Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Therapy (2002). BFA, BA, 1997, University of Michigan; MAAT, 1999, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Credentials: Registered/Board-Certified Art Therapist; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Concurrent Position: Co-Founder/Director Art & Soul, Chicago. Exhibitions: Fulton Street Collective, Chicago; ARC Gallery, Chicago; LandmarkArts, Chicago; Open Studio Project, Evanston, IL; Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL. Professional Service: Board of Directors, Illinois Art Therapy Association, former; Board of Directors, Connection Arts Chicago, former. Presentations: American Art Therapy Association; Illinois Art Therapy Association; Mount Mary College, WI. Publication: Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

Personal Statement

As an artist, art therapist, and educator, Melissa focuses on the use of personal narrative and community ritual to create shared experiences that promote individual healing, construct collective knowledge, and effect social change. Her art practice employs ritual and sensory memory to explore intercultural and intergenerational themes, and is rooted in the tradition of storytelling. Melissa’s art often reads as personal narrative that embodies her own lived experiences as a woman of mixed race and myriad identities. Her work centers on creating meaning in both personal and collective identity through mixed media narratives using assemblage with found objects, print, photography and encaustic materials; and the participatory nature of her work engages the viewer as both witness to and active participant in her creative process to explore liminality as it relates to the intersections of identity.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.