Melissa Cole
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Melissa Cole
July 2018 (Kensington)

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Melissa S. Cole
4917 N. Boeing Road
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Web: (fine art)
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BS Degree in Zoology, with electives in sculpture, figure drawing and painting,
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


2017 Inspiration and Pollination, 4x80 foot mural mosaic and 3x3 foot steel sculpture of giardellia flower and honey bee, Moscow Public Library 1% for Art Project, Moscow, ID

2017 Belly Full of Salmon, 22x48 inch mixed media on fiberglass orca sculpture for the Orcas on Parade
public art project, Richmond Beach, WA

2017 Mizak Tree of Life, 12x8 foot tall tree of life design for Mizak Maternity Center, textured acrylic
and glass mosaic, incorporated community built mosaics, Mizak, Haiti

2017 Miss Summer Sweets, 22x48 inch mixed media on fiberglass orca sculpture private commission for the
director of the Orcas on Parade public art project, Richmond Beach, WA

2017 Belly Full of Salmon, 22x48 inch mixed media on fiberglass orca sculpture for the Orcas on Parade
public art project, Richmond Beach, WA

2016 Pink Salmon Frenzy Returns, 24x48 inch mixed media mosaic painting commissioned by Teaselwood
Designs for their corporate boardroom, Syracuse NY

2016 Home Stretch, 48 x 60 inch mixed media painting commissioned by Enduris Corporation for
their entryway lobby, Spokane WA

2016 Five paintings purchased by the Bonneville Power Administration for their permanent collection,
Mead WA

2015 Wild Aurora, 23 mixed media 48 x 60 inch panels showcasing native wildlife, commissioned by Aurora Elementary School for a "1% for Art” Project, Anchorage, AK

2015 Fish Eye View, 6 x 13 foot reproduction on vinyl, commissioned by Greenstone Homes for the Kendall Yards Development, Spokane, WA

2015 Shared Connections, 20 foot tall freestanding steel and mosaic tree sculpture, commissioned by the Sister Cities Sculptural Garden Project, Spokane WA (in progress)

2015 On Golden Pond, Birchwood Bear and Electric Kokanee, reproduction on vinyl wraps for electric
boxes, commissioned by the Coeur d' Alene Art Commission, Coeur d' Alene, ID

2015 Over 100 private commissions completed to date in acrylic, watercolor, concrete and raku sculpture, for clients in USA (AK, CA, FL, GA, HI, OR, VA, WA), Japan, France, Ireland, Mexico & UK

2014 Turquoise Days, Amber Nights, 24 x 48 inch mixed media painting, purchased for the Kent City Hall’s permanent collection, winner of People’s choice award, Kent, WA

2014 Water Dragon, 48 inch long mixed media on fiberglass 3D salmon sculpture, purchased by the Heathman Hotel from the Kirkland Fish Frolic Event, Kirkland, WA

2014 Lotus Dawn, 40 x 60 inch acrylic painting, purchased by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA

2014 Ruby Nights, mural mosaic of 18 life-sized dance and performance figures and a 25 x 40 foot reproduction on vinyl of Dancing Among Stars and Rubies for the entry way and parking garage of Ruby 2 Hotel, Spokane, WA

2014 Blue Dog, 4 foot tall freestanding memorial concrete dog sculpture with glass mosaic, commissioned by Thinking Cap Design, Spokane, WA

2013 Onward and Upward, mural mosaic with 3D concrete elements, created utilizing community involvement, Jacklin Arts and Culture Center, Post Falls, ID

2013 Something’s Fishy, concrete sculptures with glass mosaic of native fish on and beside a 4 x 6 foot
wall, commissioned by the Urban Renewal Agency and Downtown Lewiston Association, Lewiston, ID

2012 Confluence of the Snake and Clearwater, more than 150 pieces of double-sided concrete sculptures with glass mosaic installed on 200 foot long pedestrian bridge, Lewiston, ID

2012 La Selva, 8 x 40 foot community built mosaic mural in conjunction with the Global Mosaic Project,
Centro de Salud, La Fortuna, COSTA RICA

2011 Riverdance, 22 x 24 foot mixed media interior installation for the Spokane Convention Center, commissioned by the Public Facilities Department. Spokane, WA

2010 Balazs, Big River, and Manito, led at-risk youth in the creation of 5 murals each sized at 12 x 110
feet in downtown Spokane, WA, commissioned by the Spokane Arts Commission, Spokane, WA

2010 30 artworks commissioned by The Children’s Clinic, Tualatin, OR

2009 Big Koi Pond, 40 x 60 inch acrylic painting, purchased by Univ. of WA Medical Center, Seattle, WA

2005 Numerous paintings commissioned for the Seattle Aquarium’s Collection, Seattle, WA

2003 Salmon Mousse, painted life-size fiberglass moose for Excell School Foundation’s “No Moose Left Behind” project, Coeur d' Alene, ID

2001 Cosmic Trout, 5 x 8 foot wall mural, acrylic on curved board, commissioned by River Park Square, Spokane, WA

1991 Community project creating educational murals for schools, US Peace Corps, Dominican Republic


2018 Marmot Art Space, one person show, Encaustic, March 2-April 2, Spokane, WA

2018 Artist Trust Benefit Auction, group exhibit, February 24, Seattle, WA

2018 New Moon Gallery, three person show, Through Thick and Thin, February 2-March 9, Spokane, WA

2017 Las Laguna Gallery, group show Botanik, October 28-November 30, Laguna Beach, CA

2017 Dean Davis Studios, one person show Cellular, Oct 6-Nov 2, Spokane, WA

2017 Artxchange Gallery, one person show, August 3 through September 30, Seattle, WA

2017 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, two person show with Ric Gendron, Life/Stories, June 9- September 9, Spokane, WA

