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Biography

 

Melissa graduated in May of 2015 from Florida State University with a Master’s in the History and Criticism of Art with a focus in the Visual Cultures of the Americas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in the History and Criticism of Art with Honors with a minor in Anthropology and an Associate of Arts with a focus in Business Administration. Currently, she is an Adjunct Instructor at Chipola College. Melissa’s current research interests include the visual cultures of the Mississippian Southeast, as well as American sequential art and political cartoons of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Melissa is also an artist specializing in the mediums of acrylic, assemblage, colored pencils, and photography. In 2007, she was selected as one of three ‘Inspirational Women’ by Kraft Foods, as part of the Wheat Thins Women’s Expressions campaign. As part of this campaign, her and her work were featured on the back of select boxes of Wheat Thins, and on the Wheat Thins website in 2007. Her image was also featured in advertorials published in the March 2007 editions of House & Garden, Glamour, Self, and Domino.

Melissa has also exhibited in various shows in the region, including solo and group shows at Artel, the Art and Design Society of Ft. Walton Beach, Chipola College, Gulf Coast State College, Gadsden Arts Center, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Floriopolis, Foosaner Art Museum, Northwest Florida Regional Fair, and the Panama City Center for the Arts. Her work is held in several private collections in the region, and she has won several awards for her photographic works.

 

Research Interests:

Pre-Columbian and Native American Art, Southeastern Iconography, Native American Culture in Modern and Contemporary Popular Media, American Political Cartoons, American Comics and Sequential Art, Gender Studies, and Buddhist Art

 

Awards and Honors:

2017 Honorable Mention in the category of People at the 18th Annual Photography & Digital Arts Exhibition held by ADSO

2016 Honorable Mention in the categories of Architecture and Digital Art at the 17th Annual Photography & Digital Arts Exhibition held by ADSO

2015 I. N. Winbury Award, Florida State University

2013 – 2015 Graduate Research Assistantship, Florida State University

2012 Helen J. Beard Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in the Major, FSU

2011 Bess H. Ward Honors Thesis Award, Florida State University

2010 – 2011 Returning Student Scholarship, Florida State University

2007 One of three ‘Inspirational Women’ by Kraft Foods, as part of the Wheat Thins Women’s Expressions campaign.

 

Unpublished Papers:

2015 “Revitalizing Sequoyan: Peoplehood and Identity Negotiation in Cherokee Art”

2015 “Is Sequoyah Really Sequoyah? Ambiguity and Tension in a ‘Reluctant Monument'”

2014 “Primal Impressions: Threefold Primacy of the Lupa Capitolina in Marliani’s 1544 Urbis Romae Topographia”

2014 “Multivalency and Dualism: Bedford Mounds Platform Effigy Pipes as Renewed Social Objects”

2014 “A Valley of Boundaries: Permeability and Accessibility at Glendalough”

2014 “School Begins: Louis Dalrymple’s Mapping of the ‘Pretty Fiction’ of Consent”

2014 “Elusive Identity: Reevaluating the Excavation and Burials at Lake Jackson Mound 3”

2013 “Experiencing the Microcosm of Lascaux Through the Roaring Stag: An Integrated Approach”

2013 “The Monuments of Zazacatla: Recarved Idols in the Caves of the Community Ritual Mountain”

2013 “Apalachee Identity and Recognition: A Study of State Agency Heritage Management and a Call for a Joined-up Approach”

2011 Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Parallel Images: Gender, Complementarity, and Ritual in the Lintels of Yaxchilan

 

List of Curated Exhibitions:

2016 “Chipola College Student Art Show” at Chipola College, Jointly Curated with Noah Verrier

 

List of Exhibitions:

2017 “18th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Exhibition” at ADSO

2017 “Lost in Space” at Floriopolis

2017 “Retro Time Warp” juried show at ADSO

2017 “54th Bay Annual” at Panama City Center for the Arts

2017 “Upside Down” at Floriopolis

2016 “Public EyeSoar” Downtown Panama City

2016 “Throwback” at Floriopolis

2016 “Shades of Blue” juried show at ADSO

2016 “Small Exhibit” juried show at ADSO

2016 “Just Say It” juried show at ADSO

2016 “17th Annual Photography & Digital Arts Exhibition” at ADSO

2016 “Happy” at Floriopolis

2016 “14th Annual Covenant Care Mask & Masterpiece Gala”

2016 One Night Exhibit, “Second Sunday Celebration” at Unity of Panama City

2015 Group Installation and Exhibit, “Summer Art Series” at Unity of Panama City

2011 Solo Exhibit, “Colors, Patterns, and Textures” at Gulf Coast State College

2009 “Take Out” at Foosaner Art Museum

2009 “Gulf Beach Presbyterian Concert Series” at Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church

2009 “Community Arts Project” at Gulf Coast State College

2008 “Panama City Artists Exhibit” at the Marina Civic Center

2008 “Covenant Hospice Mask Parade & Gala”

2008 “Unitarian Universalist Arts Night”

2008 Solo Exhibit, “Under Lock & Key” at Strange Brew Coffee House

2008 “Grand Debut” at Grand Panama Beach Resort

2008 “Out of Pocket 2: Small Art Invitational” at the Gadsden Arts Center

2008 “20th Annual Arts in Gadsden Competition” at the Gadsden Arts Center

2007 “Gulf Beach Presbyterian Concert Series” at Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church

2007 “Covenant Hospice Mask Parade & Gala”

2007 “Panama City Artists Exhibit” at the Marina Civic Center

2007 Solo Exhibit at Joey’s Java Juice

2006 “Art for the Senses” at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida

2006 “5th Annual Panama City Artists Show & Sale” at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida

2006 “Northwest Florida County Fair” at the Bay County Fairgrounds

2006 “Celebration of the Arts” at Florida State University, Panama City

2006 “18th Annual Arts in Gadsden Competition” at the Gadsden Arts Center

2005 “Artel Members’ Show” at the Artel Gallery

2005 “17th Annual Arts in Gadsden Competition” at the Gadsden Arts Center

2005 “43rd Bay Annual Art Show” at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida

2005 “4th Annual Panama City Artists Show & Sale” at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida

2004 “17th Annual Faces and Facets Photography Show” at the Visual Arts Center

2004 “Northwest Florida County Fair” at the Bay County Fairgrounds

2004 “42nd Bay Annual Art Show” at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida

2004 “3rd Annual Panama City Artists Show & Sale” at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida

2004 “Art for the Senses” at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida