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Melanie Parke grew up on a small horse farm in Indiana and received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989. Committed to expanding opportunities for fellow artists, she has been instrumental in initiating several artist-in-residence programs in the national parks since 1993. She helped spearhead the residency program at The Glen Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor, MI, and serves as chair for the Visiting Artist program at The Old Art Building in Leland, MI. She has hosted and curated many artists from around the country at her own artist retreat,The Provincial, an artist-run exhibition and project space that operated between 2005-2020. Melanie has a solo show opening in May at the Beth Urdang Gallery in Wellesley, MA. The Tea House is the title of her upcoming solo show in the fall at Meyer Vogl Gallery, in Charleston, South Carolina. Melanie has been awarded Visiting Artist positions at the American Academy in Rome in 2015 and 2018. She and her artist husband, Richard Kooyman, live and work in Arcadia, Michigan.