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Melinda Ring, Performance Artist

Ms. Ring received a B.A. in dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982 and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in 2001. She founded the performance company Special Projects in 2004. Recently, Ms. Ring’s work has been commissioned and presented by Headlands Center for the Arts, Danspace Project, the Kitchen, MASS MoCA, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, the Whitney Biennial, Mount Tremper Arts, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 2012–13 she was an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Gibney Dance Center, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space. She was the curator for Danspace Project’s spring 2011 Platform, Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective, and its fall 2012 Judson Now Platform program, Dance by Default. As a performer she has worked for artist Paul McCarthy on numerous projects, beginning in 1997 with Santa Chocolate Shop and continuing to the present. Ms. Ring’s project Forgetful Snow, a triptych comprised of two durational performances and an evening-length dance, was shown at the Kitchen, New York, in May 2014 and the Box, Los Angeles, in July 2014. She was appointed critic in sculpture at Yale in 2014.
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