More About Melanie

Artist, Teaching Artist, Arts Advocate

Melanie Moore is an artist specializing in watercolor painting. After winning Best in Show for the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Top of The Class Show in 2013, her art was featured in a debut solo exhibition in 2014 at the Northwest Florida State College South Walton Campus. Her work can be viewed in various local venues, including ArtNook, in historic DeFuniak Springs, as well as The Foster Gallery, at the Market Shops at Sandestin. Melanie received her Master of Arts degree in Humanities with a focus on “Texts and Images” from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas, with a major in Art History.

In addition, Melanie is also the Education Director for the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, in Destin. She draws on her background as an art educator, artist, and work with cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations to further her mission for facilitating arts education for people of all ages and abilities. Under her direction, MKAF’s All Kinds of Art education outreach programs have doubled, and expanded beyond children’s arts programs to those serving adults with special needs, and a therapeutic arts program for the wounded warrior population.

With 12 years of experience in arts education, Melanie began her teaching career with the Art School for Children and Young Adults (a model laboratory school for best practices) at the University of Houston-Clear Lake --- where she taught and developed curriculum for ages 4 through high school aged students. She also taught as an adjunct and served as mentor for art education methodology students. She more recently taught art at Paxton School, in Walton County, teaching students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades. Her students received honors in various competitions and venues, including Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Picture the Music contest, Cultural Arts Alliance's Flutterby Children's Art Festival, Rosemary Beach Foundation's Music in Pictures, and the Florida Chautauqua Assembly. Under Ms. Moore's direction students also created a permanent installation for the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. 

Prior to her career in formal education, she was a professional museum exhibit designer for The Health Museum, in Houston, Texas. In addition, she has served the arts community in various capacities, including managing an art gallery, and performing freelance exhibit design and illustration services. She is a frequent participant and volunteer for local arts events and non-profit organizations.