• Prairie Dive

    Prairie Dive

    Prairie Dive, Solo Exhibition. Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
    September 18th - October 31st, 2020

    ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Prairie Dive, a solo exhibition of new stretched textile works and installation by Melissa Leandro in Galleries One and Two. The exhibition continues through Saturday, October 31, 2020. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

  • Frieze Viewing Room

    Frieze Viewing Room

    Chicago, IL, May 8, 2020 – ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce participation in Frieze Viewing Room, the online platform hosting Frieze New York 2020, with a solo exhibition of new work by Melissa Leandro. Originally scheduled to open in New York City in early May, the fair has been recalibrated as a web and app-based edition and runs from May 8th to the 15th, with VIP previews on May 6th and 7th.

  • Meet the Artist_Union League

    Meet the Artist_Union League
  • Remember Where You Are

    Remember Where You Are

    Depaul Art Museum, Chicago lL.
    September 12, 2019 – February 23, 2019
    Remember Where You Are presents work by four emerging artists based in San Antonio and Chicago who use performance, sculpture, and textiles to make visible untold narratives of heritage and place, while questioning practices of exclusion and erasure. Their works are informed by layering personal and public histories to imagine new methods for navigating the world around us.

  • The Patio

    The Patio

    Solo exhibition
    Ignition Project Space, Chicago lL.
    September - October, 2019


  • Threaded


    MCC Art Gallery, Mesa AZ.
    September 3 - November 8, 2019

  • Kantoor


    DeGroot Fine Art, Chicago, IL.
    September 13, 2019 - November 8, 2019 Reception Sept 13, 5–8pm

  • SOFT Opening:

    SOFT Opening:

    Opening:Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 5 – 8 pm
    Exhibition dates: Saturday, Jun 22 – Aug 31, 2019

    Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
    4912 N. Western
    Chicago, IL 60625

    Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is pleased to present SOFT, an exhibition of prints and textiles curated by Victoria Marie Barquin and Cassie Tompkins. In addition to exploring the shared appreciation for craft, repetition, imagery, and physicality between textile and print production, SOFT confronts the often gendered interpretation of the word by exhibiting works that are all at once emotive, graphic, skillful, and strong. This exhibition will feature artwork by Meg Roberts Arsenovic, Bukola Koiki, Melissa Leandro, Nicole Del Rio, Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi), Fraser Taylor, Cassie Tompkins, and Chris Williford.

  • Contratiempo Magazine

    Contratiempo Magazine

    Primavera 2019.
    Featured Artist Interview, Pages 22-23. Los Tejidos de Melissa Leandro by Esmeralda M. Guerrero

  • Time Share

    Time Share

    May 10 - June 14, 2019
    The exhibition Time Share makes reference to those dwellings with shared ownership as a lens for considering artist collectives like Monaco, and to engender a spirit of mutuality that is required in such communal spaces. The exhibition takes as its prompt the generosity of Sage Dawson, a member of Monaco, who has given her curatorial opportunity for this exhibition to take place. The artists featured in Time Share make work that parallel aspects of Dawson’s studio practice. Though each artist pursues divergent aspirations, common threads are seen throughout the work and include formal and material sensitivity, as well as reference to domesticity and architecture and an overall concern for the identity of space. Collectively, the works allude to a domestic-like setting that is necessary to instill a sense of community and reciprocity.

    2701 Cherokee Street
    Saint Louis, MO 63118
    Saturday 12pm - 4pm

  • 5 minute Drift

    5 minute Drift

    Solo Exhibition
    March 22nd – April 26th
    Reception: Friday, March 22, 6:00-9:00 pm

    Rockford University Art Gallery
    Clark Arts Center
    5050 E. State Street
    Rockford, IL 61108

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    3 - 6pm, or by appointment.

  • Art of the Neighborhood

    Art of the Neighborhood

    EQ Office and Franklin Lobby, Willis Tower, Chicago IL.
    Feb 11- June 30th, 2019

  • The Poetics of Relation

    The Poetics of Relation

    Curated by Sheridan Tucker

    Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

    Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
    35 E Upper Wacker Dr, Suite 2600, Chicago, IL, 60601, United States

    Open untill June 21st 2019

  • Nibble

    Ignition Project Space
    3839 W. Grand Ave. #1, Chicago lL.
    March 2-30
    Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9 6-9pm

  • Pen Incest Publication

    Pen Incest Publication

    With two central themes “Failed Masquerade” and “Shared Loneliness”, we invited 24 Chicago based artists to take part in this edition.

    Please join us in the launching of the first edition of Pen Incest.
    December 13th, 6 pm to 9 pm
    Gallery 062 (1029 W 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60609)

  • AfterGlow


    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Opening reception: Friday, November 2, 2018 6:00-9:00PM
    Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present AfterGlow, a solo exhibition by BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Melissa Leandro.

  • Through Her Eye

    Through Her Eye

    Sunday, September 23, 2018, 11AM–1PM

    Mana Contemporary exhibition in collaboration with ArtLeadHER and International Sculpture Center.

