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hello there.

I'm Melissa Mudd...  but I also answer to Miss Mudd, Princess Sparkles, Miss Artypants, and the Glitter Goddess (among others).  I am excited to be your creative cheerleader.

In 2013 I did something ill-advised and unexpected - I abandoned Academia and started my own art school.  <insert rest of story, links to former studio>

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Professional Experience

June 2014 - present

August 2021 - May 2022

April 2021 - August 2021

August 2008 - May 2013

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

MAKEME STUDIO - ST. PETERSBURG, FL

  • Creator of commercial art school specializing in modern craft workshops for adults, events, and art enrichment for children

  • Managed studio operations, budget, marketing, and staff

  • Designed engaging and developmentally-appropriate summer camps, birthday parties, and class offerings for students in Kindergarten - Middle School

  • Forged community connections through charitable events, small business and outreach partnerships, guest artists, and offsite events

  • Launching virtual streaming service in Summer 2022

​DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT

ST. PETERSBURG, FL

  • Lead departmental operations (budgets, staffing, and logistics)

  • Supervised staff (Tour Coordinator, Educational Assistants, Docents, Volunteers)

  • Developed, lead, and evaluated Museum Docents & Volunteers

  • Designed Education curriculum and programming for School Groups, Families, and Adult populations to complement Museum Collection & Special Exhibitions

ART INSTRUCTOR

SHORECREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL - ST. PETERSBURG, FL

  • Wrote and instructed new curriculum for former “Arts & Crafts” component to summer day camp to include weekly thematic units encompassing a variety of media and art experiences for rising K-6th grade students

ART EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - COLUMBIA, MO

  • Instructor for Undergraduate & Graduate-Level Courses in Art & Elementary Education (Art for Children, Artistic Thinking: Multimedia Applications for Teaching Art, Inquiry into Art Education: Secondary)

August 2006 - May 2011

ART INSTRUCTOR

ROCK BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL  - COLUMBIA, MO

  • HS Art Instructor and Advisor (Art Basics, Foundations of Art, Graphic Design & Visual Communications & Studio Art)

Academic Background

PhD STUDENT, ART EDUCATION

University of Missouri (2008-2014)

  • Research interests include Visual & Material Culture, Creativity & Copyright in Secondary Education

  • Studio Concentration: Fibers

M.Ed., CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

University of Missouri (2006)

B.S.Ed., K-12 ART EDUCATION

University of Missouri (2005)

 

B.F.A., CONCENTRATION: PAINTING

University of Missouri (2005)

  • Minor: Art History