Cathy Adelman
Jody Alexander
Eric Alstrom
Jeffrey Altepeter
Alicia Bailey
Kristin Alana Baum
Marlyn Bonaventure
Susan Collard
Melissa Jay Craig
Coleen Curry
Lesa Dowd
David Esslemont
Don Etherington
Madelyn Garrett
Stephanie Gibbs
Donald Glaister
Karen Hanmer
Roberta Hilbrandt
Deborah Howe
Andrew Huot
Jamie Kamph
Ellen Knudson
Deborah Kogan
Dorothy Simpson Krause
Monique Lallier
Amy LeePard
Sue Huggins Leopard
Emily Martin
Chela Metzger
Bonnie Thompson Norman
Bridget O’Malley
Todd Pattison
Jana Pullman
James Reid-Cunningham
Claire Jeanine Satin
Wilber "Chip" Schilling
Genie Shenk
Sarah Smith
Priscilla Spitler
Jessica Spring
Kathy Strother
Richard Troncone
Gerritt VanDerwerker
Peter D. Verheyen
Laura Wait
Shu-Ju Wang
Ellen Wiener
Rutherford Witthus
Stephanie Wolff
Pamela Wood

Home ⋅ Prev ⋅ Next: Coleen Curry

Melissa Jay Craig
Chicago, Illinois


Juror’s Entry

Cast and hand-shaped kozo, abaca, and flax; various dyes. Sewn to hemp cords. 9 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches, 23 x 14 x 9 centimeters. Created 2009.

Melissa Jay Craig’s handmade paper book works and sculptures are exhibited internationally; she also makes installation works. She has been involved with the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts since its beginning and has taught in Columbia’s Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA degree program since 1996, where she has been the full-time teaching artist-in-residence since 2001. Melissa holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded a Trustee’s Full Merit Scholarship and an Anna Louise Raymond traveling fellowship. Melissa has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including several consecutive residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and recent full fellowships at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, Catwalk, Jentel, and the Artists’ Enclave at I-Park. She is a current recipient of a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts studio residency and grant at Women’s Studio Workshop, where she will be working in the papermaking studio on a new series of works begun during a Columbia research grant to Scotland and the islands of Orkney and Lewis in 2008. Website at