Melissa Dorn 

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Melissa Dorn works between painting and sculpture. She draws from common everyday objects, things often over-looked or past by, as subject matter and infuses them with humor and expressive color. Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A practicing artist for 20 years, she is represented by Frank Juarez Gallery in Wisconsin.

Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, Mandel Group, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Select exhibitions include: Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art; Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art; Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.

Dorn is also active in the local arts community through her work co-chairing the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) advisory council and as a board director and previous lead artist for Artworks for Milwaukee. Her newest adventure is as co-managing director of Material Studios + Gallery, a space for artists to create, produce and develop their entrepreneurial practice.

Click here to hear her interview with Brainard Carey from WYCBX Yale Radio.

Past Exhibition

Mopping Up featuring new works by Melissa Dorn

January 6 - February 17, 2018

In 2015, Melissa Dorn began obsessing over mops.  Mopping Up, heavily influenced by industrial mop heads, comments on issues around labor, women’s work, and abstraction. The exhibition features drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as an altering of the gallery space.

Exhibition Catalog [link]

Artful Investigation interview, M Magazine [link]

Dorn transforms humble mop heads into paintings and sculpture, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [link]

Melissa Dorn 'Mopping Up' at Frank Juarez Gallery, Shepherd Express [link]

Yale University Radio interview w/ Brainard Carey [link]

Art: Mopping Up The World by Todd Mrozinski, Urban Milwaukee [link]


Available Works

To inquire, please call 920.559.7181 or email

To inquire, please call 920.559.7181 or email