Melissa Harshman

Melissa Harshman

Profile Location
Watkinsville , GA

Melissa Harshman received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1992. She has taught in the Printmaking and Book Arts Department at the Lamar Dodd School of Art since 1993. Harshman has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad. She was honored with the Dedicato a Cortona Award in April of 2017 from the University of Georgia. In 2018 Harshman was awarded a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Research Fellowship also from the University of Georgia. Her work was recently on display at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in the exhibition “Time Like the Present”, in a group exhibition at Goodyear Arts in Charlotte, NC, the Morgan Conservatory Gallery in Cleveland, OH, the Carrollton Center for the Arts in Carrollton, GA and at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. She recently presented papers at the Impact International Printmaking Conference in Spain in 2018 and the SECAC Conference in Knoxville in 2019. She was awarded a 2019 Senior Faculty Research Grant from UGA titled “Explorations in Papermaking” and attended a workshop at the Women’s Studio Workshop in August on excavations in papermaking. Her work can be seen at

Artist Statement

This body of work centers around linoleum cuts of flowers. The prints are arranged in various wall configurations to create larger works that draw the viewer in. Color is used as a metaphor for feelings of joy as well as ambivalence. Each individual print is sewn to add another aesthetic quality to the work. The end goal is to create a work that highlights the beauty of the natural world in unexpected configurations.

Mixed Media
Print / Paper

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

6/3/22 to 8/5/22
Print / Paper

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