About Melissa Arrant

I 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. I have been teaching at Chipola College since the fall of 2015. Currently, I work as a Quality Matters & Online Course Development Coordinator and an Adjunct Instructor for Chipola College. I am also a QM-Certified Higher Education Peer Reviewer and an APPQMR Online Facilitator. The courses I teach include Art Appreciation, Art History I, and Art History II. I currently live in Lynn Haven, FL, with my husband and our three cats, Lillie, Gidget, and Orion.

I am also an award-winning and nationally recognized artist specializing in the mediums of acrylic, assemblage, colored pencils, and photography. Some of my paintings were featured as part of a 2007 Kraft Foods Wheat Thins campaign, while some of my more recent photographs have been published by and the News-Herald. I regularly participate in local NW Florida art and photography exhibitions and events.


A.A. in Business Administration from Gulf Coast State College

B.A. in the History and Criticism of Art with Honors from Florida State University

M.A. in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University

Artistic Media and Techniques

I currently work in a variety of media and techniques including acrylic painting, painted assemblage sculptures, abstract colored pencil compositions, wildlife photography, and contemplative photography. 

Research Interests

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

Awards and Honors

2018 First Place in the category of Abstract at the 2018 F:/Stop North Florida Photography Competition and Exhibit held by Panama City Center for the Arts

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. As part of this campaign, my image and artwork were featured on the back of select boxes of Wheat Thins, and on the Wheat Thins website in 2007. My image was also featured in advertorials published in the March 2007 editions of House & Garden, Glamour, Self, and Domino.

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

Curated Exhibitions

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