Artists: Melanie Brown and Nancy Pirri
Melanie P. Brown (b. 1972) is an exhibiting painter and teaching artist living and working in Chicago, IL. by way of Colrain, Mass. and Tulsa, OK. Melanie has performed live painting during collaborations with Ryan Ingebritsen, Jeff Yang, Eric Mahle, and the Ursa Ensemble. She also performs live painting regularly during concerts at Fulton Street Collective. A long time teacher and former program director at Lillstreet Art Center, Melanie has been painting and teaching for 19 years in Chicago alongside children and adults of all ages. Melanie holds a BA from Knox College in Galesburg, IL and an MFA in Painting from The American University in Washington, DC.
Nancy Pirri (b. 1963, Brooklyn, NY) is a working artist, focusing on ceramic figures, in Chicago, IL. She received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1985 studying studio art. She is currently represented by Blue Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Alma Art & Interiors, Chicago; Acquisitions of Fine Art, Hinsdale, IL, and Inner Haven Gallery, Grayslake, IL. Her studio is located at Lillstreet Studios, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 2nd Floor.