Melissa Maddoni Haims

Fiber Art/ Sculpture & 3D


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Artist Statement

My career in the arts began in the mid 1990’s after attending a long list of arts + liberal arts colleges. My early mixed media work and installations showed in galleries and alternative spaces in both Chelsea and SoHo, with representation by Stephen Gang and SAI Galleries. I then moved into a career in corporate interior design which gave me the life + business skills to organize my current career in the arts. After a short hiatus involving child rearing, I jumped back into the scene when I moved to Philadelphia in 2006. While I continue to work in mixed media, my focus during the past 4 years has been in fiber arts: specifically recycled and upcycled materials. Over this time I have explored the meaning of fibers, both emotionally and physically. I’m interested in manipulating fibers to create large scale works that break down into smaller scattered pieces, such as heaven + hell, which was debuted in November of 2009. Currently, I am writing proposals for installations which will debut during FiberPhiladelphia 2012 and Art Basal Miami.

Additionally, I am involved in working on a curatorial project that involves fiber artists, both living and deceased, for an exhibition highlighting the evolvement of fiber arts from a functionality and farm-based lifestyle, into the thriving contemporary fiber scene that has exploded into the American public arts plate.

Artist Bio

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a mixed media fiber artist based in Philadelphia. She explores alternative materials, mostly recycled, reclaimed or rescued, with knitted elements and found objects. Her career in the arts began in New York City in the 1990’s, and life led her back home to Philadelphia in 2004, where she lives with her family in chestnut hill. Ms. Haims is an active member in the co-operative 3rd Street Gallery and teaches children and young adults traditional handwork methods, such as knit and crochet, for the handwork studio of Narberth, PA.


1994 – 1996
University Of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
BFA, Painting; BA, Marine Affairs

1992 – 1993
Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA
Environmental Sciences And Marine Affairs

1991 – 1992
Tyler School Of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
Painting & Ceramics

1990 – 1991
Parsons School Of Design And The New School For Social Research, New York, NY
Foundation Year Program

Professional Experience

Social Media Coordinator, FiberPhiladelphia 2012, Philadelphia, PA

New Courtland Fellow, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2008 – present
Curriculum Writer and Project Designer, The Handwork Studio, Narberth, PA

2007, 2008
Art Director, Day Jams, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Affiliations

2010 – present
Member, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008 – present
Member, Artist Equity, Philadelphia, PA

2009 – 2011
Member, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007 – 2010
Member, Northwest Artists Collective, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Exhibitions

do you sea, Milkboy Acoustic Cafe, Bryn Mawr, PA

heaven. and hell., Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Short Stories, The cARpeT Showroom @ Constantine, Philadelphia, PA

1997 – 1998
Recent Work from the Memory Project, Kavehaz Courtesy of Sai Gallery, New York, NY

Live it down, Gallery Alexie, New York, NY

Finding Family, The Fine Arts Gallery, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

The Journey, Gallery at B543, Philadelphia, PA

Give Shelter, Nichols Berg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Community Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Members Exhibit, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art for the Urban Collector, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Selections: Member Show, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

New Visions 4: Banks, Bleicher, Haims, Odiorne, The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts,
Reading, PA

The Tide Pool Project, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Kodiak, AK

Letters to Allens Lane, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Devotion, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper Rejects, little berlin, Philadelphia, PA

Side By Side, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artists Equity 60th Anniversary Exhibition, Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
Juried Exhibition

Summer Squash: Member Show, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Gone Fishin’: Northwest Artists Collective 4th Annual Member Show, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Sketchbook Project 3 Courtesy of Art House Gallery in Atlanta, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

On the Fringe of Fiber, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Looking for Love, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Small Works Exhibition, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008 – 2009
The Green Exhibition, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Northwest Artist’s Collective 3rd Annual Membership Show, Community Audio, Philadelphia, PA

Breaststrokes, The Cheltenham Arts Center, Cheltenham, PA

Musings on Nature
, The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2007 – 2008
Northwest Artist’s Collective 2nd Annual Membership Show, Community Audio, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works Exhibition, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1996 – 1999
Various Multi Media installations and exhibitions, Stephen Gang Gallery, New York, NY

Various Multi Media installations and exhibitions, SAI Gallery, New York, NY



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