Marc Mellon is one of America's foremost representational sculptors and medalists, well known for his portrait busts, commemorative statues, and other works in bronze exploring the worlds of dance, sport, and family life.
Schooled to pursue the sciences, Mellon left pre-medical studies for the study of history and philosophy before discovering art as a vehicle to embrace all of his interests. From the start he enjoyed the challenge of conveying something of the inner life of his subjects, multi-faceted portrait busts, dance and sports sculptures in balance and motion, and figures of strong and confident women that project a modern female sensuality.
His works have been displayed from New York to Los Angeles to Tokyo, and are in numerous corporate, private, and public collections worldwide. Over twenty-five universities and medical centers have Mellon bronzes in their collections.
"I've been present to see my works honor the achievements and vision of leaders in the worlds of philanthropy, business, sports, medicine, engineering, religion, education, the arts, and civic affairs. It has been, and continues to be, a humbling and fascinating journey."
Individuals who have been recognized and honored with Mellon bronze portrait busts include Pope John Paul II, President George H.W. Bush, President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel. Athletes Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Andre Agassi, and Danica Patrick, are amongst the numerous athletes honored with Mellon sports bronzes. Dance world legends Ms. Agnes de Mille and Ms. Cynthia Gregory have been recognized with Mellon dance bronzes. Mellon bronze awards have also recognized entrepreneurial visionaries Steve Wynn and Ted Turner. Mellon's design for the obverse of the Official 2009 Inaugural Medal, featuring a portrait relief of Barack Obama, was chosen by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. In October 2009 Mellon's 8' high bronze statue of George Eastman was dedicated on the University of Rochester's Eastman Quadrangle. The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, commissioned Mellon to create a bust of major donor Kenneth E. Behring, which was unveiled in June, 2011.
Mellon's love of the figure and interest in exploring core human values is evident in all his art. "My sculptures are meant to move and uplift the spirit," he says. "I'm interested in how we find meaning and fulfillment in this world, and my work, across the board, reflects that interest." Mellon is President ex-officio of the Artists' Fellowship Inc., a foundation that assists professional fine artists and their families in times of emergency or bereavement. He is an active member of The National Arts Club in Manhattan, and on the Board of Advisers of the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island. He is also on the Steering Committee of The Portrait Society of America, and is an active artist member of The Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists, Audubon Artists, and the National Sculpture Society, where he has been elected Fellow. In 2007 Mellon was elected to membership in The Century Association. He has also served as sculpture juror for many national arts organizations, and has received awards from The National Sculpture Society, Allied Artists, the Hudson Valley Arts Association, The National Arts Club, and The Salmagundi Club. The artist has been creating works in bronze for over thirty-five years. He is married to fellow sculptor Babette Bloch. Marc and Babette have his and hers studios in Redding, Connecticut.
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