Artist & Co-Founder of The Wall of Song Project
Interdisciplinary Art Lecturer, Department of Art and Art History, SJSU
Mel Day is a SF Bay Area-based British-Canadian interdisciplinary artist, former college athlete, art lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at San José State University and co-founder of The Wall of Song Project. Launched on Inauguration Day, 2017 in Washington, D.C and at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Day’s current and ongoing collaborative Wall of Song Project, FEELING GOOD, explores the combined power of art, song, and sport for women’s athletics, mental and physical well being, and a more equitable, racially just community with Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change, and affinity partners.
Day has shared her collaborative work with venues including Provident Credit Union Event Center and The San José Museum of Art (San Jose), Grace Cathedral, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and Berkeley Art Museum. Residencies include Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni New Works Award and UC Berkeley MFA Fellowship, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Schwandorf, Germany) and The Lab (San Francisco). As part of her inclusive practice, Day founded an IDEO-Awarded Youth Fellowship in collaboration with the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and has curated exhibitions including an experimental video program for V-tape‘s Curatorial Incubator in Toronto, Canada. Awarded the 2019 Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Nexus Award, Day currently teaches at San José State and holds an MFA from UC Berkeley, a BFA from Queen’s University, Canada with a year’s scholarship to Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. / mmd.ca / wallofsongproject.com