Melissa Lee Johnson is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, and occasional tattoo artist living & working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated with a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts and a Minor in Illustration from The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in May 2016, and was a finalist for a Mary Nohl Fellowship in 2017. Melissa is currently an illustrator and graphic designer at the Shepherd Express, an alternative Milwaukee newspaper, and WaterStreet Creative, an ad agency and sister company to the Shepherd.
Fun facts: Her two Chihuahuas, Bambi and Sparkle, are her pride and joy. She’s a Virgo through-and-through, but you better watch out because her moon is in Aries. She loves to dance to Talking Heads and thinks everyone should see Stop Making Sense at least once. Pickled beets, coffee (with coconut milk), and podcasts fuel her. Also red wine.
Selected Clients: Macmillan Publishing, Parents Magazine, Hacienda Beer Co., Milwaukee Film, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee County Parks, Company Brewing, and Memra Language Services.
2016 // BFA Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts Major, Illustration Minor
2017 // I'm Still Not Over It The Yellow Wallpaper Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2016 // R.I.P.E. (A Wake) HOAX Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2016 // Swim Team Presents: FOMO The Nut Factory, Milwaukee WI
2015 // The Outsiders Racine Arts Council ArtSpace Gallery, Racine WI
2015 // Swim Team Presents: The Gold Show The Netherlands Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2016 // Mary L. Nohl Fellowship Finalist
2017 // MIAD Professional Symposium MIAD, Milwaukee WI
2015 // Copywrite Volume 5 ThirdWord, Milwaukee, WI
2013 // Copywrite Volume 1 ThirdWord, Milwaukee, WI
2018 // Check out the wonderful campaign art for the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee Record, August 2018
2017 // Milwaukee Artists 'Drawn' to Portrait Society Exhibit, Shepherd Express, May 2017
2016 // The Performance and The Stage The Milwaukee Art Shore, July 2016
2016 // FemFest 2016: Meet Melissa, Artist and Poster Creator People with Panache, January 2016