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Mel Rea

Mel Rea

My art work  is the reflection of my journey through life with all of it’s experiences and influences . I love to work in layers in an attempt to visualize depth and age. I’m captivated by what may be hidden underneath; whether  it be the layers of human experience or the influence of the elements on material objects .  The union of composition and color in my work is meant to reflect emotional balance. The natural world is my inspiration. I love the psychology behind the many moods of color. I’m not sure I have so much of an artistic philosophy as much as I’m interested in the complex range of emotions and thoughts triggered by color. My moods and color are in constant flux, reflecting the world around me. I’m not committed to evoking a singular state of mind, but am continuously fascinated by the rainbow of responses prompted by  the simple act of choosing a palette.
I am not sure where my artwork will take me in the future, but I hope I will always be asking the question “What will I be   when I grow up?”.  You see, as my artwork is me, and it is always being  changed and refined, I am therefore always in a state  of becoming….


  • Kent  State University, Dept. of  Art, B.F.A. in Ceramics 1995. “Cum Laude”
  • Pasadena City College, 2001
  • San Fernando City College, 2002


  • 2012 The Birds and the Bees, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 2011 Solo Show, Shain Gallery,  Charlotte, NC
  • 2011 Ohio Artists, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 2011 Visual Impact, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH
  • 2010 The New May Show, Lakeland Community College, Mentor
  • 2010 Through The Looking Glass, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
  • 2010 Solo Show, Intech Corporation, Palm Beach, FL.
  • 2009 Two Person Show with Mark Yale Harris, Amuse Gallery, Columbus, OH.
  • 2009  Women II Women, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH.
  • 2009  Palm Beach 3, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • 2008- “Best Of The Best”, A Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH.
  • 2007- “3 in 3-D”, Perfect Pear Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
  • 2006- “New Blood”, Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, TN.
  • 2006- “International Clay”, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX.
  • 2005- Group Show, Wiessman Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
  • 2005- Art Form Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • 2004- S.O.F.A., Chicago, Ill.
  • 2004- Contemporary Art Form, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • 2004- Sculptural Objects Functional Art, New York, NY,
  • 2003- S.O.F.A., Chicago, Ill.
  • 2003- Solo Show, The Thomas R .Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH.
  • 2003- Sculptural Objects Functional Art, New York, NY.
  • 2003- Art Form International, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • 2002- S.O.F.A., Chicago, Ill.
  • 2001- Bellevue Art Museum Festival of the Arts, Bellevue
  • 1999-02- Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, CA.
  • 2001-02- Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA.
  • 1999- Mad River Fall Collection, Santa Monica, CA.

Articles / Publishing

  • Artists Homes and Studios, Schiffer Publishing, release to TBA
  • International Artists Vol. 5., Nov. 2012
  • Capital Style, May-June 2012 issue
  • House Beautiful, Nov. 2011 issue
  • Carolina Arts, April, 2011
  • “100 Midwest Artists” , Schiffer Publishing, 2011
  • “Ceramics Today”, Schiffer Publishing, 2009
  • "Alive with Color”, Los Angeles Daily News, June 14, 2000
  • “Sculpting A Career”, Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2000
  • “Cleveland Sculptor”, Chagrin Valley Times, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, June 31, 2002
  • “Snap Shot”, West Geauga  Sun, West Geauga, Ohio, March 29, 2007


  • 2010 Painting Award, The New May Show, Lakeland Community College
  •  2003 Art Reach International Competition, Sculpture Award


  • 2004 Puffin Award Foundation, New Jersey

Select Collections

  • Heather Lemonedes, Cleveland, OH
  • Ohio Hospital Associations, Columbus, OH
  • Federal Home Loan and Savings Bank, Atlanta, GA
  • Intech/ Janice Corporation, Palm Beach, FL
  • Barbara Lazaus, Los Angeles, CA
  • Donna and Jim Foster, Columbus, OH
  • Barb and Dave Spilter, Columbus, OH.
  • Wilma Smith, Cleveland, OH.
  • Lester A. Lefton, Kent State University, Kent, OH.
  • Heather Lemonedes, Curator Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.

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