ARTIST & COMMUNITY ARTS ACTIVIST
Melissa Muller is a Milwaukee based artist, designer, curator and community organizer. Muller holds a BFA in Ceramics and Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she owned and curated Bliss Studio & Gallery for 10 years, exhibiting multiple-discipline installations. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the Midwest including exhibitions at Tabula Rasa in Chicago, the Mobile Design Box, the Mobile Lantern, Tree of Life Gallery and Crafting Art on the Near West Side.
Muller is currently Managing Director of the Near West Side Partners Art Initiative. This program facilitates collaborative community exhibits in the Mobile Design Box, film exhibits in the Mobile Lantern annual exhibit along with temporary and permanent public art programs beginning in 2019. Graphic Artist and Community Arts Project Manager; her goal is connectivity. She uses her skills and resources to bring projects together to benefit neighborhoods, communities, and non-profits.
Melissa leads Washington Park Neighbors (WPN), a recent finalist for the Milwaukee Area Neighborhood Development Initiative award for Public Space. Through Washington Park Wednesdays, the flagship project run by WPN, Muller divides her time between the Near West Side Partners program and the concert series in Washington Park in the summer. Through design, marketing, and partnership, Muller fuels a 8-9 week concert series that entertains thousands of people in the Washington Park neighborhood.
Muller also serves on the Commercial Corridor Team for the Near West Side Partners, the Historic Concordia Neighborhood Initiative, Washington Park Partners Arts and Culture, past director of the Highland Community School Creative Team as well as acting as a full-time Graphic Artist at Quorum Architects for 17 years.
When she's not working with artists in the community, she is making functional and not-so-functional ceramic art. You can find her wares in the shop here or out in the community at various galleries. For an updated list, please reach out.