Jim Melcheret
Artist Biographical Information


1952 A.B., Princeton University
1957 MFA, University of Chicago
1961 MA, University of California at Berkeley

Academic Appointments

1961-65 San Francisco Art Institute
1965-92 University of California at Berkeley

Non-academic Appointments

1977-81 National Endowment for the Arts, Director, Visual Arts Porgram
1984-88 American Academy in Rome, Director


Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1961-62
Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship, 1964
Adeline Kent Award, San Francisco Art Institute, 1970
Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1973
Honorary Fellow, National Conference of Educators in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), 1978
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, San Francisco Art Institute, 1984
Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council, 1988
Award of Distinction, National Council of Art Administrators, 1989
Elected to Membership, The Century Association, 1989
Residency, Art/Industry Program, John Michael Kohler Art Center, 1990
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute, College of Art, 1993
Citation for Distinguished Service in the Visual Arts, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 1993
Award for Design Collaboration, Boston Society of Architects, 1995
Residency, European Ceramic Work Centre, Œs-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, 1990

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1968 Obelisk Gallery, Boston Gallery 669, Los Angeles
1969 Reed College, Portland
1970 San Francisco Art Institute Obelisk Gallery, Boston
1971 School of Art Institute, Chicago
1972 Gallery Reese Palley, San Francisco
1975 Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
1975 Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco
1977 Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago
1978 Galerie Fignal, Amsterdam
1981 Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1981 San Francisco Art Institute
1983 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
1984 Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco
1989 College of Notre Dame, Belmont
1990 Grey Gallery, East Carolina State, Greenville
1991 Kala Institute, Berkeley Century Association, New York
1991 Holly Solomon Gallery, New York
1992 Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia
1994 Revolution Gallery, Detroit
1995 Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco
1995 Revolution Gallery, Detroit
1996 Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco
1998 Revolution Gallery, Detroit
1998 European Ceramic Work Centre, Œs-Herogenbosch, Holland
1999 Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, CA
1999 Revolution Gallery, Detroit

Selected Group Exhibitions

1962 Work in Clay by Six Artists, San Francisco Art Institute
1963 Onze Sculpteurs Americains, Musee dı Art Modern de la Ville de Paris
1965 Slant Step Show, Berkeley Gallery, San Francisco
1965 Young American Sculpure- East to West, New York Worldıs Fair
1966 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpure, Whitney Museum of American Art
1966 Abstract Expressionist Ceramics, University of California at Irvine
1966 Twenty American Studio Potters, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1967 Funk Art, Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley
1967 The West Coast Now, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles
1968 The Wellington ­ Ivest Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1968 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Whitney Museum of Art
1969 The Spirit of the Comics, ICA, Philadelphia
1969 Objects USA, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
1969 Twentieth Century American Art, Rhode Island School of Design
1970 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art
1970 Attitudes, Brooklyn Museum Sounds as Sculpture,
1970 Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco
1972 Contemporary Ceramic Art,
1972 National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
1972 National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo
1972Documenta 5, Kassel, West Germany
1973 Video Verslag, Lignbaancentrum, Rotterdam
1974 19Artistsı Books, Groningen, the Netherlands
1974 The Biennial, Sydney, Australia
1977 California Painting and Sculpture, National Museum of Modern Art, Washington
1977 The Object as Poet, the Renwick Gallery, Washington DC
1977 Words at Liberty, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
1986 Sculpture from the Museum Collection, San Francisco MOMA
1987 The Precious Object, Oakland Museum
1991 Selections San Francisco Bay Area, The Drawing Center, NYC The Projected Image, San Francisco MOMA
1992 Five By Seven, Alfred University
1992 In the Spirit of John Cage, Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco
1993 Clay 1993: A National Survey, William Traver Gallery, Seattle
1993 Beyond Boundaries: Art of the 60ıs and 70ıs, San Francisco MOMA
1994 Drawing ı94: Explorations, Kutztown University
1995 Potent Matter/ Pertinent Material, betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago Art Institute
1996 Affinities, Jamie Walker, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco
1996 Hot Off the Press, United Kingdom
1997 Early Work, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York City
1997 Abstract Expressionist Ceramics Revisited, Garth Clark Gallery, NYC
1998 Regis Master Series, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis
1998 NCECA Fellows, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth