Digital artist talk with Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute, Modoc)

November 6, 2020

Friday, Nov. 6 | “The Great Basin Native Artists” by Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute, Modoc)   

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Melissa Melero-Moose, a Great Basin Native artist, will discuss the origins and processes of her Great Basin mixed-media artwork. She will also explain the evolution of her career, which led her to founding Great Basin Native Artists, a collective of Indigenous artists living in or from the region.

“I created these works to celebrate the art, design and culture of the Paiute people through color and texture on canvas,” Melissa said. “I am honored to be a part of Travois First Fridays and very grateful to be sharing my paintings and stories in this part of the country.”

Melissa Melero-Moose is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe with ties to Fort Bidwell Paiute, Calif. She is an accomplished artist with her own unique style. Her works consist of contemporary mixed media paintings inspired by the landscape and culture of the Numu (Northern Paiute) in Nevada, California, and Oregon — natural surroundings in the Great Basin (willow and pine nuts), and Paiute basketry and local petroglyphs. Melissa has also integrated her own green painting techniques and disciplines to her process that ensures a lighter environmental footprint.

Melissa holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and fine arts from Portland State University. Her works are included in permanent collections of the School for Advanced Research (IARC), Santa Fe, N.M.; Autry Museum in Los Angeles, Cali; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.; the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nev.; and the Lilley Museum, at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Note: This is not a live artist talk. A recorded video of Melissa Melero-Moose’s artist talk will be published on the Travois website.

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