ARTIST & COMMUNITY ARTS ACTIVIST

Milwaukee based artist, designer, curator, and community organizer. I have a BFA in Ceramics and Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  Illinois. In my past life, I owned and curated Bliss Studio &  Gallery, exhibiting multiple-discipline installations.  I've since then curated exhibitions in Milwaukee and Chicago in every media I can think of. 

 

Currently, I am the Managing Director of the Near West  Side Partners Art Initiative. This program facilitates collaborative community art exhibits, along with temporary and permanent public art programs.  Graphic Artist and Community Arts Project Manager; my goal is connectivity. I use my skills and resources to bring projects together to benefit neighborhoods, communities, and non-profits.  

 

I also lead Washington Park Neighbors (WPN), a recent finalist for the Milwaukee Area Neighborhood Development Initiative award for Public Space.  WPN curates and facilitates Washington Park Wednesdays in the Washington Park Bandshell. Through design, marketing, and partnership, I collaboratively fuel a 9-week concert series that entertains thousands of people in the  Washington Park neighborhood.

 

I serve on the Commercial Corridor Team for the Near West Side Partners, ImagineMKE task force, and Washington Park Wednesdays committee. I am the past co-director of the Highland Community School Creative Team as well as acting as a full-time Graphic Artist at Quorum Architects for 17 years.  

Get in Touch!

When I'm not working with artists in the community, I am making functional and not-so-functional ceramic art. You can find my wares in the shop here, at my Etsy shop and out in the community at various galleries. For an updated list, please reach out.

 

melissajmuller@gmail.com

Visit my Linktree!

© 2023 Melissa J Muller