Melissa Catanese


Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch
Dive Dark Dream Slow
Smokey Days
When the Bugs Come Back
New photographs




2006 MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2001 BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

Solo Exhibitions
2009 - Fieldwork, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY

Select Group Exhibitions
2015 - Secondhand, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
2015 - The Photographer’s Playspace, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
2014 - Collective Unconscious, UnSmoke Systems Artspace (August 2 - 29), Braddock, PA
2013 - Six Rooms (October 4-11), The Mine Factory, Pittsburgh PA
2013 - 10x10 American Photobooks, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Tokyo Japan
2013 - Mulhouse Biennial of Photography, Nothing Works Anymore Part 1, La Filature Mulhouse France
2013 - Mulhouse Biennial of Photography, Nothing Works Anymore Part 1, Gallery T66 Freiberg Germany
2012 - NoFound Photo Fair, Next Level Projects Paris France
2012- Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist, Paris Photo, Paris France 2012- Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist, Aperture Gallery, New York NY
2012- Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist, Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris France
2012 - DIY: Photographers & Books, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH
2012 - Millennium Magazines, MoMA Library New York, NY
2012 - Slideluck Potshow, Pittsburgh PA
2012 - Re-bound, Sewickley Arts Initiative, Sewickley PA
2009 - Here and There, 709 Railroad Street, Johnstown, PA
2008 - New York Photography Festival, MoCP Satellite Show, Dumbo, NY   
2008 - PCA Exchange Exhibition, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA  
2008 - Society of Photographers 6x6 exhibition, Rooke Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa  
2008 - Toledo Friends of Photography National Juried Exhibition, juror Todd Hido, Toledo, OH  
2008 - Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University, TX  
2007 - Member Exhibition, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 - The Looking Glass, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA  
2006 - RaiseUp2, St. Petersburg, FL; ADM Gallery, LA, CA; Omy Gallery, Toronto Canada  
2006 - Graduate Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI  

2005 - Interface, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH  
2001 - Light and Time, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH

2015 - Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch, Spaces Corners, Pittsburgh PA
2013 - Dangerous Women, Spaces Corners, Pittsburgh PA

2012 - Dive Dark Dream Slow, The Ice Plant, Los Angeles CA
2010 - Smokey Days, Ping Pong, New York NY
2007 - When the Bugs Come Back, Ping Pong, Pittsburgh PA
2006 - Stardust, Ping Pong, Pittsburgh, PA

In Print
2016 - The Photobook Review: Spring Issue, Aperture Foundation
2016 - Secondhand exhibition catalog, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
2015 - CONVERSATIONS: Secondhand, exhibition interviews, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
2015 - In the air tonight, Photofile Vol. 97: the photobook issue, Australian Centre for Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2015 - OjodePez, Issue 40, The New Photography, Editor, Jörg Colberg, La Fabrica Barcelona, Spain
2014 - The Photographer’s Playbook, Aperture Foundation
2012 - The Photobook Review: Fall Issue, Aperture Foundation
2012 - Garden, 0-100 Editions, A2 Series, Milan Italy
2011 - 0-100 Editions, Spring Issue 2011, Milan Italy
2008 - The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, Humble Arts Foundation, NY
2008 - group show #22, Humble Arts Foundation, NY, NY
2008/06 - Bailliwik, Issue 4 thru 6, Chicago, IL
2007 - Paper Placemats (ATL), J&L Books (Brooklyn), Atlanta GA  
2006 - tiny vices, Various 13, NY, NY
2006/05 - RaiseUp Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Los Angeles, CA  
2006 - From Here on Out, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco,CA
The Cleveland Museum of Art Library, Cleveland OH
Museum of Modern Art Library, New York NY
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
The Indy Photobook Library (iPL), Washington D.C.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Library, Bloomfield Hills MI

Collection of Peter J. Cohen, New York NY
Collection of Dennison W. Griffith, Columbus OH

Grants & Awards
2015 - Foam Paul Huf Award nomination
2012 - Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, Shortlisted

2012 - Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Artist Opportunity Grant recipient
2011 - Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PPA Project Stream 2011-2012 grant recipient
2011 - People’s Choice Nominee, Blurb Photography Book Now competition
2009 - Honorable Mention, Blurb Photography Book Now competition

2008 - Honorable Mention, Juror Todd Hido, Toledo FOP, National Juried Exhibition

Presentations, Lectures, and Teaching
2016 - 2017 - Visiting faculty, Image Text Ithaca MFA at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
2014 - 2016 - Guest lecturer and critic, University of Hartford MFA, Hartford, CT
2016 - Guest Lecturer, Alec Soth’s Winnebago Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 - Guest Lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
2016 - Guest Lecturer, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
2016 - Guest Lecturer, Emerson College, Boston, MA
2016 - The Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
2015 - Guest Lecturer, Robert Morris University, Moon, PA
2015 - Guest Lecturer, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2014 - Guest lecturer, Exposures, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati OH
2014 - Guest lecturer & critic, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT
2014 - Building The Photobook (workshop), Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
2014 - Opening The Photobook, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
2014 - Guest lecturer, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia PA
2013 - Guest lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
2012 - The Art of the Photobook, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH
2012 - Guest Lecturer, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY
2012 - Opening the Photobook, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh PA
2008 - Underexposed: Self-Publishing Your Photobook, Transformer Gallery, Wash D.C.
2007/06 -The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Adjunct Photography Instructor, Pittsburgh, PA  
2006 - Cranbrook Summer Art Institute, Photography Instructor, Bloomfield Hills, MI  
2002- Columbus College of Art and Design, Adjunct Photography Instructor, Columbus, OH

2016 - Spaces Corners at ICP Museum, 250 Bowery, New York NY
2016 - Paper Movies, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford CT
2016 - All We Are, Pratt Photography BFA exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NY
2014 - The Sandbox: At Play with the Photobook, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA

2016 - Editor, Fate Shifts Shapes, works by by Nicholas Muellner, Anzhelina Polonskaya,
Sasha Rudensky and Clemens von Wedemeyer, Spaces Corners & Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, PA
2016 - Guest editor, All We Are, Pratt Institute Photography BFA catalog, Brooklyn NY
2015 - Editor, April Flowers photos by Ricardo Cases, Ed Panar, & Mike Slack, Spaces Corners, Pittsburgh, PA
2015 - Editor, A People’s History of Pittsburgh, Spaces Corners & Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 - Editor, Again and again, photos by Peter Hoffman, self-published, Chicago, IL
2013 - Editor, Notes From the Foundry, Spaces Corners, Pittsburgh, PA

Related Experience
2011-present - Founder, Spaces Corners photography book shop and project space, Pittsburgh PA
2012-present - North American Representative, MACK, London