Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
- B.F.A., Sculpture, Western Michigan University
Melina Wilcox is the Coordinator of the Student Art Gallery at Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts. She received a BFA in sculpture with a minor in art history, with honors summa cum laude, from the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University in 2019.
In 2019 she was named the Presidential Scholar for the Gwen Frostic School of Art. She was awarded Art Star Awards in the Foundations and Art History departments in 2016 and 2019 respectively, a Merit Scholar Award in 2019, the Margaret Ward Award in 2017, and the Gwen Frostic Award in 2016.Her work has been shown at WMU in annual exhibitions for sculpture, printmedia, metals and jewelry, and in the juried Annual Student Exhibitions. She has additionally shown work at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, at the St. Joseph Box Factory, and in venues in Florence, Italy while studying abroad.
Wilcox is a visual and performance artist with a multidisciplinary practice encompassing, in part, installation, sculpture, dance, and video projection. Her work focuses on the nexus of sculpture and dance—the tactile sensation and bodily responses inherent in each discipline, nonverbal communication, and the potential for mark-making at points of contact.
After a life-long education in various forms of dance, her practice now concentrates on contact improvisation, exploring and delighting in the use of touch as a form of intuitive dialogue. She uses dance as a means with which to create and expand upon visual art.