Melissa Sutherland Moss is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary visual artist narrating stories through hand-cut collages, installations, and typography. She discovered her gift of creativity after painting a portrait of her sister during an art class in high school.
Melissa soon participated in ACT-SO, a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among the youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence. Inspired by the arts, Melissa went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from Southern Connecticut University. Melissa also holds a Master of Education degree in Psychology from Springfield College in Springfield, MA.
Since launching her professional artistry career, Melissa has had the honor of features in Doodle Wars: Episode 8, AIR Gallery, Heath Gallery, The New York Coffee Festival (NYC & California), and Women Made Gallery (Chicago). Melissa’s mission as an artist is to explore and unpack every facet of her identity through her work and her community.
With two of her best friends, she founded a gallery in Brooklyn, NY called sk.ArtSpace, which serves as a safe space for creatives of color to express themselves in an environment that understands and works to preserve the integrity of their craft. sk.ArtSpace has received media coverage by Refinery29 and Forbes. At her gallery, Melissa curates exhibitions with the goal of redefining cultural narratives and sharing unique aspects of Black experiences. Her ultimate goal as an artist is to create art that grants people permission to be multifaceted and grow as a professional artist and arts administrator. To learn more about Melissa, please visit melissasutherlandart.com.
"What It Feels Like" is an immersive pop-up art gallery showcasing emerging Black Artists. The show highlights the joys and sorrows of what it feels like to be an artist; to be seen; to feel unheard; or to be an Artist of color in the art world today.
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Photographer: Azikiwe Aboagye @_azikiwe_
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