Melanie Kozol

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Lecturer Interior Design, Continuing and Professional Studies 718.636.3630 p Brooklyn Campus, Pratt Studios 2

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The School of Visual Arts, MFA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Connecticut College, BA
Westminster College, Oxford University


Melanie Kozol is an American painter and educator specializing in painting, drawing, and color. Kozol is known for her evocative paintings of the natural world. She looks for archetypal formations in the environment to explore light, color, and atmosphere. Kozol probes the boundaries between representation and abstraction while remaining firmly rooted in the world we know. Working from 'plein air' studies, photographic documentation, and memory, Kozol re-imagines the environment through the painting process. Her landscape paintings and drawings are infused with memory and the experience of being in nature. Melanie Kozol received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BA from Connecticut College. She was awarded an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship for Painting, a Skowhegan Drawing grant at NYSS and the Bill Prize at Connecticut College. Kozol has been a fellow at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY; Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA; and the Clipperton Project, North Sea, Scotland.