Gallery owner Monique Meloche

Episode Forty-Three features Monique Meloche. She founded her eponymous gallery in Chicago’s West Loop in 2001 with an international roster of emerging artists working in all media. Her programming has been diverse and inclusive since its inception, and the gallery continues to be a bellwether for artistic talents early or under-recognized in their careers like Rashid Johnson, Amy Sherald, Ebony G. Patterson, Sanford Biggers and Brendan Fernandes. She has consistently presented conceptually challenging programming in Chicago and at art fairs internationally with an emphasis on institutional outreach.

Canadian born Meloche holds a BA from the University of Michigan, and Masters of Art History and Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She spent six years at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as an assistant curator, then went on to direct both Rhona Hoffman and Kavi Gupta galleries before striking out on her own and will celebrate the gallery’s 20th anniversary in 2021.

The Monique Meloche gallery will feature six artists during the ‘OVR: Miami Beach’, Art Basel’s upcoming Online Viewing Rooms initiative running December 2-6, 2020

Below are links to the gallery website and recent article/interview for the 6 artists.

Monique Meloche –

Candida Alvarez –
Sanford Biggers –
David Antonio Cruz –
Maia Cruz Palileo –
Ebony G. Patterson –
Cheryl Pope –

Images from the Monique Meloche Gallery ‘OVR: Miami Beach’, Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms initiative running December 2-6, 2020

A favorite painting ~ Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Watts’

Candida Alvarez – Licking a Red Rose (2020)
acrylic on linen
84 x 72 in.

Sanford Biggers – Untitled, 2020
antique quilts, birch plywood, gold leaf
38 x 26 x 14 in.