Mel Day is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working across a range of media including immersive video installations, painting, photo-based works, participatory projects, and performance. Typically durational in form, her work explores the important role of doubt, the instability of belief systems of all kinds, and the unknown. Day directs her focus in current work on the role of amateur singing in civic engagement, deepening dialogue among potentially insular groups. With the artist Michael Namkung, Day is building “Wall of Song”, a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which launched in Washington, DC and at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art on Inauguration Day and has been exhibited widely, most recently at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She recently curated “Love & Longing” at Root Division Gallery, SF.
Day is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally in venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco Film Festival, The Berlin Office in Germany, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, ZERO1 Biennale, and Peak Gallery in Toronto. Recent residencies include Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, Headlands Center for the Arts (Alumni New Works Award and UC Berkeley MFA Fellowship), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Schwandorf, Germany), and The Lab, SF. Other honors include San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts and the Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts from UC Berkeley. Day is currently a Visiting Lecturer at San José State University, previously at UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan College. She holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Queen’s University, Canada with a year’s study at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.