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Melissa Melero-Moose

Reno, Nevada

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Melissa Melero-Moose

Melissa Melero-Moose is a mixed-media visual artist, writer, and a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe in Nevada. She was born in San Francisco, CA, and now lives near Reno, NV. She works as a professional artist, contributing writer for First American Art Magazine, and founder/independent curator of the art collective the Great Basin Native Artists. In 2020, she is completing an Institute of American Indian Arts Research Fellowship in Santa Fe, NM, where she is continuing her work on a comprehensive archive for the Great Basin Native Artists. The archive will be permanently housed at the Nevada Museum of Art, Center for Art + Environment Research Library and online collections.

Program Participation

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2020

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My works are mixed-media paintings of images inspired by the landscape and culture of the Numu (Northern Paiute) of the Great Basin area. Willow, pine nuts and other organic objects, washes and mediums are all layered intuitively to create a visual in which Indigenous life in the Great Basin is told through the perspective of a Native woman, mother, and American artist.”