Bonnie Melton
b. Lexington, KY


1996  Presidential Purchase Award, Guilford College Art Museum.    Geensboro,NC.1994

1994  Foundation Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. New York, NY.

1993  Fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council. Visual Arts: Painting.

1987  Painting Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts. Austerlitz, NY.

1983  Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Painting.

1981  Hobson Pittman Prize for Experimental Painting, PAFA.


2020   Front Burner:  Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. March 7 - July 26, 2020. Show extended until January, 2021 after Museum was shuttered due to COVID restrictions.

2020   Book Cover:  Joseph Donahue, The Disappearance of Fate, Sputen Duyvil, © Joseph Donahue

2019   MiddleLost, Online Literary Journal. Editor:  David Norton Need. Five painting images included.

2017   Lute & Drum, Issue 9. Online Literary Journal, Editors:  Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore, Seven painting images included.

2014  Loaded Objects  The Carrack Modern Art. Durham NC. Curator: Chris Vitiello. October 2014.

2014 Artspace Satellite Inaugural Exhibition. HQ Raleigh. April/May. Raleigh, NC.

2013  Paintings: Bonnie Melton  Horace Williams House. September 2013. Chapel Hill, NC.

2013  Independents | Paintings by Brett Baker, Mark Brown, Ashlynn Browning, Philip Lopez & Bonnie Melton examines the recent work of five of North Carolina’s most accomplished abstract painters. April 5 - June 2, 2013. Greenhill, Greensboro, NC.

2007  Land Work: Forms in Tempera, Oil & Clay Flywheel Design Gallery, Durham, NC.

2006  New Work  Gallery A, Louise Jones Brown Gallery. Duke University. Durham, NC.

2001  Homegrown  Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Winston Salem, N.C.

1996  Critic’s Choice  Duke University Museum of Art. Durham, NC. Critic: Kate Dobbs Ariail, Art Critic for The Independent.

1995  Bonnie Melton: Paintings  Raleigh Contemporary Gallery, Raleigh, NC.

1994  North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowships 1993/1994, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Winston-Salem, NC.

1993  Individual Exhibition, Durham Art Guild. Central Carolina Bank Gallery. Royall Art Center. Durham, NC.

1990  New Situation Paintings, Hanes Art Center Gallery. University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC.

1984  Solo Exhibition, Nexus Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.


1981   Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia, PA. Painting.

1977   Bachelor of Arts English, Guilford College. Greensboro, NC.

Numerous entries of participation in group shows are not shown here. Complete resume available upon request.