2016

MUSE-INGS: Snapshots of the Arts District and the South Bay
Saturday, January 16 thru Sunday, February 27, 2016

Arts District Co-Op Gallery @ 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

This solo show features over 50 new and popular images of the Arts District and the South Bay by Melissa Richardson Banks.

2015

MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the South Bay
Saturday, November 21, 2015 thru Sunday, January 10, 2016

Gus Gallery @ 209 Ave. I, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The solo exhibit featured 35 images of the South Bay by Melissa Richardson Banks.

WATER: A Necessary Conversation
Saturday, November 14 thru Saturday, December 5, 2015

Avenue 50 Gallery @ 131 N. Ave. 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Organized by the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art with assistance from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, this exhibit featured abstract and representational artworks by 20 contemporary artists, including Melissa Richardson Banks.

THE POWER OF ART
Friday thru Sunday, October 16-18, 2015

Redondo Beach Public Library @ 303 Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Curated by Redondo Beach Art Group, this 10th annual group art show included works by 60 South Bay artists, including Melissa Richardson Banks.

FALL 2015 BREWERY ARTWALK
Saturday thru Sunday, October 3-4, 2015
Jesus Wall Gallery @ 600 Moulton Ave., #205, Los Angeles, CA 90031

This semi-annual show featured photography by Melissa Richardson Banks, Kevin Break, and Jerico Woggon; paintings by Kristine Augustyn, Angela Dyon Harris, Menso One of The Seventh Letter, Patti Lou Richardson, Glenn Waggner; and handcrafted designer lamps by Peri Shefik.

ODE TO 6TH STREET BRIDGE
Wednesday, September 9 thru Saturday, September 19, 2015

Art Share L.A. @ 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Co-curated by Dale Youngman and Tanner Blackman, the exhibit features over 70 renditions by more than 45 local artists of the iconic, historic architecture slated for demolition over the coming months (and to be later replaced by a reimagined new structure).

MY LA Photography Show
Saturday, September 5 thru Saturday, September 26, 2015
The Hive Gallery & Studios @ 729 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Over 20 Los Angeles photographers, including Melissa Richardson Banks, share what their LA looks like through their lens in this group photography show “MY LA” curated by Michael Rababy.

BEDLAM REUNION SHOW
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Art Share L.A. @ 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Over 50 artists in Los Angeles and beyond donated more than 65 works for sale during this event. Proceeds from art auction sales, along with donations, will support financial needs of gallerist and art advocate Jim Fittipaldi who recently underwent costly heart surgery.

CA 101 2015
Friday, July 31 thru Sunday, August 9, 2015

AEG Redondo Steam Station @ 1100 N. Harbor Dr.Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Curated by Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, this 4th annual exhibit featured paintings, mixed media works and installations, assemblages, sculptures, and photographs by 127 California artists, including Melissa Richardson Banks, selected from nearly 1,200 submissions statewide. 

INSTAGRAM JAM
Saturday, April 11, 2015

LOT 613 @ 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

An official event of MoPLA's annual Month of Photography Los Angeles, this iteration of the Lucie Foundation's popular Instagram Jam (originally conceived by photographer Shaughn Crawford)  featured 20+ Instagram sensations worldwide, including Tasya van Ree @tasyavanree and Melissa Richardson Banks.

¡VETERANO! CARS presented by Frank Romero
Saturday, April 16 thru Sunday, June 14, 2015
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center @ 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833

Paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, and other artworks chronicle fascination with the automobiles of a generation's youth and the transformations of contemporary production cars into vehicles of cultural identity. Featured artists included Melissa Richardson Banks, along with pioneer Chicano artists of Los Angeles. Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, Frank Romero, Carlos Almarez, and other "veteranos" of the Chicano art movement .

SOUTH BAY SNAPSHOTS
Sunday, April 19 thru Saturday, June 6, 2015
Phantom Galleries L.A. @ 12609 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Local photographers displayed images depicting daily life in the South Bay, including Melissa Richardson BanksJon BerryArlene P. Carley, and Richard Podgurski.  Curated by Martha De Perez and hosted by Liza Simone of Phantom Galleries L.A., this exhibit was a featured event of Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) presented by the Lucie Foundation

2014

PRINTEMPS SOIRÉE: Art Show
Friday, May 2, 2014
Jonathan Club • Downtown Los Angeles @ 545 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90071

Organized by Shahla Reynolds, this spring art show featured paintings, photography, prints, and sculpture by Steven Barger, Marcel Bastiaans, Don Crocker, L.D. Eller, Martha Greiner, Jack Jasper, Bonnie Lambert, Rita Lee, Shahla Reynolds, Melissa Richardson BanksPatti Lou Richardson, and Richard Stanley.