    Mana Contemporary Chicago
    2233 S Throop St
    Chicago, IL 60608
    T. 312.850.0555

  • By Way of the Matrix

    By Way of the Matrix

    Group Exhibition, Praxis Fiber Workshop
    September 7- October 28


    15301 Waterloo Road
    Cleveland OH

  • The Event of a Thread

    The Event of a Thread

    Heaven Gallery
    OPENING RECEPTION Friday Sept, 14th 7-11pm
    1550 N Milwaukee ave, 2nd floor
    Jeffrey Grauel, Noël Morical, Melissa Leandro
    Curated by Elizabeth Lalley

  • Ground Floor

    Ground Floor

    A biennial Exhibition of New Art from Chicago.
    September 9- November 11, 2018

    Hyde Park Art Center
    5020 S. Cornell Ave. | Chicago, IL 60615

  • Network of Escape

    Network of Escape

    Tile Blush Gallery
    Curated by Joseriberto Perez
    August 25 - October 7
    Opening reception: Thursday, September 13
    6:00 - 9:00 pm

    8375 NE 2nd Ave
    Miami, FL 33138

    Wednesday - Saturday
    11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    or by appointment

  • LVL3 Media // Artist of the Week Interview // Melissa Leandro

    LVL3 Media // Artist of the Week Interview // Melissa Leandro

    LVL3 Gallery and Media, located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. An artist-run space and online platform promoting creative talent from around the world, LVL3 Publication releases interviews covering a variety of cultural categories.
    Read full article: http://lvl3official.com/melissa-leandro/

  • Chicago Style Makers Edition, LUXE Magazine

    Chicago Style Makers Edition, LUXE Magazine

    June 2018 Artist Feature and Interview for LUXE Magazine,Design Chicago Style Edition.
    LuxeSource | Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. Explore the best in design. View the most comprehensive photo collection of luxury homes and connect with top design experts.Available in stores or through subscription.

  • Construction Season

    Construction Season

    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    9 East Ontario Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60611

    Featuring Artwork from Andrew Rafacz Gallery

    Samantha Bittman, Zachary Buchner,
    Robert Burnier, Caroline Wells Chandler,
    Cody Hudson, Jason Lazarus,
    Melissa Leandro, Wendy White

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  • Expansive Threads

     Expansive Threads

    Friday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m
    Latino Arts Gallery
    1028 South 9th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

    Curated by Edra Soto

  • Trop-i-cal Solo Exhibition

    Trop-i-cal Solo Exhibition

    Opening Reception:
    January 27th, Saturday

    Exhibition Dates: January 27th- March 18th

    Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago IL
    908 North Ashland Avenue
    Chicago IL, 60622

    Gallery Hours:
    Wednesday - Friday 12-5pm
    Saturday 12-4pm

  • 88th Members Exhibition at the Art Club of Chicago

    88th Members Exhibition at the Art Club of Chicago

    Show Info:
    The Arts Club of Chicago is located at 201 East Ontario Street, on the southeast corner of St. Clair and Ontario Streets.
    Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

    Gallery hours:
    Tuesday- Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

  • UNTITLED, Miami Beach

    UNTITLED, Miami Beach

    December 6 – 10
    Open to the public
    Ocean Drive and 12th Street.

    ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to participate in Untitled, Art, an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art.

    Presenting new works by:

  • ¡Vacilón Columnar! or A Party & Panel for Queer Columns

    ¡Vacilón Columnar! or A Party & Panel for Queer Columns

    Opening Reception 12/8/17
    6pm-7:30pm: Panel Discussion
    8pm-midnight ¡VaCiLóN! with DJ Madeline (WNUR)

    The Unsolicited Sideshow and Office Andorus Present: ¡Vacilón Columnar! brings to life Portland architect Andrew Santa Lucia's project "Outram meets Mamani in Miami" with an architectural fibers installation created in collaboration with artist Melissa Leandro, setting the scene for a proper Miami-style Vacilón dance party.

  • Next is Now

    Luminarts Fellowship Celebration
    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
    201 E. Ontario Street
    Chicago, IL 60611

  • Local Textures: Women Makers of Chicago

    Local Textures: Women Makers of Chicago

    Dark Matter Star Lounge
    2521 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
    Reception: Friday, November 3 at 7 PM - 10 PM

    Exhibition dates: Nov 3rd- Dec3rd

  • The Weaving Mill Open Studio

    The Weaving Mill Open Studio

    August 31st, 5-8pm

    Residency Projects and Workshop presentations with Envision Studio

  • WORK IN PROGRESS: Chicago Artists Coalition's Annual Benefit

    Thursday, May 18
    VIP Reception: 5:30-7pm at CAC (217 N. Carpenter St)
    Main Event: 7-11pm at Venue One (1034 W. Randolph St)

    Auction link: paddle8.com/auction/cac/

  • Visual Arts Exhibition_ Luminarts Fellowship

    Time/Date: 5:30 - 7pm (Tuesday 5/9)
    Location: the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W Jackson. (The reception is open to all, but please note that the Union League Club's dress code specifies no denim / no gym shoes).

