Melinda Silver: Focus on Change


CURRENT SHOW: Thanks to all who joined me at the Opening Reception for the current juried show at the University of New Mexico Law School "Not For Profit" Gallery Alumni and Staff Exhibit. Four of my paintings will be hanging in the Forum of the Law School until April 15, 2014.

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 27 - 29, and visit Studio 8, where I will be part of the 2014 Santa Fe Studio Tour. If you saw something at the shows or during the tour that you wish to revisit, or you see something on this website that you would like to view in person, please email me at, and let me know. I have recently expanded my studio, in Santa Fe, NM, and welcome visitors. This website contains just a representative view of my painting.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION: I am represented in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area by Griffin Gallery in Edina, Minnesota. For more information, visit:

BACKGROUND: Melinda Silver began making art as a child and never looked back. As a young woman, she studied oil painting with private individuals, took fine arts and art history classes at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the University of Chicago, University of Northern Colorado summer session in Florence, Italy, and spent a year of self-study, primarily with Nicolaides', "The Natural Way to Draw," on the island of Crete.

During and following her undergraduate years, Melinda Silver worked as a graphic designer for several print media, most notably at The Minnesota Daily and The Los Alamos Monitor, specializing in both editorial and advertising design and illustration. She has also produced numerous poster and cover designs for various civic organizations, and was accepted into several juried art fairs, showing batik landscape, figurative and portrait paintings.

In 2000, she began a course of watercolor study and practice, beginning with the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C., and including the Washington D.C. Capitol Hills Art Workshops, where she won the Maureen Yonis Award for Excellence in Watercolor in 2006. After moving back to New Mexico in late 2006, she was accepted into the "Faces of Women" juried art show in Las Vegas, New Mexico. In recent years, she has studied at the Santa Fe Community College, and taken classes and workshops with Ellen Koment, Kevin Gorges, Dan McBride and Robert Burridge. She now works in watercolor, acrylics, mixed media and encaustic painting.

Recent Juried Exhibitions: "Lumen: Fine Arts & Book Arts 2012, "From the Ground Up," and "Remarkable", all held at the Red Dot Gallery; "Trickster" at the Los Alamos Fuller Lodge Art Center; and entry into the University of New Mexico Law School "Not for Profit" Gallery. She participates in the Santa Fe Studio Tour, held the last weekend in June of each year, and holds additional Open Houses and Studio Tours for those on her mailing list. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Mexico.


  • FOCUS ON CHANGE - Through her layered
  • abstract paintings and her bold watercolors
  • Melinda explores the tensions between the past and
  • due to natural
  • political and personal forces. This website repres


  • Melinda Silver incorporates her years as a commerc
  • acrylic
  • mixed media and encaustic wax and photo impression