Melissa Wilkinson received her BFA in painting from Western Illinois University in 2002 and MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University in 2006. Her work has been featured in publications throughout the country including two editions of New American Paintings. She has shown in various galleries nationally and internationally including South Korea and India and has received numerous awards throughout her career. She serves as Assistant Professor of Art-Painting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She lives in Bono Arkansas with her three dogs.