Melinda received her MFA from the NYAA and degrees in Art History and Studio Art from Indiana University. She held an assistant curatorial position at the Art Institute of Chicago and sculpts models for the country's top anatomical supply companies. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, American Artist Drawing, the Art Renewal Center, and in exhibitions from New York to Chicago. In 2014, she was awarded a Purchase Prize by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Contemporary Realism Biennial and in 2016, was a semifinalist for the prestigious BP Portrait award. The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Spain has of two of Melinda’s sculptures in their permanent collection. She teaches anatomical drawing and écorché at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois Chicago and in the Medical Humanities department at Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine. She is a co-founder and principle instructor at Vitruvian Fine Art Studio in Chicago.