Melanie Carr

Visiting Artist for ECoCA A.I.R. 19


Melanie Carr, artist and owner of Melanie Carr Gallery in Essex, CT will be serve as ECOCA A.I.R. Visiting Artist this summer. She will conduct individual studio visits with the nine artists who have be selected to participate in 2019 artist workspace residency at ECOCA.


SUMMER EDITION   July 1 - August 25

ECoCA is proud to introduce its third A.I.R. workspace program which reinforces our mission to reaffirm Grace Ely’s testamentary wishes for an art center where artists, arts organizations and the public assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practice.

Artists and collectives each occupy a room in the John Slade Ely House Galleries, a 1905 English Elizabethan style house, to produce work that includes film, painting, illustration, video and social practice. Special programming will be announced throughout the month—studio visits, workshops, panels, conversations, screenings, and other pubic events—all driven by the artists-in-residence.

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Melanie Carr is a Connecticut based artist, educator and gallerist. Carr received her MFA from the College of Art and Design at Lesley University in 2011 after serving in the United States Navy. Carr spent over 10 years at the New Britain Museum of American Art in various roles including Curator of New Media. She is now Adjunct Professor at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut where she teaches drawing and foundations.

In 2017 Carr opened a thriving gallery, studio and project space in Essex, Connecticut. The Melanie Carr Gallery presents thoughtfully curated exhibitions by artists and curators, and provides a space for artists to realize projects and showcase their work. Additionally, Carr works with the Founder & Executive Director of the Five Points Gallery in Torrington in a development capacity.

Carr’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Soapbox Gallery, NY, Stockman Gallery, New Britain, CT, City Arts on Pearl, Hartford, CT, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, and Pegasus Gallery, Middletown, CT. In addition, Carr’s work was included in numerous exhibits that include The Point, United Kingdom, Gibney Dance, NYC, Gallery Aferro, New Jersey, The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Mattatuck Museum, CT, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, CT, and Herter Gallery, MA.

Marsha Borden

Dymin Ellis

“I stand firmly for the liberation of Black and brown people, and queer people, and I use artwork as form of activism and revolution against the systems that oppress these communities. As a spiritual person, my art currently focuses on the inter-generational trauma of Black people. I aim to address specific traumas and their effect on the individual Black body as well as its effect on the Black community in the collective sense. I also illustrate methods of healing — holistic and spiritual healing — curated for Black endurers of trauma. I employ my knowledge as a certified Reiki healer and self-taught energy worker in my artwork.

My most recent project will focus on reclamation of space. Centering Black, queer people and their experiences, I’m working on seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, and tasting Black people in places we are typically not welcome or invited in. Places others usually don’t see us. This project will use mediums like photography, music/sound, videography, and culinary art.”

Jennifer Florio

ArtGuy Pat

Janet Warner

Leah Caroline

Cristina Sarno

Saron Garnes

“I’m an artist and organizer based in New Haven. I’ve been doing community organizing work since I was 16 (22 now) and have been making art since before I can remember. I took a short break from art because I needed to reimagine my relationship with it - since then I’ve decided that I really need to explore arts cultural functionality. So a lot of my work is interdisciplinary, layered, and FUNKY, with a desire to disrupt secular mythology as well as play with a healthy dosage of dissent!”

Stephanie Lush-Mastriano