cicadaseason@gmail.com

Let's work together!  I love creating custom work and I'm excited to hear what you have in mind.

portrait commissions  -  Custom Soft sculpture  -  Group Exhibitions


 Watercolor painting while on vacation in the Badlands, 2015.  

Watercolor painting while on vacation in the Badlands, 2015.  

Melissa Sue Stanley has spent most of her life in the small towns of northern Illinois, surrounded by lightning bugs, creek-beds, and dandelions. She began studying drawing and painting as a teenager at local art leagues and figure drawing workshops, and continues this practice today. Her work is collected internationally and has been exhibited in galleries across the US.  

Melissa draws her inspiration from life and experience in the Midwest.  Memories of cicadas, storms, and endless fields are captured in mixed-media pieces that use all the tools in her studio. She also uses her work to explore themes of quiet magic and mystery - from bright garden kitchen-witchery to dark creatures lurking in the deep. All together, Melissa’s work is building a larger narrative about living a fantastical life in the modern world.  

Melissa lives and works with her partner, Max Bare, in Chicago, IL. Together they create comic books and murals, go for long walks with Rocko the wonderdog, and host the Chicago Drink & Draw Social Club.


upcoming EXHIBITS + EVENTS:

Duo Exhibition: With Max Bare. March 25, Rev Billy's, Chicago IL
C2E2 2018: Artist Alley, featuring new prints and the latest issue of Galaxy Hero for Revolution Brewing!
"Masks" Group Show: Strange Dreams Collective Show, May 2018. Thumbprint Gallery, CA

 

PAST EXHIBITS + EVENTS:

Murals:  keystone corners @ Soho House - January–February 2017 - Soho House, Chicago IL.  Collaboration with Max Bare.
Voodoo Hoodoo - February 22, 2017 - Baderbräu Brewery - Chicago, IL.
DINK 2017- Denver Independent Comic Con - April 8- 9, 2017 - Denver, CO
C2E2 2017 - Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - April 21 - 23, 2017 - Chicago, IL.   
Stitched 2 - A soft sculpture show - Co-curated with Lana Crooks - May 13, 2017 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
Sweet N Low - June 22, 2017 - Bedford Gallery - Walnut Creek, CA
Beasts of the Unknown - September 30, 2017 - Flower Pepper Gallery - Pasadena, CA
Trading Card Art Show - Deceber 2, 2017 - Gristle Gallery - Brookly, NY
Gift Wrapped - December 9, 2017 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY

Unicorn Show - December 3, 2016 - Gristle Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Dandelion Wine - Solo in the Side Gallery - December 9, 2016 - Rotofugi, Chicago, IL
Dual Personalities - December 10, 2016 - Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, I
Andersonville Arts Weekend - Featured Artist - October 14, 2016 - Foursided - Chicago, IL
Star Trek Show - September 2, 2016 - Gristle Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Woot Berries- Limited-edition collaboration with Woot Bear.  Releases August 12, 2016 - Woot Bear - San Francisco, CA
Artist Residency: FMK5x5 - August 8 - 13, 2016 - Fulton Market Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Art Gives Me Hope - April 14, 2016 - Revolution Brewing Tap Room - Chicago, IL
C2E2 2016 - March 2016, Chicago, IL.  Collaborated with Max Bare to create a comic book for Revolution Brewing, based on their brand character "Galaxy Hero".  Written by David Schneider.    

Patches & Stitches - July 3, 2015 - Light Grey Art Lab - Minneapolis, MN
The Nightmare in Wonderland Project, Part II - April 11, 2015 - Distinction Gallery - Escondido, CA
Sensual Chicago - Celebrating Chicago's Burlesque Performers - March 6, 2015 - Everleigh Social Club - Chicago, IL
The Bell Jar - March 12, 2015 - Ghost Gallery - Seattle, WA
Pancakes & Booze - February 9, 2015 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL

Gift Wrapped 2- December 13, 2014 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
BAN ART - 1-Year Anniversary Art Show - December 12, 2014 - 18th Street Brewery - Gary, IN
Common Threads  - November 14, 2014 - FOE Gallery - Northampton, MA
Pancakes & Booze  - July 19, 2014 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Portraits - March 7, 2014 - Studio 659 Gallery - Whiting, IN
9th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition - March 8, 2014 - Morpho Gallery - Chicago, IL
Curious Beasts - February 8, 2014 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY

Plush You 2013 - October 11, 2013 - Schmancy - Seattle, WA
Gift Wrapped - December 14, 2013 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
The Joke's On You- A Comedy Themed Group Show - August 9, 2013 - Starkweather Arts - Romeo, MI
Stitched - A Soft Sculpture Show - April 13, 2013 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
Saturday Morning Cartoons - April 6, 2013 - Comic Hero University - Fullerton, CA

The End is Near - December 15, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
I'll Be Right Back - A Horror Themed Show - October 27, 2012 - Tymeless Tattoo Gallery - Baldwinsville, NY
Adventure Time - A Tribute Show by OhNo!Doom - August 11, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
Septenary - A Selection of Seven Sculptors - July 7, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
Super Button Mashers - A Gamer Tribute - February 11, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL

Luv-able + Hug-able (+Wear-able!) - December 9, 2011 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY

Lost at Sea - May 6, 2010 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY
Luv-able + Hug-able - December 3, 2010 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY

Mortal Plush - I Am Not Your Toy - July 11, 2009 - Art Whino - National Harbor, MD
Plush You - October 12, 2009 - Schmancy - Seattle, WA
Stuff This III - December 5, 2009 - Rivet - Columbus, OH