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 Melissa Bowling Tubbs  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: Alabama      Known for: historic architecture, ornamentation

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The following biography was provided by the artist, January 2005

Melissa B. Tubbs has been creating finely detailed pen-and-ink drawings of architectural subjects for 15 years. Her works document buildings and their ornamentation in order to preserve them for generations. She is a firm believer in the proverb "The wise man preserves that which he values and celebrates that which he preserves." Form, line, and light have more emphasis in black and white, perfect for rendering architectural elements and ornamentation. She is interested in conveying the depth created by the contrast of bright light and cast shadows. The woodcuts of Albrecht Durer and the wood engravings of Barry Moser have influenced her pen-and-ink work. Ms. Tubbs lives and works in Montgomery, Alabama.

Melissa's father was a pilot in the Air Force and moving every three years exposed her to many interesting places. She has always created art, but it wasn't until her sister asked her to create a pen-and-ink drawing of her father-in-laws house for a Christmas present that she discovered her love of architecture as subject matter. While the pen-and-ink medium is self-taught, Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Design from Auburn University in Auburn, AL and spent 25 years producing magazines. She has been a full-time artist for 8 years.

Her work has been shown throughout the United States. Besides Montgomery, her artwork has been juried into exhibitions in New York City, NY; New Orleans, LA; San Francisco, CA; Hilton Head, SC; Sarasota, FL; Winston-Salem NC; Alexandria, VA; and Rockville, MD. These exhibitions have led to commissions from organizations such as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts, and the Will's Guild/Montgomery Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Tour of Homes as well as many private commissions.

Ms. Tubbs accomplishments include: an article featuring her pen-and-ink drawings in the November 2004 issue of American Artist magazine; a solo show, "Sunlight and Shadow," November 2004-February 2005, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL; "In the Spotlight," October 4th-November 12th, 2004, exhibition at the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) Gallery, New York City; six drawings selected for inclusion in the Montgomery & River Region Sketchbook, a showcase book to be published February 2005 by Indigo Custom Publishers, Macon, GA; February 2004, traveled to Acapulco, Mexico to teach elementary school children art and art history; one of three artists exhibited in "An Absence of Color," December 2003-January 2004, at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City; received the NAWA Medal of Honor and Elizabeth Stanton Blake Memorial Award of $1,000 for Work on Paper in the 2003 Annual Exhibition of NAWA in New York City; recipient of the 2002 Anita P. Folmar Distinguished Volunteer in the Arts Award; represented the state of Alabama in creating a three-dimensional architectural ornament of an historical home for the Official White House Christmas Tree for 2001 (the ornament is now in the White House permanent ornament collection); a participant in the Mississippi Art Colony spring workshop in 2001, which was lead by Judith Raphael of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; an instructor for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Arts Council of Montgomery (Artist-In-Residence, 2005); speaking engagements at the Montgomery Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; past president of the Montgomery Art Guild, the immediate past president of the Arts Council of Montgomery and board member of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; a jury-selected member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW); recipient of the prestigious Eben Demarest Trust Grant, an award from Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, PA in 1999.

Ms. Tubbs was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1948.

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