2017 Cole Gallery, group show Bright and Beautiful, May 18-June 13, Edmonds, WA

2017 Forward Flux Productions: Create/Collaborate group show Who Am I/Who I Am, April 19-20
Fred Wildlife Refuge Art Space, Seattle, WA

2017 Avenue West, guest artist, March-April, Spokane, WA

2017 Impasto Art Gallery, group show In the Mood for Love, January-February, Longmont, CO

2016 The Art Spirit Gallery, small works invitational, Dec 2-Jan 6, Coeur d' Alene, ID

2016 Radius Gallery, group holiday show, Nov-Dec, Missoula, MT

2016 Attic Gallery, two person show Thicker than Water, October, Camas, WA

2016 Marmot Art Space, two person show (with my mother, Marilyn Singh), September, Spokane, WA

2016 NW Museum of Arts and Culture, group show Animals in Art, June-September, Spokane, WA

2016 Marmot Art Space, one person show, April-May, Kendall Yards, Spokane, WA

2015 Moses Lake Museum, one person show, July-September, Moses Lake, WA

2015 Stephan Fine Arts, one person show, August-September, Anchorage, AK

2015 NW Museum of Arts and Culture, group show The Artist's Palette, March-August, Spokane WA

2015 Radius Gallery, two person show with Ric Gendron, May-June, Missoula, MT

2015 New Moon Gallery, two person show with Kim Long, Feb-March, Spokane, WA

2014 Tower Gallery, Mosaic Art International group show, winner of Juror’s choice award for Confluence, April-May 2014, Houston, TX

2014 Heathman Hotel, one person show, January-March, Kirkland, WA

2013 Jacklin Arts and Culture Center, one person show, May-July, Post Falls, ID

2012 Dean Davis Studios, one person show, September-October, Spokane, WA

2011 Barrister Winery, two person show, March-April, Spokane, WA

2011 Farrago Gallery, one person show, January-February, New Delhi, INDIA

2010 Seattle Aquarium, one person show, June-August, Seattle, WA

2009 Tinman Art Gallery, one person show, March-April, Spokane, WA

2008 Fusion Gallery, one person show, June-July, Ocean Shores, WA

2008 Naked Horse Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2008 Jane Hamilton Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2007 Wild Side Gallery, Key West, FL

2006 Christopher Bell Gallery, Monterey, CA

2005 Stephan Fine Arts, one person show, July-August, Anchorage, AK,

2005 Wyland Gallery, one person show, September-October, Seattle, WA,

2004 Attic Gallery, Portland, OR, currently exhibiting

2003 Chase Gallery, three person show, July-September, Spokane, WA

2003 Kress Gallery, one person show, March-April, Spokane, WA

2002 Timberstand Gallery, one person show, June-July, Sandpoint, ID

2001 Earthworks Galleries, Newport, Lincoln City and Yachats, OR


2016 Spark Center, one of two artists in panel discussion for the Taproot creativity program, Spokane, WA

2015 NW Museum of Arts and Culture, one of three artists in panel discussion of group show "The Artist's
Palette", Spokane WA

2013 Artist Trust, educational speaker for “Artist Trust At Large” 2 year program, Eastern WA

2011 Arts Impact, 3 year grant recipient as a teaching artist mentor in Spokane, WA


Professional Artist Magazine, Artist Spotlight feature, December/January 2016

Artsy Shark Online Magazine, interior feature titled Women and Art, December 2016

Art Chowder Magazine, front cover and feature article about my work. (March/April 2016)

Alaska Beyond Magazine, feature article about my work in the Spokane section. (February, 2016)

Numerous articles featuring my artwork in the Pacific Northwest Inlander, Lewiston Tribune, Spokesman Review and Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene Magazine. (2002-present)

Blackbirch-Gale Group Publishing, author of 30 children’s nature books


2017 City of Spokane Award for Imagination

2016 Awarded Top Local Silver Artist by Spokane/Coeur d' Alene Magazine

2015 Juror's choice for top mixed-media artist at NW Museum's Art and Culture's Artfest Event

2014 Juror's choice Award by judge Julio Menossi at the International Mosaic Exhibition in
Houston, TX for Confluence public work.

2014 People's choice Award for Turquoise Days, Amber Nights, at the Kent City Hall Purchase Award Exhibit

2013 Awarded Top Local Silver Artist by Spokane/Coeur d' Alene Magazine


2018 Selected to be on the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s Ethnic Artist’s Roster

2017 Instructor for Spokane Public School's Professional Development Program

2017 Art Consultant for HAPI (Haitian Artists for Peace International)

2013 Arts WA, Teaching Artist Training Lab at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA

2013 Artist Trust, Professional Development Edge Residency Program, Port Townsend, WA

2011 Arts Impact, Arts and Literacy Mentor Program, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Participation in various technical workshops and residencies: mosaic, cement sculpture, resin and bronze sculpture, fused glass, encaustics and enameled metal, given by the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland CA, the Seattle Mosaic Institute in Seattle WA, Sherri Warner Hunter Studio in Bell Buckle TN, Laurel True of the Global Mosaic Project in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Harold Balazs Studio in Spokane WA, and John Killmaster Studio in Boise ID, Alicia Tormey, Seattle, WA, Gary Cooley, Sisters, OR, Delia Dante/Fire Fusions Studio, Boise, ID