Contemporary Art

740 North Franklin
Chicago, Illinois 60654
312.202.9305 Fax 312.202.9307
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-4

Melanee Cooper Gallery has been in business since 1988 and in it's current location in the River North Gallery Art District for the past eight years. The gallery has evolved over the years from representing artists in all mediums to focusing primarily on abstract, figurative, and landscape paintings with a focus on the surface. In addition, displaying artists who also work in mixed media with an emphasis on encaustic paintings. The gallery has specialized in encaustic paintings for the past ten years exhibiting and representing some of the premier encaustic artists in the country.

  Member of the Art Dealers Association of Chicago


Melanee Cooper received her BA from the University of Michigan in 1984. Opening her first gallery at the age of twenty-six, she has exhibited and represented hundreds of contemporary artists, which contribute to her experience and fascination with the surface, texture and process of the artwork. After twenty years in the art business working with collectors, art professionals and artists, the gallery's focus is to educate and provide outstanding personal client service.

Gallery Assistant

Austin Blonde received his Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Architectural Studies from Brown University in 2009. Austin has studied art and architecture in Rome, Italy, and spent his 2008 summer interning in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He worked with European Paintings Chairman Everett Fahy on a publication detailing the Metropolitan’s Collection of Old Master’s paintings.  Along with studying and becoming immersed in the gamete of art history at Brown, he has augmented his studies with design classes at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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