Melissa A. Calderon

NY

Melissa A. Calderon was born in 1974 and attended CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx. Using installation, photography, sculpture and video, the foundation of her work remains rooted in exploring the gap of disconnection from traditional roles; whether they are gender or culturally based. Parts of the work address the depth and breath of assimilation within various contexts of  identity and urban culture; the trying to find and redefine culture when markers have been lost between generations. She has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Queens Museum, The Portland Museum of Art, Hunter College, Arsenal de la Puntilla in Puerto Rico, Longwood Art Project and BronxArtSpace among others. Melissa is a PEPATIAN artist; a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to creating, producing and supporting contemporary multi-disciplinary art by Latino and Bronx-based artists founded by Pepon Osorio and Merian Soto. She continues to be an advocate and activist for arts revitalization in the South Bronx. Melissa founded the Mott Haven loft series CONVERSIONs and has co-founded organizations such as Haven Art Space and Coalition of Mott Haven Artists. Recently, Melissa was included in Frescos, a book featuring work of 50 contemporary artists from Puerto Rico. She was artist in residence at Residency Unlimited – Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in 2011 and is currently an emerging artist fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park. A self-taught artist, she works in the Bronx.