Pete and Melanie and their two sons live in Eugene, Oregon, following unsuccessful attempts to settle in large and small communities across the U.S. They’ve been married since 1996, have been working together on creative activities for over 30 years, and are still on speaking terms, as of this writing. They both love teaching art and working with kids, but they get tired and often need to take breaks.
For the past several years, Melanie and Pete have been focused on public art projects. These have included a variety of media: painted murals, metalwork, concrete, terrazzo, glass, graphic design, and sculptural installations with recycled plastics, textiles, and other materials. They often collaborate with other people who know how to build things properly.
Pete received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. Since then, he has exhibited internationally, with solo shows in Chicago and Los Angeles. His work has been featured in publications ranging from Art in America to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Melanie is a recovering musician. Having been raised in a family of visual artists, she’s giving it a go herself now. Melanie received her Master’s in Early Music Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1998. As a singer, she recorded and performed works ranging from the medieval through the contemporary, touring extensively, and earning awards in the U.S. and Europe. She also worked as a graphic designer for 20 years, producing visual materials for classical music organizations throughout the country. She’s proud of some of that stuff, but she could tell you a few stories.