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

2018    Second Chances, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2017    Silver Lining, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT

2017    Higher Ground II, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2017    Higher Ground, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, NSW

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 Exhibition

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


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, Asia.


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.