Chicago, IL.   The adventure continues in the second issue of Galaxy Hero.  This issue makes its debut at the official Galaxy Hero party at the Revolution Tap Room.
DINK - Denver Independent Comic Con - April 8- 9, 2017 - Denver, CO
C2E2 - Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - April 21 - 23, 2017 - Chicago, IL.   
Stitched 2 - A soft sculpture show - Co-curating with Lana Crooks - May 13, 2017 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
Beasts of the Unknown - September 30, 2017 - Flower Pepper Gallery - Pasadena, CA
Mini Art Show - Deceber 2, 2017 - Gristle Gallery - Brookly, NY

 

PAST EXHIBITS + EVENTS:

Murals:  keystone corners @ Soho House - Jan 20 - 22, 2017.  On display through early February - Soho House, Chicago IL.  Collaboration with Max Bare.

Unicorn Show - December 3, 2016 - Gristle Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Dandelion Wine - Solo in the Side Gallery - December 9, 2016 - Rotofugi, Chicago, IL
Dual Personalities - December 10, 2016 - Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, I
Andersonville Arts Weekend - Featured Artist - October 14, 2016 - Foursided - Chicago, IL
Star Trek Show - September 2, 2016 - Gristle Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Woot Berries- Limited-edition collaboration with Woot Bear.  Releases August 12, 2016 - Woot Bear - San Francisco, CA
Artist Residency: 5x5 - August 8 - 13, 2016 - Fulton Market Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Art Gives Me Hope - April 14, 2016 - Revolution Brewing Tap Room - Chicago, IL
C2E2 with Revolution Brewing - Galaxy Hero #1 - March 2016, Chicago, IL.  Worked with Max Bare and David Schneider to create a comic book for Revolution Brewing, based on their brand character "Galaxy Hero".  Written by David Schneider and illustrated by Melissa and Max Bare.  Also created video and promotional materials, responsible for event and project management.  Debuted at Galaxy Hero Relaunch Party, and then sold at Revolution Brewing booth at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  Details at SalsaSharks.com.  

Patches & Stitches - July 3, 2015 - Light Grey Art Lab - Minneapolis, MN
The Nightmare in Wonderland Project, Part II - April 11, 2015 - Distinction Gallery - Escondido, CA
Sensual Chicago - Celebrating Chicago's Burlesque Performers - March 6, 2015 - Everleigh Social Club, at Fulton Street Collective - Chicago, IL
The Bell Jar - March 12, 2015 - Ghost Gallery - Seattle, WA
Pancakes & Booze - February 9, 2015 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL

Gift Wrapped 2- December 13, 2014 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
BAN ART - 1-Year Anniversary Art Show - December 12, 2014 - 18th Street Brewery - Gary, IN
Common Threads  - November 14, 2014 - FOE Gallery - Northampton, MA
Pancakes & Booze  - July 19, 2014 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Portraits - March 7, 2014 - Studio 659 Gallery - Whiting, IN
9th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition - March 8, 2014 - Morpho Gallery - Chicago, IL
Curious Beasts - February 8, 2014 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY

Plush You 2013 - October 11, 2013 - Schmancy - Seattle, WA
Gift Wrapped - December 14, 2013 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
The Joke's On You- A Comedy Themed Group Show - August 9, 2013 - Starkweather Arts - Romeo, MI
Stitched - A Soft Sculpture Show - April 13, 2013 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
Saturday Morning Cartoons - April 6, 2013 - Comic Hero University - Fullerton, CA

The End is Near - December 15, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
I'll Be Right Back - A Horror Themed Show - October 27, 2012 - Tymeless Tattoo Gallery - Baldwinsville, NY
Adventure Time - A Tribute Show by OhNo!Doom - August 11, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
Septenary - A Selection of Seven Sculptors - July 7, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
Super Button Mashers - A Gamer Tribute - February 11, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL

Luv-able + Hug-able (+Wear-able!) - December 9, 2011 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY

Lost at Sea - May 6, 2010 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY
Luv-able + Hug-able - December 3, 2010 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY

Mortal Plush - I Am Not Your Toy - July 11, 2009 - Art Whino - National Harbor, MD
Plush You - October 12, 2009 - Schmancy - Seattle, WA
Stuff This III - December 5, 2009 - Rivet - Columbus, OH