Melissa Jay Craig is a sculptor, book and installation artist whose primary medium is handmade paper. She lives in Chicago. Melissa independently teaches and speaks a few times yearly as a visiting artist at universities, arts centers, process-oriented schools and occasional conferences and symposia throughout the United States.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in museum, rare book, print and artists’ book collections. She is represented in the Chicago area by ZIA Gallery. Melissa has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts studio residency at Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a Distinguished Resident at the Ragdale Foundation, where she was also the 2014 Prairie Fellow. Her wordless sculptural books have been featured in diverse publications such as Fine Books and Collections, Surface Design Journal, Quiet Lunch, Spoon River Poetry Review, Ploughshares and the Paris Review. She participated in Hand Papermaking journal’s 2016 portfolio project.