ARTS DISTRICT IN BLOOM: Photographs by Downtown Muse
Saturday thru Sunday, April 26-27, 2014
Artisanal LA Spring Show @ The Reef at 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90007

Most downtown areas might be described as gray, colorless, and devoid of greenery. This series of photography by Melissa Richardson Banks defies that notion of Downtown Los Angeles with her colorful images of blooms in the Arts District surrounded by brightly painted walls adorned by street art.

aMUSEd: Paintings of the Arts District Inspired by Downtown Muse
Wednesday, April 23 thru Friday, May 15, 2014
Art Squared Gallery • Pershing Square in Downtown L.A.

This outdoor exhibit featured six 8' photomurals of paintings by artists Kikki EderChristian HernandezMiriam JacksonBonnie LambertSandy Rodriguez, and Roderick Smith who reinterpreted photographs by Melissa Richardson Banks @DowntownMuse.

SUNRISE/SUNSET: Photographs by Downtown Muse
Thursday, April 10 thru Thursday, May 8, 2014
Angel City Gallery • 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This exhibit showcased twenty 20" x 20" prints from Melissa Richardson Banks, a self-described "snap-shooter." selected with the support of cinematographer Jason Wawro. The exhibit also featured 24 photographs of the Arts District not previously published or publicly displayed.

MUSE-INGS: Featured Artist of Downtown Art Walk
Thursday, February 13, 2014 • YouTube Video
MALDEF Gallery @ 634 S. Spring St., Los Angeles 90014

The solo exhibit featured 35 photographs by Melissa Richardson Banks from her latest book, MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District.

MUSE-INGS: Snapshots & Paintings of the Arts District
Saturday, January 18 thru Saturday, February 8, 2014
Warehouse Gallery at Art Share LA @ 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013

Fifty original works of art by artists inspired by the photography of Melissa Richardson Banks were on view, along with 50 framed photographs from her book "MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District" were also on view. Reinterpreting her images, 46 artists created new works of art: Jari “Werc” AlvarezA.S. AshleyQathryn BrehmJesse BurgosGary CallahanDiego Cardoso, Susie S. Chang, Jaime ColindresKikki EderRamiro FauveClemente Garcia LassaulxMargaret GarciaTom GarnerKristopher GeeYolanda GonzalezJacinto GuevaraChristian HernandezJavi HerreraMiriam JacksonJeremy Thomas KunkelGeorge LabradaLili LakichBonnie Lambert, Lauren A. Langford, LebaTod LychkoffTed MeyerColette MillerPatricia R. MitchellValerie MitchellAlberto MiyaresBirgitte MoosJ.W. PippenWenceslao QuirozPatti Lou RichardsonRick RobinsonSandy RodriguezAlex SchaeferSEKShadowMonsterBearRoderick SmithAnna StumpBob UjszasziJerico Woggon, and Jaime “Germs” Zacarias.

Participating artists incorporated artistic license to create narrative and representational art based on Richardson Banks' photographs utilizing a wide range of styles, including impressionism, surrealism, abstract and outsider. Their work represented a wide range of media including paintings using oil, spray paint, watercolor and/or acrylic, mixed-media prints and drawings, as well as sculptural installations, neon, and more.

2013

ROMERO STUDIO ART SHOW
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 2013
Plaza de la Raza @ 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles 90031

The 32nd annual exhibit curated by Sharon & Frank Romero featured artists Margaret GarciaDavid FluryCarlos AlmarazPatssi ValdezYolanda Gonzalez, Melissa Richardson Banks, and Oscar Castillo

EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Duncan Miller Gallery in Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. #A7, Santa Monica 90404

Sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and YourDailyPhotograph.com, photographs and photo books were displayed by 25 juried participants: Melissa Richardson Banks, Sara Jane Boyers, Richard Chow, Steve Daly, Elena Dorfman, Judy Francesconi, Kevin Gray, Maureen Haldeman, Lorna Hart, Liz Huston, Mark Indig, Renee Jacobs, Tom Johnson, Robbie Kaye, Sandra Klein, Clay Lipsky, Claire Mallett, Rico Mandel, Lisa McCord, Linda Morrow, Lori Pond, Kristianne Koch Riddle, Yasmina Rossi, Douglas Stockdale, and Michael Wood. 

THE INSTAGRAM SHOW: Celebrating the Art of the Phone
Thursday, December 5 thru Saturday, December 7, 2013
Melrose Lightspace
7600 Melrose Ave., Ste. N., Los Angeles 90046

This juried exhibition included more than 100 images chosen from photographers around the world, including two by Melissa Richardson Banks.