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Melissa Oresky

Wonsook Kim School of Art
Center for the Visual Arts - CVA 212D
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Melissa Oresky makes work in painting and collage, with a particular interest in landscape as a space that bridges painting, lived experience, environmental consciousness, and speculation. She has been exhibiting for twenty years, in cities throughout the United States, as well as in Germany; New Zealand; and South Korea.

Current Courses

351.001Special Projects: Video

314.001Topics in Drawing

444.003Studio Work: Painting


The University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL

University Creative Activity Award

Illinois State University

Individual Artist Fellowship

Illinois Arts Council

Journal Article

“Composting in the herbarium” (co-authored with Melissa Oresky), Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (Autumn 2020) issue 52, pgs. 156-172.