The following information was submitted by the artist in June of 2006:
Artist and educator Melissa Marshall Smith was born in 1959 in Rockdale, Texas. As a child and young adult, she studied art with Rockport, Texas artist and teacher Simon Michael. She earned her BFA from the Ohio State University in 1980. Melissa studied with painter George McNeil in master classes at the University of Hartford in 1990.
The experience and opportunity of studying with George McNeil was a milestone in Melissa’s artistic career. She then began teaching art in Connecticut public schools, teaching students from Kindergarten through college level. Melissa studied with the artist Anne Truitt during an artist residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has participated in artist residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM, at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Melissa received her Masters degree in Arts Administration from Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, in 2000.
Upon completion of her graduate degree, Melissa began showing her work in Connecticut and the New England area. She became active in the artist’s cooperative Artworks Gallery in Hartford, CT. She also was granted membership in the Women’s Caucus for Art and in the Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. Melissa’s solo exhibits have been in several galleries in the Hartford, CT area. Group exhibitions are many and have included the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Slater Memorial Museum, the Jorgenson Gallery at the University of Connecticut, the Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University, and the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, CT. Her work is included in numerous private collections.