Melaney Ann Mitchell


2013    BFA – Painting     Kansas City Art Institute    



Informality Blog                                                                                                                                                                     Kansas City, MO

Founder + Editor In Chief                                                                                                                                                          2013-present

PLUG Projects                                                                                                                                                                       Kansas City, MO

Co-Director/Curator                                                                                                                                                                       2016-2017

Subterranean Gallery                                                                                                                                                           Kansas City, MO

Director                                                                                                                                                                                           2013-2016


Group Exhibitions:

Run Riot — PLUG Projects Kansas City, MO — 2018

Cruel Optimism — Gallery 115 at the University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO — 2018

Reality — Leedy Voulkos Art Center Kansas City, MO — 2018
2018 Kansas City Flat File & Digital File — H&R Block Artspace Kansas City, MO — 2018

25th Annual Drawing Show — The Gig Economy: Depictions of Life and Responses to Work in the Digital Bazaar  — Boston Center for The Arts                                                                                                                                                                   Boston, MA — 2017

Open House - 3402 Harrison St.                                                                                                                            Kansas City, MO – 2017

Paintbrush Ball: Fundraising Exhibition - Marwen                                                                                                          Chicago, IL – 2017

Impact: Alumni Exhibition - Marwen                                                                                                                               Chicago, IL – 2017

Attach Files - 50/50                                                                                                                                                Kansas City, MO – 2017

trans_late - PLUG Projects                                                                                                                                     Kansas City, MO – 2016

2016 Kansas City Flatfile - H&R Block Artspace                                                                                                    Kansas City, MO – 2016

Made Fresh All Day curated by PLUG Projects - The Drugstore                                                                          Kansas City, MO – 2016

What Am I Looking At?    – Kiosk Gallery                                                                                                              Kansas City, MO – 2015

Year Zero – Parallel Gallery                                                                                                                                   Kansas City, MO – 2013

2013 Annual BFA Exhibition –H&R Block Artspace                                                                                               Kansas City, MO – 2013

Senior Thesis Exhibition– Dodge Painting Gallery                                                                                                Kansas City, MO – 2013

Undergraduate College Exhibition– Kansas City Artist Coalition                                                                         Kansas City, MO – 2013


Curatorial Work:

Lactobacillus Amongus: S.E.Nash                                                                                                                                                           2017

PLUG Projects -- Kansas City, MO                                                                                                                                                                      

TerraForm: Alexandra Phillips, Gillian Tobin and, Caleb Taylor                                                                                                              2017

PLUG Projects -- Kansas City, MO                                                  

The Models Origin: Beyond the Core                                                                                                                                                     2017

KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice -- Kansas City, MO

Future Human: Shelby Burchett (Goo Witch), Kevin Heckart, Thad Kellstadt, Anne Vieux, and Angela Washko                                2017

PLUG Projects -- Kansas City, MO

UN_Earthed: Sarabeth Dunton                                                                                                                                                               2017

PLUG Projects -- Kansas City, MO

You'll Never Be Younger Than You Are Today: Frank Abruzzese, Jonathan Apgar, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Matt Bollinger,

Kathy Liao, and Vera Iliatova                                                                                                                                                                  2016

PLUG Projects --  Kansas City, MO

Teaching and Learning: Jessica Kincaid                                                                                                                                                2016

PLUG Projects -- Kansas City, MO

Say I Am: Lauren Frances Adams, Caroline Wells Chandler, Pixy Liao, and Yvonne Osei                                                                   2016

PLUG Projects -- Kansas City, MO
Yoonmi Nam: Momentarily                                                                                                                                                                      2016

PLUG Projects --  Kansas City, MO

Traces and Trajectories                                                                                                                                                                           2016

La Esquina -- Kansas City, MO

The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever an installation by Amy Kligman                                                                                                 2016

Subterranean Gallery --  Kansas City, MO

Somebody’s Home: work by Juliana Noelle Lynn and Erin Dodson                                                                                                      2015

Subterranean Gallery  --  Kansas City, MO

Z-SPEC Michael Rose                                                                                                                                                                              2015

Subterranean Gallery -- Kansas City, MO

ENTERFACE work by Justin Beachler                                                                                                                                                    2015

