Mel Ziegler received his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts. Since that time he has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He has received numerous awards including National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Awards in 1989 and 1993, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, the Pollock-Krasner Award, and an Augustus Saint-Gaudens Fellowship.

His work is shown nationally and internationally. In 1989, he was included in the Whitney Biennial. He is currently the Chair of the Art Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Professor Zeigler’s work includes many permanent public projects including the Downtown Seattle Transit project in Seattle, Washington, “Wall of Words” at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, and “Come and Go,” a project commissioned for the Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Spaces, in Cleveland.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Disjecta, Le Happy, Wealth Underground Farm, Bear Deluxe Magazine, Northwest Film Center.