Melinda McDaniel

In Melinda McDaniel's work, photography becomes part of a much more expansive process resulting in an array of objects from collage to sculpture. Photographs are deconstructed then reconstructed again, remixing their original content to produce a new, and often surprising meaning. Unexposed photographic paper is exposed to light perhaps for an hour, perhaps a day, capturing something of its time and place, only to be shredded, torn, sliced or somehow fragmented, and ultimately reconfigured into elaborate sculptural objects. The work concerns itself with the nature and implications of image making, often in relation to the Self. This highly personal exploration is then communicated using a vocabulary closely akin to minimalism. McDaniel’s work is both provocatively conceptual and powerfully aesthetic.


Other works


Swimming Pools


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