Subterranean Gallery --  Kansas City, MO

[refresh] + [redraw] New Work by Eric Scrivner and Eric Fickes                                                                                                            2014

Subterranean Gallery --  Kansas City, MO

Kansas City FlatFile August Salon Wall                                                                                                                                                  2014

H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute --  Kansas City, MO

HOME // SPACE : New Work by R. Shrum                                                                                                                                              2014

Subterranean Gallery --  Kansas City, MO

Barred Meadows:  New Paintings by Rachel Gregor                                                                                                                             2014

Subterranean Gallery -- Kansas City, MO

Project 22:  An Exhibition Examining Community and Progression in a Digital Age                                                                            2013

Dodge Painting Gallery -- Kansas City, MO


Published Writings:

Informality: From Fleetwood Mac to BDW: Angela Dufresne Makes a Scene — October 2018

Informality: Meditation for Your Computer — September 2018

Informality: A love letter to a pillow — June 2018

Informality: Three Local Shows on Intention Setting in Late Capitalism — May 2018

Informality: Such Great Heights: The Potentials in Well Loved Ones and All Tomorrow’s Parties — March 2018

Informality: Home & Away: Diverging Approaches to Landscape with Philip Bakala and Emily Wilker — January 2018

Informality: A Conversation with Sean Starowitz About Artist-Run Community Catalysts --  November 2017

Informality: Dylan Mortimer on The Drugstore Studios and Connecting Faith Communities to the Arts — November 2017

Informality: Glenn North on Verbal Attack, and the History & Collaboration in Kansas City’s Spoken Word Community — November 2017

Informality: A Conversation with Caleb Taylor on the Polish and Perseverance of PLUG Projects — November 2017

Informality: Artist-Run KC: An Introduction Remembering Beginnings with Garry Noland — November 2017

Informality: Potential Spaces: Candida Alvarez, Cristina Muniz – September 2017

VICE The Creators Project: Essay: Open Space, Easy Living Creates Space for Thought in Kansas City – February 2017    

Informality: Keys and Codes: Corey Antis’ Works and Days – September 2016

Kansas City Collection: Catalog Essay on Warren Rosser — June 2016

Kansas City Collection: Catalog Essay on Patty Carroll — June 2016

Kansas City Collection: Catalog Essay on Sarabeth Dunton — June 2016

Informality: Surprise Ceramics in A Tisket A Tasket at Front/Space – April 2016

Informality: Guerrilla Docents: Shifting the Carnival (edited) – March 2016

Art Focus Oklahoma: Guerrilla Docents: Subverting the Carnival –  January 2016

Informality: All is Fair on the Flipside: a Conversation with Peregrine Honig – September 2015

Informality: Revisiting Past Through Drawing: an Interview with Jonah Criswell    –  September 2015

Informality: Art Hidden Beneath the Sugar Sweat: KC First Fridays –  August 2015

Informality: Blanket Undercover Uncovered: an Interview with Megan Mantia and Leone Anne Reeves –  August 2015

Informality: Why Are We Just Standing Here? Dean Levin at Bill Brady KC– July 2015

Informality: Hotel Art: An Interview with Madeline Gallucci – July 2015

Informality: #Awkward Addressing Discomfort thru a Social Media Lens– October 2014

Informality: Alongside The Outside of the Left Side of the Inside: An Interview with James Woodfill –  September 2014

Informality: More on its way in The West Bottoms from 50/50 KC – July 2014

Informality: Emily Kenyon and the American Dream – July 2014

Informality: Take Stock: The Artistic Dichotomy Forming in the West Bottoms – June 2014

Informality:  Short Review: Farstad and Donner Powerful Storytellers at Plug Projects – June 2014

Informality:  A Conversation With Jessica Borusky – April 2014

Informality:  First Friday Informal// Inform Review – April 2014

8&1/2 x 11: Can Artists Using Tumblr Learn Something from the Music Industry? –  March 2014

Informality: Write Now    –   February 2014

Informality: Tumblr Reblogging: We Can Own an Experience of Objects     –  May 2013

Informality: The Last Time I Made a Sim of Myself: Finding Ourselves Through Fictional Worlds – May 2013

