Born and educated in Detroit, Melissa is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and curator living in eastern Kentucky. Her studio practice explores the political landscape using national identity, folk art, ancestry, immigration and the perception of a homeland as points of departure. She gravitates to everyday materials like matches, fabric, stickers, wood, temporary tattoos and found objects. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Germany, Luxembourg and extensively throughout the United States. Melissa received a BFA from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan (1999) and a MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, Illinois (2005). She has been the recipient of numerous grants including a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant, the Al Smith Fellowship and was recently shortlisted for the Luxembourg Art Prize. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Kentucky University.

Melissa is represented by Maus Contemporary / beta pictoris gallery in Birmingham, AL.

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Middleland focuses on artwork and commentary relating to the landscape flanking the Mason-Dixon Divide.

bio photo credit: Erica Chambers Photography