Melissa Sclafani

Melissa Sclafani
Assistant Professor of Art and Design & Gallery Director


  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Performance
  • Arts Administration


  • Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice, University of Colorado Boulder, 2018
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, State University of New York at New Paltz, 2009


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About Melissa

Melissa Sclafani joined the college in 2020. She received her BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz in 2009 and her MFA in Sculpture and Post-Studio Practices from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018. Ms. Sclafani’s work manifests in sculpture, installation, and performance often integrating all three together. She uses her background in traditional sculpture techniques, journalism, and gender studies to generate a relationship between labor intensive process, interaction, and social constructions. She is interested in creating work that sparks conversation, getting herself and the viewer to think more, talk more, work together, and hopefully, do more.  

Ms. Sclafani has managed arts residencies and non-profit arts organizations since 2010. She has participated in residencies and exhibitions across the country including Wayfarers in Brooklyn, NY; Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, MN; Salem Art Works in Salem, NY; The Contemporary Artist Center in Troy, NY; and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO.  She is currently getting ready for a residency at MoMAZoZo in Carrizozo, NM and a two person exhibition spanning both the Vision Gallery and the Chandler Museum next spring.

Selected Recent Solo & Two Person Exhibitions   

  • 2021 "Play Hard", Vision Gallery + Chandler Museum, Chandler AZ  
  • 2020  "Conflux", Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery, Grand Junction CO   
  • 2018  "Crowd Control", NURTUREArt, Brooklyn NY  

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions


  • Ransom 2, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Brooklyn NY  
  • Roadside Attraction, Multiple Outdoor Locations, Phoenix AZ
  • Artlink’s D’Core Gala, Park Central, Phoenix AZ  


  • Eleutheria, Cobra Flute Projects, Phoenix AZ  
  • Inspired by History, Chandler Museum, Chandler AZ
  • Mesa Prototyping Project Exhibition, Mesa ArtSpace Gallery, Mesa AZ
  • Expanded Impression, South Gallery, Longmont CO


  • Make it stick, don’t get stuck, , University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder CO
  • There. Here. Near., Museum of Boulder, Boulder CO