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Mel Arsenault est une artiste en arts visuels établie à Montréal.
Son travail qui est soutenu par un mode de recherche empirique, mène à différentes investigations sur la matérialité, la transformation et la couleur et propose des interprétations sensibles d'idées concernant le savoir, le jeu, et l'histoire de l'art. En 2016, Mel Arsenault a remporté le prix Outstanding Work and Meaningful Contribution to Ceramics délivré par le Département d’arts plastiques de l’Université Concordia. En 2019, elle a reçue la bourse de recherche et d'enseignement de Carolyn et Richard Renaud. Son travail a été montré au Canada, en Italie, Roumanie, et au Danemark.

Mel Arsenault is an artist who lives and work in Montreal. She has a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University where she is now an MFA candidate in Sculpture. Her current practice focuses on ceramics, in which her background as a painter has remained significant. She has been the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Work and Meaningful Contribution to Ceramics Award’ given by the Studio Arts department of Concordia University. In 2019, she received the Carolyn and Richard Renaud Research and Teaching Award. Her work has been shown in Canada, Italy, Romania, and Denmark. 

EDUCATION
MFA Candidate, Concordia University
Concordia University, Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, Painting and Drawing
Visual Arts Center
Demers Institut, Digital Media Art

EXHIBITIONS
2019
Fast Combustion, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark
Maureen IV, Galerie Yves Laroche, MTL
Plinth or Platform, MFA Gallery, MTL

2018
Peinture fraîche et nouvelle construction – Galerie Art Mûr, Mtl
Nuit Chromatic, Usine C, Mtl.
Faculty of Fine Arts Graduating Students Exhibition, Fofa Gallery, Mtl
Exposition éphémère Art Art, Mtl.
À vos Bisques et Périls, Galerie le 1040, Mtl.
Obsessive Ritual Practices, Mile End Gallery, Mtl
Art Souterrain / BlUEPRINTS, VAV Gallery, Mtl
Make Your Own Genitalias LABS, Locker Gallery, Mtl

2017
Pop Matters, VAV Gallery, Mtl2017 Manipulated Variables, VAV Gallery, Mtl
Ephemeral Fortitude, Skol Gallery, Mtl
Interim, Ecole des Beaux- Arts, 3450 St Urbain, Mtl
Art Matters: xxxxxxxx*8, Popop Gallery, Mtl
We Only Die Once, Locker Gallery, Mtl

2016
What is Shame, GlassDoor Galley, Mtl
3 Femmes, Galerie de la Gare, Piedmont
TransFORmations, VAV Gallrey, Mtl
Créations de Femmes, Mile End Gallery, Mtl

2015
#05.vav//2015, VAV Gallery, Montreal
La diversité dans l'art, Musée Ferdinand 1er, Romania
Sketch Book, Mouse Print Gallery, Mtl
Exposition du CAPSQ, Vincent d'Indy, Mtl
FreakShow: The Followers, Locker Gallery, Mtl

2014
Heather Midori Group Show, Espace Gallery, Mtl
VASR 2014, VAV Gallery, Mtl
Art Matters, Galerie Carte Gallery, Mtl

2013
La diversité dans lʼart, Galleria La Pigna, Rome, Italy.
Still Standing, #427 Gallery, Mtl

2012
Heather Midori Group Show, Espace Gallery, Mtl


RELATED ACTIVITIES
-Ceramic consultant and assistant for the piece Volume 1 by Nadia Myre
-Residency at Guldagergaard's International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark
-Materialist for the Hot Alchemy Project www.hotalchemy.ca
-Performer and technical assistant for the piece Migration by Mat Chivers
-Research Assistant for the Hot Alchemy research project directed by Linda Swanson,
Concordia University, 2017-19
-Poetry reciting performance for "My Body" by Zac Langdon-Pole presented at
The Montreal Museum of Contemporary Arts for the Biennale de Montréal, 2016
-Initiation to Abstraction workshop, École St-Jean-de-Brebeuf, Mtl, 2013

GRANTS AND RECOGNITIONS
-Carolyn and Richard Renaud Teaching Assistantship Award, 2019
-Thomson Family Field School Awards, 2019
-Second Grand Prize in Contemporary Art, CAPSQ, Mt, 2017
-Special Project Grant, Concordia University, 2017
-Outstanding Work and Meaningful Contribution to Ceramics Award,
Studio Art Department, Concordia University, 2016
-Gold Medal, CAPSQ International Exhibition at Musée Ferdinand 1er, Romania, 2015
-Bronze Medal, Figurative Reality, CAPSQ , Mtl, 2015


PUBLICATIONS
-https://www.facebook.com/notes/artart/artart-09-par-zo%C3%A9-dion-van-royen/438428326619763/
-ART SOUTERRAIN avec Art Matters: BlUEPRINTS, catalogue d’exposition, 2018
-Obsessive Ritual Practices, catalogue d’exposition par Hea Kim et Nathalie Draz, 2018
-https://issuu.com/kimhearyung/docs/obsession_and_ornamentation
-Festival Pop Montreal avc Art Matters, Pop Matters, catalogue d’exposition, 2017
-Festival Art Matters, catalogue d’exposition, 2017
-http://theconcordian.com/2017/09/student-artists-bring-playful-humour-to-life/ ,2017
-https://popmontreal.com/fr/artistes/detail/mel-arsenault/, 2017
-https://issuu.com/theconcordian/docs/conc_2803_25-34/11 , 2017
-SketchBook, Galerie Mouse Print, catalogue d’exposition, 2015
-Festival Art Matters, catalogue d’exposition, 2014