Melisa Elif Gereççi

b. 1983

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022    Artful Healing, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ (upcoming)

2021   Creative Resilience, Newark Arts Festival, Newark, NJ

2021   Welcome Back to the World, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

2020   Pushing the Envelope, Pulp Holyoke Gallery, Holyoke, MA 

2019   Green Zine Fair, Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York, NY

PUBLIC-FACING WORK

2022     Signal Ahead, 2 x 3 feet and 2 x 2 feet, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, and wood

Nailed a thousand hand-made sequins into two old road signs for installation on the East Coast Greenway in Metuchen, NJ

2022    City Feast, 40 x 6 x 12 feet, Audible, Inc.

Indoor mural at Innovation Cathedral with Newark Artist Collaboration for Audible headquarters. Life-sized, hand-drawn people enjoying Newark’s culinary abundance. Celebrates cultural traditions and activates cross-cultural exchange with a visual guide to locally available dishes.

2022    Yards Alive!, 4 ½ x 10 feet, Rutgers University Office of Urban Extension and Engagement

Four-panel drawing exploring climate change and collective impact. I enlarged real-estate marketing images, erased the lawns, and replaced them with hand-drawn native plants. Engages community to reimagine property ownership as an opportunity for natural resource stewardship.

2021    Shelter in the Snow, card design for The Bowery Mission, New York, NY  

2021    Reading Room, limited-edition risograph print held by The Newark Public Library

2021    Foodways, Windows of Understanding, New Brunswick, NJ

Illustrated and fabricated large-scale paper sculptures for public art project. Collaborated with community kitchen to develop site-specific concept for high-traffic site. Liaised with Metuchen Arts Council, Highland Park Arts Commission, and New Brunswick Community Arts Council.

2020    Accordion, magnet design contest popular vote winner, Texas Folklife, Austin, TX

2020    Alligator, bookmark design contest popular vote winner, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

2019    Show Posters, Brick City Comedy Revue, Newark, NJ

2018    Menu design, Simit House Café, Montclair, NJ

EDUCATION

2009    New York University School of Law, JD 

2005    The University of Texas at Austin, BA Plan II Liberal Arts

SELECT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

2022    Place-Making with Public Art, The University of Texas at San Antonio (upcoming)

2021    Clothes Up and Personal: Portraits of Four Fashion Designers, The Newarker Magazine   

2020    The Streets will be Empty this Good Friday, The Star-Ledger   

2019    From Arne Duncan to Betsy DeVos: Litigating Title IX as the Rules are Rewritten, NSBA Santa Fe

2019    Race, Color & National Origin: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, NACUA Denver

2005    Adaptive Reuse of the Lone Star Brewery as the San Antonio Museum of Art, Honors Thesis

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Advocated for schools and universities and counseled educational institutions on civil rights as a lawyer from 2010-2020. Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., in Brooklyn federal court in 2009.