Informality: iPhone Mementos: How the Camera Roll is Changing How We Recollect – May 2013

Alt Crit: How The Attention Economy of MySpace Fostered Scene Hair    – April 2013

KCAI PNTG: OK | KC : An Exploration of Midwestern Regionalism – April 2013

KCAI PNTG:  Alumni Feature: Molly Kaderka – April 2013

KCAI PNTG: A Strenuous Nonbeing: The Cat Video and Accessibility – March 2013

KCAI PNTG: If Only a Fool: Exhibition at City Ice Arts Building and Interview with Chris Daharsh – February 2013

Subterranean Gallery: Studio Visit With Amanda Gehin    – October 2012

Subterranean Gallery:  A Night With Archie Scott Gobber & Mike Erickson –  March 2012

Subterranean Gallery:  An Evening with Kate Hackman & Raechell Smith – February 2012

Subterranean Gallery:  A Night with Hesse McGraw & Josh Shelton – February 2012


Editorial Projects:

Managing Editor: ARTIST RUN KC                                                                                                                                                          2017

Catalog Editor: Against the Screen an Exhibition by Lynnette Miranda at La Esquina                                                                         2017

Catalog Editor: Sensible Disobedience an Exhibition by Lynnette Miranda at La Esquina                                                                  2016

Catalog Editor: Que Pasa, USA an Exhibition by Lynnette Miranda at La Esquina                                                                              2016                                         

Copy Editor: 8 ½ x 11” ISSUE 3                                                                                                                                                               2016

Senior Editor: Informality Blog                                                                                                                                                       2013-2018


Speaking Engagements | Teaching | Visiting Critic:

University of Central Missouri — Visiting Artist Panel Discussion Fall 2018

Kansas City Art Institute -- Visiting Artist -- Etching Elective                                                                                                      Spring 2018

Kansas City Art Institute Pre-College Art Lab — Life Drawing                                                                                                 Summer 2017

University of Central Missouri — Visiting Critic                                                                                                                           Spring 2017

Kansas City Art Institute — Pro Practice Lecture, The Writing Workshop                                                                                  Spring 2016

Kansas City Art Institute — Pro Practice Lecture,  Alternative Spaces                                                                                           Fall 2015


Awards | Grants | Residencies:

ARTIST INC: Kansas City                                                                                                                                                                         2017

Rocket Grant Recipient                                                                                                                                                                           2016

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship                                                                                                 2015

Charlotte Street Foundation Rocket Grant Editorial Program                                                                                                                2015

Arts KC Inspiration Grant Recipient                                                                                                                                                        2013

Chicago Artist Coalition Launch Invitational Residency                                                                                                                         2013



KCUR: Amid Kansas City's First Friday Festivities, Guerrilla Docents Try To Actually Talk About Art by Julie Denesha — June 2018

KC STUDIO Magazine: Jonah Criswell: Fallen Pictures” & “trans_late Group Show, PLUG Projects by Neil Thrun -- July 2016

Kansas City Star: Rocket Grant winner Melaney Mitchell wants to bring informality to art by Cindy Hoedel -- June 2016

Kansas City Star: Winners of Rocket Grants include projects about queer space, a socialist salon -- May 2016

Kansas City Pitch: Subterranean Gallery’s Melaney Mitchell prepares to move up and out by Liz Cook  – January 2016

Kansas City Pitch: Justin Beachler’s Enterface with the recent past at Subterranean by Tracy Abeln – February 2015 Kansas City Pitch: There's still plenty of First Friday in November by Tracy Abeln –  November 2014

Artspeak Radio:  ArtSpeak Radio Chats with Subterranean Gallery and The Hown’s Den –  July 2014

Cupcakes in Regalia: Young Women in Full, Across the Universe; Two Artists in Counterpoint by Blair Schulman –  March 2014

Kansas City Pitch: Layers, lairs and lords: your First Friday hit list by Tracy Abeln - March 2014

Kansas City Pitch: Subterranean Gallery's Ayla Rexroth: the exit interview by Scott Wilson - August 2013

Kansas City Star: Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum by Alice Thorson – February 2013