Melinda McDaniel

Artist Bio

 Photographs appear to me in pieces. When I attempt to consider a singular image that I have seen on a given day, I am left with a mix of visual information that amounts to static. I am interested in quieting and containing this static. I dissect photographs to extract their important parts. These are remixed and reorganized into works that conceptually describe the abundance of imagery in the world, or for purely aesthetic reasons. Other works volley for a quiet opposition to the constant flux of imagery that we experience in the visual currents of our day to day. I use unexposed photographic paper to create minimalist sculptures. A subtly is suggested that asks for a careful eye. Through calculated grace, light sensitive paper is filled with latent images. These images are revealed only through the shifts in color from exposure to light in a space over time.  I believe that photographic images are constructed the same way that buildings are built. Time, light, and forms are structured within a space with honest precision. I apply this thinking to my work. My photographs and photographic processes are abstracted to explore the dimensionality of images that extend off of the wall and into the viewing space. When delicately combined with other materials, like wood, thread, pins and vellum, image is both seen and unseen. I want my images and their forms to be walked around, experienced beyond a singular plane, and question how else image can be.




Master of Fine Art, Photography                                                      2004                                                      

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art, focus in Photography           2001

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida



Spare Parts                                                  2012

Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY

Melinda McDaniel                                        2009

Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

Absence | Presence                                      2004

The Clean Space, Columbus, OH



Perceptions: Art + Design Faculty Exhibition   2014

Opalka Gallery, The Sage College of Albany

An Armory Show                                          2013

 Opalka Gallery, The Sage College of Albany

A Fine Line                                                  2013

Albany Public Library, Pine Hills Branch, Albany, NY

So To Speak

Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY


More or Less: Art on the edge of excess and austerity             2012

Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY

Inosculation a curated alumni exhibition

Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH


Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

More or Less

Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY

Photography: New Work

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

The Other Side: Fernando Orellana and Melinda McDaniel

Milavec Hakimi Gallery, New York, NY

Paper Anniversary

View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY

So To Speak

BRIC Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY

Double Reverse

TNC Gallery, New York, NY


Back to School                                                  2011

Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY

Paper Works

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, NY

Thread, Pixels, Paper: Melinda McDaniel, Katherine Zexter, and Katherine


Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

The Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op

Traveled to multiple U.S. locations throughout 2011


POLAROIDS: William Wegman, Mark Beard,                 2010

Tanya Marcuse, John Dugdale, Jeri Eisenberg, and

Melinda McDaniel            

Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

Red Dot Art Fair, Carrie Haddad Photographs

New York, NY

2009 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region                  2009

University Art Museum, University at Albany, The State University of New York


The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

31st Annual Photography Regional

Opalka Gallery, Russell Sage College, Albany, NY

Mutatis Mutandis: Appearance and Identity

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY

New Evolutions: Ingrid Ludt and Melinda McDaniel

Saratoga County Arts Council, Saratoga Springs, NY


Union College, Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady, NY




• “On exhibit: ‘So To Speak’ at the Arts Center of the Capital Region,” Times Union, February 6, 2013, Amy Griffin

• “More or Less a satisfying survey of excess and austerity,” Times Union, September 5, 2012, Amy Griffin

• “Beyond the Camera: Influences and Process,” Afterimage, August 2012, Lucy Bowditch

• “’Paper’ products,” Times Union, July 31, 2011, Amy Griffin

• “A photographic cut-up,” Times Union, June 30, 2011, Amy Griffin

• “Polaroid exhibition at Carrie Haddad Photography celebrates art of a former popular medium,” Times

    Union, May 13, 2010, Tim Kane

• “Best of 2009,” Metroland, December 31, 2009, Nadine Wasserman

• “Photos reframed,” Times Union, October 1, 2009, Tim Kane

• “Local Vision,” Metroland, April 2, 2009- April 8, 2009, Nadine Wasserman

• “Mutatis Mutandis: Appearance and Identity” Catalogue, January 16- March 22, 2009, Rachel Seligman,


• “SNAP!” Catalogue, July 10- September 28, 2008, pages 2; 14-16, Rachel Seligman, Curator

• “A Grand Show”, Metroland, May 31-June 6, 2008, Shawn Stone



• Strategic Opportunities Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts      2009

• Individual Development Awards Program, University at Albany, State

University of New York

• Strategic Opportunities Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts      2008

• Vermont Studio Center Residency and Fellowship, Johnson, VT 2007



• Northeast Regional Society for Photographic Education Conference   2012

• The College of Saint Rose, Department of Fine Arts, Foundations

• Schenectady Photographic Society                                                  2011



Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York

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Installation, Albany NY




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