Melinda Smith Altshuler
Los Angeles-based artist Melinda Smith Altshuler approaches her practice as a way of taking notes and communicating. She employs translucent materials such as stained tea bag papers and paint mediums, as well as appropriated objects, choreographed installations, and sculptural forms. The juxtaposition of materials and meaning echoes immigrant histories while calling into question our political and environmental climate.
Altshuler has had solo exhibitions internationally at Valerie Vorres Gallery in San Francisco; Bandini Gallery in Culver City, California; Palazzo Dei Consoli Gubbio in Italy; and has participated in the Jerusalem Biennale. Altshuler’s work can be found in museums and private collections. She attended Cal State University Northridge, UCLA, and Art Center, studying both art and anthropology; worked in advertising; and has taught studio arts at middle, high school, and university levels. She has served on the boards of arts organizations such as SITE, an artist-run non-profit organization; Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI); and is an associate at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry with founding director Lise Patt, PhD.