Melinda Schawel    

Born 1970, Illinois, USA


1996   Postgraduate Degree, Fine Arts (Honours) in Printmaking, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.    

1993   BA, Fine Arts and Communication Studies (Honours), University of California Santa Barbara, USA.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Summertime in the Mountains, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2018   Boundless, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair with Wagner Contemporary, NSW

2018   Second Chances, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2017   Silver Lining, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT

2017   Higher Ground II, Hill Smith Gallery

2017   Higher Ground, Wagner Contemporary

2016   Protected, Flinders Lane Gallery

2015   Out From Under Me, Hill Smith Gallery

2014   Traverse, Flinders Lane Gallery

2014   Traverse, Artspace Mackay Regional Gallery, Qld

2012   Torn, Flinders Lane Gallery

2009   Full Circle, Flinders Lane Gallery

2006   Out of Touch, Flinders Lane Gallery

2003   Lingua Franca, Global Art Source, Zürich, Switzerland

2000   Recent Works, Flinders Lane Gallery

1999   Etched, Helengory Galerie, Prahran

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Paper: Cut, Stain, Fold, Press, Beaver Galleries

2018   Subterrain, The Organic Sublime, FLG POPup, Collins Place, Melbourne

2018   Art Central Hong Kong International Art Fair with Hill Smith Gallery, HK 

2017   Whyalla Art Prize, finalist, Country Arts SA, Port Adelaide & Adelaide Airport, SA

2017   Denfair, with Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne Convention Centre

2017   Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, finalist & People's Choice Award, PLC, NSW

2016   Works on Paper, Hill Smith Gallery

2016   Of Colour & Light, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford, VIC

2016   The Nillumbik Prize, finalist, Montsalvat, Eltham, VIC

2015   Magical, Neospace, Collingwood, VIC 

2015   Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, finalist, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

2015   Drawing: A Fundamental Liberation V, Wagner Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2015   The Nillumbik Prize, finalist, Montsalvat

2015   Roots & Wings with Belinda Fox, Beaver Galleries, ACT

2015   Direction Now, Wagner Gallery

2014   The Portrait Show, Flinders Lane Gallery

2013   The Nillumbik Prize, finalist, Montsalvat

2013   Grounded, Australian High Commission, Singapore

2012   Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, finalist, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2010   Four Squared, Gallery S.P.A.C.E., Savannah, GA, USA

2009   Obra Grafica Murtra Edicions, Collegid'Aparelladors, Barcelona (Mataró), Spain

2009   Four Squared, University Gallery, UNF, USA

2009   20Plus, Flinders Lane Gallery

2009   Paper Works, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA

2008   Surface Tension, Flinders Lane Gallery

2008   The Perfumed Garden, Flinders Lane Gallery

2007   Christmas Collection, Beaver Galleries, ACT

2007   50, Exchange Folio, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, VIC

2007   Masterworks in the Vineyard, Swiper’s Gully, Kangaroo Ground, VIC

2007   The Studio Show, Flinders Lane Gallery

2007   Pure, Flinders Lane Gallery

2006   Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery

2006   Melbourne Art Fair with Flinders Lane Gallery

2006   Meeting Place, Keeping Place, George Adams Gallery, Arts Centre, Melbourne

2006   Slowly, Slowly, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2005   Art Sydney 05, Sydney

2005   Up to Speed (2 person show with Belinda Fox), Beaver Galleries, ACT

2004   Ausstellung in der Kupferdruckwerkstatt, Zürich

2003   Del Mar, Kulturbüro Schaufensterprogramm, Bern, Switzerland

2003   Grafik und mehr, Galerie Vostry, Erfurt, Germany

2002   Works on Paper, Global Art Source, Zürich

2002   Land-line, Port Jackson Press Australia, Fitzroy    

2002   Crossroads, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, VIC

2002   Confluence, Warrnambool Regional Gallery, VIC

2002   Sojourn with Belinda Fox, Beaver Galleries, ACT

2001   Minutia, Exchange Folio, Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy

1999   7th International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney

Awards & Residencies

2016   Residency, The Art Vault, Mildura, Victoria

2015   Residency, Chiang Mai Art on Paper Workshop, Chiang Mai Thailand

2012   Residency, Whitsunday Anglican School, MacKay, Australia

2004   Residency, Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium

2002   Colour Intaglio workshop at La Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro, Mallorca, Spain

2002   Recipient of Pat Corrigan Artist’s Grant (NAVA), Australia

Fine Art Publishers

2006-7   Port Jackson Press Australia, Melbourne

2003-4   Murtra Edicions, Arenys de Munt, Spain


City of Casey (VIC) Address Downtown (Dubai, UAE), Norwegian Bliss (USA), Westin (WA), Crown Towers Perth (WA) Astral (NSW), Jupiters Casino (QLD), Sheraton (Vic), Fraser Suites Perth (WA), Hyatt (Phillipines), Hilton (Vic), Four Seasons (NSW), Stockland Development (NSW), Geelong Regional Gallery (Vic), Royal Museum of Fine Art Antwerp (Belgium), Frans Masereel Centre of Graphic Arts (Belgium), National Gallery of Australia (ACT), Artbank (NSW), Charles Sturt University (NSW), Phillips Fox Lawyers (ACT), Hilton (SA), Sebel Hotel (Vic), Hotel Causeway (Vic), Westin (NSW), Park Hyatt (Vic), Crown Casino (Vic), private collections in Europe, USA, Australia, Middle East, Asia.


Cousins, Kerry-Anne, Many Magical Ways to Use Paper, Canberra Times, 16-08-2019.

McKenzie, Helen, Under 10K, Sydney Contemporary special ed., Art Collector Magazine, 2018.

Davies, Bridget, Do More Art. INK, Laurence King Publishing Limited, London, UK 2019.

Grishin, Sasha, Melinda Schawel's Silver Lining exhibition at Beaver Galleries is attractive & charming, Canberra Times, 13-11-2017.

Dunnill, Anna, Higher Ground II, Art Guide, May/June Issue 2017.

McCulloch, Alex, The Arts Show, 100.7 FM radio program & podcast, 09-03-2017.

Gall, Naomi, Exhibitions Not to Be Missed, Art Collector Magazine, Jan-Mar 2017 Issue 79.  

Krysa, Danielle, The Jealous Curator blog Jul 2016.

Sweet, Sara, Artist Profile Magazine, Issue 33, 11-11-2015.

Grishin, Sasha, Two Unique Responses to Nature at Beaver, The Canberra Times, 5-6-2015.

Brown, Marguerite, Traverse,, 8-4-2014.

Walton, Natalie, Daily Imprint art & design blog,, 27-9-2012.

Hersh, Allison, Artists and Mothers Unite,, Savannah Morning News, 13-9-2010.

Hartford, Emily, Mothers Nurture Artwork, Spinnaker online, UNF news 24-9-2009.

McCulloch Encyclopedia of Australian Art, 4th Ed., Australian Art Editions, 2006.

Payne, Sean, Sign Language, Sunbury Arts Blogspot, 6-8-2006.

Lingua Franca – Kunst der Symbolik, Zürichsee Zeitung 10-9-2003, p. 10.

Waite, Di, Confluence & Crossroads, Imprint Magazine & Artists’ Catalogue, Winter 2002.

Barron, Sonia, Shared Themes in Works on the Landscape, The Canberra Times 15-2-2002.

Makin, Jeff, Choice Views, Herald Sun, 9-8-1999, p. 96.