  • Passing & Crossing

    Passing & Crossing

    2017 MFA Show Panel
    Friday, May 5, 2017
    5:00pm-7:30 p.m.
    Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St. 7th floor

    Continuing the dialogue, SAIC Arts Administration graduate student Libia Bianibi will lead artist panelists Oscar Gonzalez Diaz, Nuria Montiel, and Melissa Leandro in a discussion on the appropriation of craft and culturally-specific motifs in contemporary art.

  • MFA Show

    MFA Show

    Public Reception
    Spring 2017 MFA Show
    April 29–May 17
    Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
    SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

  • Topographical Drift

    Opening Reception: March 17th , 5-8PM
    March 17 - April 29, 2017

    CHICAGO IL 60607
    SATURDAY, 11-5

  • ¿Qué Pasa, USA?

    ¿Qué Pasa, USA?

    Curated by Lynnette Miranda
    OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 18, 2016, 6-9PM
    la Esquina / 1000 W 25th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64108
    November 18, 2016 - January 7, 2017

  • New Work Exhibition

    Friday, September 23 at 6 PM - 9 PM
    SAIC Sullivan Galleries
    33 S State St., 7th floor, Chicago, Illinois 60603

  • The Annual: in Showroom

    Opening Reception on Sep 16th, 7-9PM
    Exhibition Dates: September 16th-29th

    Chicago Artists Coalition
    217 N Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607

  • DOCK 6 Collective, Design and Art Series #9.

    2100 N. Major Avenue, Chicago IL
    Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11th, 2016
    Guest Galleries, Efrain Lopez Gallery: Melissa Leandro

  • 2nd Young Textile ART Triennial-YTAT 2016

    2nd Young Textile ART Triennial-YTAT 2016

    May (9th) at 5 p.m.
    The Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, Piotrkowska Street 282.

  • ArtForum

    “Present Standard” Review, CRITICS' PICKS

  • Panel Discussion Present Standard exhibition.

    Gallery Talk with Artists: Ivan Lozano, Melissa Leandro, Alberto Aguilar, Sofia Moreno and Dianna Frid
    5:30 PM-6:30pm
    Chicago Cultural Center
    Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Fl North)

  • Present Standard

    Opening Reception with the Artists: Saturday, January 30, 2-4pm
    The Chicago Cultural Center
    Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor
    78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

  • [But Three's A Crowd]

    Opening reception: September 11 2015 6-9PM
    Efrain Lopez Gallery
    1620 w Chicago Ave Suite 304, Chicago IL 60622
    September 11, 2015 - October 4, 2015

  • Mom & Pops

    Family Business in Art and Life
    Arts Incubator
    University of Chicago
    Opening reception: July 17th 6-8pm
    July 17th -Sep 11th

  • Recuerdos de Un Paseo

    Recuerdos de Un Paseo

    Winner of the 57th Annual Beloit and Vicinity.
    Solo exhibition, Recuerdos de un Paseo
    (Mementos From a Walk)

    Date: June13 - August 2nd
    Wright Museum of Art
    700 College Street
    Beloit, WI 53511

  • Visual Arts Exhibition, Luminarts Cultural Foundation

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
    2nd floor Main Lounge Club of Chicago
    65 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago IL, 60604

  • Dimensions of an Artist Grant Exhibition

    May 4-14th
    Leroy Neiman Center
    37 s Wabash ave, 1st floor
    Chicago IL, 60603

  • Over Under: Lula Walls

    Over Under: Lula Walls

    Winter 2015
    Reception: March 10 from 6-9.

  • Pequenos Pasos_Solo Exhibition

    August- November 2014

    Intelligentsia Coffeehouse
    53 East Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60602
    (312) 920-9332

  • Transcending Boundaries

    September 19- November 7, 2014
    Opening Reception: Friday, September 19 7-10pm

    Fourth Floor Gallery
    1200 w 35th Street Chicago 773.247.3000
    Bridgeport Art Center

  • Explosiones Locales. (Locale Explosions) Solo Exhibition-Melissa Leandro

    Explosiones Locales. (Locale Explosions) Solo Exhibition-Melissa Leandro

    September 6th, 2014

    Autotelic Studio
    1856 n Richmond st, Chicago IL 60647

  • 57th Annual Beloit and Vicinity

    Wright Museum of Art
    June 14th- July 25th

  • The Lilliputians March

    Purdue University Galleries
    March 10- April 26 2014

  • 2014

    One Foot x One Foot.
    VP Fiber Arts Club. University of Missouri, Columbia
    Opening 2/3/14

    Small Works Exhibition
    National Association of Women Artists. New York, NY.
    Opening 2/5/14

    “Lilliputians March” Small Works Exhibition. Purdue University Galleries. West Lafayette, Indiana.
    March 10 - April 26, 2014

    New Work-Woman’s History Month. Sulzer Regional Library. Chicago IL. {Artist Talk}
    March 2014

    FLY, Flag Installation. Gallery 400, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    January 17 2014