About Elsa María Meléndez
Printmaker and creator of installations. Studied at University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities with a major in Fine Arts in 1997. In 1999 she fulfilled independent mural painting studies with Brenda Alejandro. In the summer of 2005 she participated in an Exhibit Design Workshop from the Smithsonian Institute at Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. She has taught Drawing and Print Workshops to children and adults. In 2006 she won First Prize in Print at Certamen de Artes Plásticas of Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in 2010 was one of the recipients of the Becas Lexus from that year. From 1999 to 2006 she was Exhibits Coordinator and member of the Exhibitions Evaluation Committee at Museo de Arte de Caguas, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, where she currently works as Curator. Since 2003 she has been part of the Organizing Committee of the Bienal de Escultura en Concreto of Municipio de Caguas. She is known for her boxes with characters made with graphic displays, embroidery sewn and which, according to the scene, tell a particular story. Artsy Magazine has reviewed her work recently in the article “11 Artists Using Embroidery in Radical Ways”. This year, Meléndez work was included in the exhibition, “Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico”, that took place at the New Comb Art Museum of Tulane University in New Orleans.