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The Archive > 2000s: JOYCE MELANDER-DAYTON


The Rymer Gallery’s upcoming show, Joyce Melander-Dayton: Mid-Career Retrospective will feature 25 years of work by the Santa Fe-based artist. The exhibition will open on April 3, 2010 and run through April 24, 2010. The Rymer Gallery and UBS Private Wealth Management will host a private artist’s reception the following week. In addition, UBS will be donating Cumberland Blues by Melander-Dayton to The Tennessee State Museum where the artist will be an honored guest at the museum’s 2010 Tennessee Waltz Gala on April 10th.

Melander-Dayton creates contemporary textile works that pull from her childhood experiences in Asia, her love of music, and the workaday elements of her life. She began her career as a painter; her works, representational and hyper-realistic, were juxtaposed with strips of color and repetition. Moving on from this series of work, Melander-Dayton incorporated beadwork, embroidery, and weaving into her works, eventually leaving the confines of the canvas to create wall and table-top installations. Having exhibited in major cities around the world, Melander-Dayton will revisit Nashville where her work was featured in The Tennessee State Museum’s South by Southwest exhibition in 2004. The Rymer Gallery exhibition will guide the viewer through thirty-three selected works created over the past 25 years of Melander-Dayton’s career.

Jeff Rymer, owner of The Rymer Gallery shares his enthusiasm, “We are very pleased and proud to present a show of this breadth. We are excited that, as part of this extraordinary event, UBS has chosen to donate a significant work to the Tennessee State Museum so that Melander-Dayton will be part of the permanent collection.”

Lois Riggins-Ezzell, Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum states, “The State Museum is delighted that UBS has so generously donated one of Joyce Melander-Dayton’s works for our permanent

collection. The tactileness and absolute touchability of Joyce’s paintings remind me of Tennessee; a state, like her home state of New Mexico. Her abstract landscape of the Cumberland River honors and reveres Tennessee.”