Aili Schmeltz American, b. 1975


Aili Schmeltz lives and works in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Solo exhibitions include Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA (2022); The Landing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2021); Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2021, 2022 and 2019); Espronceda Center for Art and Culture, Barcelona, Spain (2017), Grand Central Art Center, California State University Fullerton, CA (2013); Prescott College Art Gallery, Arizona (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona (2011); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (2008). Group exhibitions include Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2022); Sarasota Art Museum (2019), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (2019), Pasadena Museum of California Art (2017), Friedman Benda Gallery, New York (2014); The Hoxton Gallery, London (2014); Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles (2013) among others. She recently was Artist in Residence at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in 2022 and recipient of awards such as the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia in 2015, the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts in 2013, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants, New York as well as the Creative Capacity Fund Grant of San Francisco in 2011, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2009.