Project Space, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA


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Mel Day is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working across a range of media including immersive video installations, painting, photo-based works, participatory projects, and performance. Typically durational in form, her work explores the important role of doubt, the instability of belief systems of all kinds, and the unknown. Day directs her focus in current work on the role of communal singing in civic engagement, deepening dialogue among potentially insular groups. With the artist Michael Namkung, Day is building the ongoing “Wall of Song”, a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which has been exhibited widely, most recently at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She is also curating the upcoming exhibition “Love & Longing” at Root Division Gallery, SF.

Day, a Canadian-British artist currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has exhibited and screened her work in venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Film Festival, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus and The Berlin Office in Germany, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, ZERO1 Biennale, Peak Gallery in Toronto and Grace Cathedral in SF. Recent residencies include Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, Headlands Center for the Arts (Alumni New Works Award and UC Berkeley MFA Fellowship), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Schwandorf, Germany), and The Lab, SF. Other honors include San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts and the Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts from UC Berkeley. Day is currently a Visiting Lecturer at San José State University, previously at UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan College. She holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Queen’s University, Canada with a year’s study at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.