Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith is a Launceston based artist who primarily works with print. Her artistic practice explores aspects of the landscape, including the shifts associated with climatic changes. She is particularly drawn to remote places, where the opportunity to listen deeply to the environment provides a greater sense of understanding and awareness.

She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. Melissa won the inaugural WAMA Art Prize in Victoria in 2021 and has been a finalist in other major art prizes including the Glover Prize, Burnie Print Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize,  Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize and the Hadley’s Art Prize. Her prints were acquired in the 2011 Silkcut Print Award and the 2012 Fremantle Print Award. Melissa’s work is represented in corporate, tertiary, college and private collections in Australia and overseas, and in the following Public galleries; National Gallery of Australia, ACT; Burnie Regional Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, TAS; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, NSW and the Warrnambool Art Gallery and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC.

Melissa currently balances her arts practice with her roles with Arts Tasmania as a Roving Curator and Program Officer for Public Art.