Melissa McCaig-Welles is an independent curator and founder of McCaig-Welles Gallery, one of the first galleries to establish themselves in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From March 2000 to present, McCaig-Welles focused on mid-career, cutting edge artists, exhibiting their works in solo and group shows and art fairs around the world: including New York City, Miami, Chicago, Zurich and Cologne, placing the gallery on the global map and contributing to a burgeoning art community.
McCaig-Welles is recognized for her curatorial endeavors discovering contemporary art talent and placing it at the forefront of her programs, presenting artists recognized as pioneers of the new contemporary art movements including: James DALEK Marshall, Doze Green, FAILE, Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk, Tristan Eaton, ELLE, TRUSTOCORP, Andrew Schoultz, David Stoupakis, Greg Lamarche, SP ONE, FUTURA, among many others.
Reviews and articles of McCaig-Welles have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, The NY Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, The National Public Radio, New York Press, Juxtapoz, The New York Post, NY Arts, Art and Antiques, ArtNet, The Village Voice, The Wooster Collective, The Columbia Spectator, Paper Magazine, Nylon, and others. Melissa was honored as head curator for several Pratt MFA exhibitions and is a founding member of Fountain Art Fair.
Melissa McCaig-Welles has recently been honored by The City of New York as an elected judge on the 2013 NYC Curates Panel of Judges. Mayor Bloomberg announced Curate NYC in 2009 as part of a suite of initiatives designed to strengthen the City’s cultural sector.
She is currently working with her roster of artists in independent curatorial exhibits and an art consultant in NYC.