As a contemporary landscape painter, Melanie Kozol is dedicated to exploring local and distant lands. In each location, Kozol studies the inherent beauty and dis/order that makes it unique. Working with plein air studies, photographic documentation and memory, she observes and re-imagines the environment through the painting process. As she wrestles with the materiality of paint, Kozol pushes the boundaries between representation and abstraction to create paintings that are reminiscent of this world. Her landscapes are infused with memory and the experience of being in nature.
Melanie Kozol is a recipient of an NEA Visual Artist Fellowship in painting and a Skowhegan scholarship for drawing at the New York Studio School. Kozol received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from Connecticut College. She has been awarded residencies at the Clipperton Project, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo shows include If a Tree Falls, 350 Bleecker Gallery: TreeHouse, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project; Teatown Lake Reservation; and Weber Fine Arts. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Project Room 88, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Alexander Gallery, DFN and Weill Art Gallery. Kozol’s paintings were featured in the movies Damsels in Distress, 2011, and A Birders Guide to Everything, 2013. Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections including the Comptroller of the Currency, the Pfizer Corporation, Deutsche Bank and the Bellagio Hotel. Kozol is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute, and a faculty member at the School of the Arts, 92nd ST Y. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.