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Melanie Birk         Artist, Designer, Writer  Vibrant Paintings & Collages 

Melanie Birk
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founding Artist & Designer, Blue Thistle Arts, 2014-present.
Freelance Artist, 2008-2014.
Freelance Writer & Editor, 2000-2008.
Publications Director, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, 1989-1998.
Assistant Director, Main Street Program, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1987-1989.
Communications Director, National Heritage Corridor Association, 1985-1987.

Master's Degree in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1985.
Bachelor's Degree in English Literature, with Distinction, Carleton College, 1984.

Art Education
Studied drawing & painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago's Columbia College, Santa Fe Community College, 1995-2006.
Studied illustration in private classes with author/illustrator Jennifer Owings Dewey, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2002.
Studied painting with artist Jaki Kouffman, Santa Fe Community College, Retreats in Taos and Abiquiu, New Mexico, 2003-2008.
Collaging workshop with artists Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore, 2013.
Painting Retreat led by artist Flora Bowley, San Miguel de Allende,
Mexico, 2013.
Surface Pattern Design class with British artist Rachael Taylor, 2014.

Selected Publications
Frank Lloyd Wright & the Prairie, (hardcover book), Universe/Rizzoli.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fifty Views of Japan, (softcover book), Pomegranate Books.

Art Exhibitions
"Botanicals," international juried group show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, 2015.
"Abstraction Juried Show," Contemporary Fine Art International, 2015.
Worlds Away, solo exhibition, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe,
New Mexico, 2009.
Tikkun Olam, juried group show, Jewish Community Center, Tucson, Arizona.
Collect 8, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Degrees of Detail: Large & Small Works by Nine Artists, La Tienda Gallery, 
Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Where ART Lives Magazine, feature article on Melanie and Blue Thistle Arts, 2015.
Where ART Lives Magazine, illustration featured in Curated Collection, 2015.

Melanie's work is included in private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada.


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