New old ideas

Through meticulous research, Melissa uses ideas and objects in unique combination to make jewellery works. Usually both the ideas and the objects already exist in the world, so the magic happens when both of these are combined to make a unique third thing. Greater than the sum of the parts, the resulting works are conceptually and aesthetically stronger from having existed in previous forms.

Melissa is an Australian-born artist jeweller who has lived in Melbourne, Seattle, and now calls Perth, Western Australia home. She holds a Masters of Fine Art in jewellery and metalsmithing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Bachelor of Art with honours in interior architecture from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Her works are in the collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, the University of Iowa Museum of Art and National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, Australia). Her pieces have recently featured in the SNAG JAMS publications and New Brooches, edited by Nicolas Estrada.

Melissa is a former chair of the Metalsmith Editorial Advisory Committee.

Melissa Cameron lives Perth, WA, Australia. Previously: Seattle, WA USA, 2012-2018

Master of Fine Arts: Jewellery and Metals, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia 2009
Postgraduate Diploma of Jewellery Production, Curtin University, Perth, Australia 2006
Bachelor of Arts: Interior Architecture, with honours, Curtin University, Perth, Australia 2001

selected prizes + awards
Winner, Contemporary Wearables ’19, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Australia
Sculpture Prize, Wanneroo 2019 Community Art Awards. The Gallery, Wanneroo Cultural Centre
The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, USA. 2018

selected public collections
University of Iowa Museum of Art,  USA. 2017
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.  2012, 2016
Cheongju Collection, South Korea. 2011

selected grants
Australia Council for the Arts, 2020
Western Australia Department for Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, 2019
Artist Trust Fellowship, 2014. Seattle USA

selected solo exhibitions
Marfa, TX, Bilk Gallery, Canberra, Australia. 2019
Body Politic, Bilk Gallery, Canberra, Australia. 2016
Object Evolution, Bini Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 2015

selected recent group exhibitions
2019 Master Makers. Mark Edgegoose, Curator. RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Australia
2018 Uneasy Beauty. Curator: Suzanne Ramljak. The Fuller Craft Museum, MA, USA
2017 Schmuck 2017, Juror: Cornelie Holzach. 69th International trade fair Munich, Germany
2016 Metalmorphosis. Jurors: C Strauss, S Ramljak and J N Milliken. Bellevue Arts Museum, WA,
2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition, Jin-Shu Special Exhibition Hall, New Taipei City

selected lectures/presentations
Body/Politic. Material Topics Symposium: Deconstruct/Reconstruct. East Carolina University, 2018
Australia to England to the USA. ACJ's 20:20 Visions Conference, Sheffield, UK 2017
Holistic Thinking: Interconnection in Jewels and Practice, SNAG, Asheville, 2016

selected exhibitions curated
Plate Glass. Arrowmont; for the Enamelist Socety Conference, 2017 and touring the USA in 2018
Heat Exchange. With E Turrell & B Gegenwart, Shemer Art Centre & Museum, Phoenix, AZ.

selected residencies
Smittern Forum. Ghost Ranch, NM. USA. 2018
Shared Concerns: Winter Residency at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, USA, 2016
Kuenstlerwerkstaetten, Erfurt, Germany for Heat Exchange 2, 2014

volunteer positions
Metalsmith Advisory Committee, Chair 2017. Society of North American Goldsmiths. 2015 - 2017
Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium Committee: 2012 - 2015

selected publications
2nd Annual Jewelry and Metals Survey, Society of North American Goldsmiths, 2019
New Brooches. Editor, Nicolas Estrada. Pomopress, 2018
Narrative Jewelry: tales from the toolbox. Ed. Mark Fenn. Schiffer Publishing, 2017

Joya Barcelona 2019.
Contained. Seattle Metals Guild with the Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium, 2017
SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship, 2014

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.