Melissa Maddonni Haims


Fiber Art/ Sculpture & 3D

Artist's Biography

After attending a long list of East Coast art schools studying sculpture, painting and printmaking, her career began in New York City in the 1990s. Eventually, Life led her back home to Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Melissa's work has been shown in galleries and museums, and is held in private collections throughout the United States. In 2014 she was featured on an A&E network TV special about artists who make work out of unusual materials. She has been yarn bombing internationally since 2010.

Ms. Haims has been exhibiting at contemporary art fairs since 2011. During Art Basel Miami she was awarded the Tomorrow Stars prize at Verge Fair in 2011, and was invited to show public installations in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she was nominated for the Pulse Prize at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in New York City during Armory Week. She began building her curatorial resume in 2009.

Artist's Statement

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia. Using various fibers, she creates knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations using knitted and crocheted yarns. Additionally, she sews unconventional quilts using vintage fabrics and subversive text. The majority of her work is produced using recycled, reclaimed and rescued textile materials.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
Wrapped Up, The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
, Philadelphia, PA

The Foragers, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Featured by InLiquid, New York, NY

2014
In Retrospect: 10 Years of Fiber Arts by Melissa Maddonni Haims, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Spring Forward: Contemporary Fibers in Historic Homes, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Offering, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Purge, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Cold Comfort, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Heaven and Hell, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Short Stories, The Showroom, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Boxes, Kavehaz Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY

1997
Memory Dresses, Sai Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY

1996
Finding Family, Stephen Gang Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

Group
2017
Speaking of Fibers, Maryville University, Morton May Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Crafting Context, CraftNow, Art in City Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Fiber Squared, The Foundry, St. Charles, MO

The Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Art in the Age of Injustice, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Feminist Fiber Arts, Virago Gallery, Seattle, WA

Conversations, Philadelphia Sculptors, Legend Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2016
The Faces of Politics: In/Tolerance, The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA


Between the Threads, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Natural Threads, Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich, MA


By Hand, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA


Black Lives Matter, Gallery 51 at MCLA, North Adams, MA

2015
Bushwick Arts Weekend, Pop Up Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014
Art of the Quilt, The Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, PA

Four Corners, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Eco + Fashion, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Select Fair, Miami, FL

RENEGADE: The Mavericks of Fabericks, Rockwell Art Galleries, Ridgefield, CT

2012
Select Fair, Miami, FL

2011
The Journey, Gallery at B543, Philadelphia, PA

Give Shelter, Nichols Berg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Community Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
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

2009
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

2008
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

2006
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

Professional Experience

2011
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

Awards

2017
Trocaire Leadership in the Arts Award, Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Gwynedd, PA

2015
Pulse Prize, Nominee
, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

2014
Artist of the Year, Nominee, RAD Girls, Philadelphia, PA

National Book Award, My Favorite Friend, Blurb.com

2013
Best in Show, Fabrics + Fibers, Markeim Arts Center, Haddonfield, NJ

2011
Tomorrow Stars Award, Verge Fair, Art Basel Miami, Miami Beach, FL

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

Education

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

1992 - 1993
Sea Education Association, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Boston University, 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

1989
Moore College of Art + Design and Philadelphia College of Textiles + Science, Philadelphia, PA