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Melanie Manos

Janie Paul Collegiate Lecturer
Lecturer II

Photograph of Melanie Manos


Curriculum Vitae
  • MFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2008
  • BA, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 1999

Melanie Manos is a interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, print, sculpture and installation. Recent exhibitions include galleries and venues in Mechelen (Belgium), Los Angeles, London, Brooklyn, and Detroit. In 2013 Manos presented her work at Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin, WI, where she created and exhibited video and photographic collage ad-dressing the body and the built environment. Early 2014 Manos was an interdisciplinary Fellow at The MacDowell Art Colony, where she completed four video shorts sub-titled The MacDowell Series based on her response to the environs. Recent work also includes two large-scale outdoor video projections, for Dlectricity (Detroit), and The Not Yet, Site:Lab (Grand Rapids). Manos performed in and produced the videos, which were created using green-screen sets at the Duderstadt Video Studio. Manos’ performance art career began in 1990’s Los Angeles where she performed as a founding member of the duo Too Much Girl in venues as varied as public museums, private art schools, and punk rock clubs.

Manos collaborates with Stamps alumnae Sarah Buckius as The ManosBuckius Cooperative (The MBC), exhibiting multi-channel installation, photography, and video. Since 2007, MBC videos have appeared in video and electronic art festivals throughout the United States, and globally in over twenty cities and fifteen countries, including Brazil, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, England, France, Indonesia, Spain, Sweden and Australia.

Manos is an active member of the Detroit art community, serving on the Steering and Programming Committees of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Board of Directors for Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit and Summer in the City. She has curated and juried shows at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the Detroit Artists’ Market. She was also co-curator of the art collection for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals, with over 260 works including many by Stamps faculty and alumni.

Her work is in numerous private collections in Los Angeles and Detroit, and in the permanent collection of The Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College. She is represented by Re:View Contemporary, Detroit.