My Exhibits | Downtown Muse

My Exhibits | Downtown Muse

The Purple Tree on 2nd Street in LA

“The Purple Tree and Street Art” by Melissa Richardson Banks


SAT 4/11/15 @ 8:00 PM to 12:00 midnight

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

This show marked the third iteration of the Lucie Foundation‘s popular Instagram Jam and happened in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. An official event of MoPLA’s annual Month of Photography Los Angeles, it was originally conceived by photographer Shaughn Crawford @shaughncrawford. The exhibition featured 20+ Instagram sensations worldwide, including Tasya van Ree @tasyavanree and Melissa Richardson Banks of @DowntownMuse (also @SouthBayMuse). Produced in partnership with Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA, a portion of the print sales benefitted SNAPSHOP!, the Lucie Foundation’s at-risk youth workshop program. 



The Golden Truck in LA Art District

“Golden Truck in Art District” by Melissa Richardson Banks

¡VETERANO! CARSpresented by Frank Romero
SAT 4/16/15 thru SUN 6/14/15
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center @ 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833

This exhibition was about how the automobile has a consistent presence in the work of many artists, including Melissa Richardson Banks. The bulk of the show features work by pioneer Chicano artists of Los Angeles. Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, Frank Romero, Carlos Almarez, and other “veteranos” of the Chicano art movement that depict the ubiquitous cars of Los Angeles as nostalgic objects of past decades, colorful customized expressions of East L.A. culture, and as anthropomorphic fms embodying mythic presences in contemporary times. These paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, and other artworks chronicle a generation’s fascination with the automobiles of their youth and the transformations of contemporary production cars into vehicles of cultural identity.


Blanketed Point Vicente by Melissa Richardson Banks

“Blanketed Point Vicente” by Melissa Richardson Banks


SUN 4/19/15 thru SAT 6/6/15

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. Phantom Galleries L.A. revitalizes and energizes communities and pedestrian thoroughfares by transforming unoccupied properties throughout Los Angeles County into vibrant cultural hubs through the 24/7 public presentation of art. Curated by Martha De Perez and hosted by Liza Simone of Phantom Galleries L.A., this exhibition is a featured event of Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) presented by the Lucie Foundation


Coyote Yellow Blooms by Photographer Melissa Richardson Banks

“Coyote Yellow Blooms” by Melissa Richardson Banks

FRI 5/2/14 @ 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Jonathan Club • Downtown Los Angeles
545 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90071
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With the theme of spring, Printemps Soirée featured paintings, photography, prints, and sculpture by artists 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. The show was organized by Shahla Reynolds.



Arts District in Bloom Photography Exhibit by Downtown Muse Melissa Richardson BanksARTS DISTRICT IN BLOOM: Photographs by Downtown Muse
SAT 4/26/14 thru SUN 4/27/14
Artisanal LA Spring Show • Downtown L.A.
The Reef @ 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 MuseaMUSEd: Paintings of the Arts District Inspired by Downtown Muse
WED 4/23/14 thru FRI 5/15/14
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 Art Exhibit Featuring Photographs by Downtown MuseSUNRISE/SUNSET: Photographs by Downtown Muse
THU 4/10/14 thru THU 5/8/14
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 WalkMUSE-INGS: Featured Artist of Downtown Art Walk
THU 2/13/14 • YouTube Video
MALDEF Gallery at 634 S. Spring St., Los Angeles 90014

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



MUSE-INGS: Snapshots & Paintings of the Arts DistrictMUSE-INGS: Snapshots & Paintings of the Arts District
SAT 1/18/14 thru SAT 2/8/14
Warehouse Gallery at Art Share LA
801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles 90013

The exhibit featured 50 original works of art by artists inspired by the photography of Melissa Richardson Banks; 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.

SAT 12/7/13 and SUN 12/8/13
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


SUN 12/8/13
Duncan Miller Gallery in Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. #A7, Santa Monica 90404

Photographs and books were displayed by 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. Sponsored by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and



“Lavender Tracks at 1st Street Bridge” by Melissa Richardson Banks © 2013

“Lavender Tracks at 1st Street Bridge” by Melissa Richardson Banks © 2013

“Rooftop Sunset Blaze of Glory” by Melissa Richardson Banks © 2013

“Rooftop Sunset Blaze of Glory” by Melissa Richardson Banks © 2013

THE INSTAGRAM SHOW: Celebrating the Art of the Phone
THU 12/5/13 thru SAT 12/7/13

Melrose Lightspace
7600 Melrose Ave., Ste. N., Los Angeles 90046

Two photographs by Melissa Richardson Banks were included in this juried exhibition, which features a diverse selection of more than 100 images selected from all over the world.

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