Melissa Potter

Special guest

Melissa Potter is a feminist interdisciplinary artist in Chicago. She has exhibited at venues including White Columns, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, as well as international film festivals including the Cinneffable and the Reeling International LGBT Film Festival. Through three Fulbright awards, ArtsLink, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Soros Fund for Arts and Culture, among others, she built two papermaking studios at university art departments in Serbia and Bosnia & Hercegovina, and collaborated with Georgian women felt artisans and activists through her project, Craft Power with Miriam Schaer. Potter developed research, documentary and advocacy projects with ethnographers and intangible heritage experts to protect, interpret and archive endangered women’s handicrafts and social customs. In Chicago, this work extends to the history of the Hull-House arts and crafts movement, and its contemporary influence in crafts media such including hand papermaking and artists’ books.

Potter is also a writer and curator. Her exhibitions include Social Paper with Jessica Cochran, and Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice with Neysa Page Lieberman. Her curatorial and recent hand papermaking projects, including Seeds InService with Maggie Puckett have been funded by the the Crafts Research Fund, Clinton Hill Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation and Project &, and the MAKER Grant.

Her critical essays have been printed in BOMB, Art Papers, Flash Art, Metropolis M, Hand Papermaking, and AfterImage among others.

She is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago and collaborates with artists in the medium of hand papermaking. She travels throughout the country teaching, lecturing, and conducting interviews.

Melissa Potter has been a guest on 1 episode.