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  • February, 2022: My small clay sculptures began being carried in the gift shop of the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.
  • December, 2021: The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum has notified me that my original clay & acrylic art canvas titled “Firebird” has been curated into its annual Invitational. This is a regional art competition which will be on exhibit in the museum from February 4, 2022 – May 22, 2022.
  • December, 2021: My artwork has been published in a wonderful, illustrated coffee table poetry book titled “Living Large” by Earl Large.
  • November, 2021:  My small clay sculptures and clay wall art began being carried in the gift shop of Terra Studios.  Terra Studios is an established art destination for art gifts, outdoor art walks, and artist residencies, located in Durham, AR. Their website is: https://usingart.org/
  • September, 2021:  My art illustrated a book cover for an Amazon Best Seller in its category, “Dairy Hollow Echo”.  It is an Anthology of writings from the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, AR
  • September, 2021:  Curated into Visionary Arts Studio in Eureka Springs, AR. Visionary Arts Studio is an art teaching studio and exhibit gallery.
  • May, 2021: Awarded 1st Place in the Art of Possibilities art show in Minneapolis, mixed media category. The annual Art of Possibilities art show is sponsored by Courage Kenny Institute. (Both canvases I submitted sold.)
  • May, 2021:  Curated into Fenix Arts Gallery & Artists Collective in Fayetteville, AR. Fenix is a volunteer arts organization run by artists for artists.
  • April, 2021: Curated into the ANA Gallery in Rogers, AR, operated by the Artists of Northwest Arkansas organization. The ANA is a volunteer visual arts organization run by artists for artists.
  • April, 2021:  My art was included in eMerge Magazine’s Spring Issue, published by the Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow.  https://emerge-writerscolony.org/whirlwind/
  • March, 2021:  Solo art exhibit at the Boone County Public Library. Twenty eight art pieces were on exhibit for the month of March.
  • January, 2021: My art was included in eMerge Magazine’s Winter Issue, published by the Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow. https://emerge-writerscolony.org/bravery-shattered-it/
  • November, 2020:  Approved by Bentonville based NWA Girl Gang to be part of
  • their organization for Northwest Arkansas Creatives.
  • September, 2020:  Featured artist in art exhibit on display at the Eclectic Kitchen restaurant in Fayetteville, AR, September – November.
  • July, 2020:  Approached by MJR Gallery in London, UK, about having my art in their online gallery. Here is a link to my art in their gallery: https://www.mjrgallery.com/melissa-milton
  • July, 2020:  Approved by Walmart to sell my art miniatures online on their website.
  • April, 2020:  Invited by the Arkansas Ballroom Company to permanently install my art in their ballroom.  Unfortunately, the ballroom shortly closed for COVID thereafter. The owners and I remain in touch, with plans to move forward with the permanent art installation when we are closer to normal ballroom activity resuming.
  • April, 2020:  Art published in British GQ magazine, influenced by it having appeared in British Vogue previously. https://youtu.be/acxKl0L4VhA
  • March, 2020:  Solo exhibit of 20 art pieces at Bentonville Public Library. The exhibit was, unfortunately, cut short by the COVID Pandemic. The Library closed the following week for COVID (and, as a side note, hanging the art there is most likely where I caught COVID myself, which months later inspired my painting “Lung Battlefield”). The Library has kindly said they plan on re-inviting me back in 2021 for a new exhibit.
  • March, 2020:  Art Juried again into the Courage Kenny annual charitable fundraiser in Minneapolis. (Both giclée canvases sold.)
  • February, 2020:  Invited by the Rogers, Arkansas Aloft Hotel to continue displaying my art in their lobby. We switched out the abstracts that I had on display there since June, 2019 with sea creature art.
  • January, 2020:  Interviewed by tv station 40/29 about having my art published in British Vogue. https://youtu.be/Yfr084N0cwQ
  • January, 2020:  Art published in British Vogue magazine after they saw my art on Instagram.  https://youtu.be/d_W-4c-BCO
  • January, 2020: Interviewed by artist Karen Ajuha for two podcasts about my inspiration for making art and my journey of learning how to make giclée prints:  https://open.spotify.com/episode/6pybFVT6wjtYD8gi6LzGOE and https://anchor.fm/karen-spinnenweber-ahuja/episodes/Part-2-interview-with-Melissa-Milton-e9c216 .
  • December, 2019:  Crystal Bridges Museum included my video footage of underwater art photography in its on site “Mobile Phone Film Festival”. https://crystalbridges.org/filmfestival/
  • November, 2019:  Included among the artists interviewed by tv station 40/29 about how art mixes with technology nowadays to create new types of art  https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/nov/10/artists-integrate-technology-into-creat/?news-arkansas-nwa
  • October, 2019:  Asked to design the annual Holiday Card for a nationwide charity, the Dysautonomia Support Network.
  • September, 2019:  Featured artist in Art Ventures gallery exhibit, September 5th – November 3rd.
  • August, 2019:  Interviewed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about my art. https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/aug/25/three-minutes-three-questions-with-arti/
  • August, 2019:  Juried into Bastion Gallery’s “Relevance” exhibit, Fort Smith, AR.  Exhibition runs August 9th- August 24th, 2019.
  • July, 2019:  One of three Regional artists selected by the Aloft Hotel (Rogers-Bentonville, AR) for having art canvases displayed in the lobby for six months. Time frame:  July, 2019 – December, 2019.  (Ended up extended an extra year, with additional art from me).
  • July, 2019:  Received an unsolicited request by Springdale, AR restaurant Mothership to display artwork on its walls, and agreed to do so.
  • July, 2019:  Approved by the Bentonville, AR Chamber of Commerce for sponsorship by a local business for its quarterly City of Bentonville Art Stroll.
  • July, 2019:  Artwork juried by curator into the Horses for Healing Fundraiser at Sassafras Vineyard & Winery, Springdale, AR.
  • July, 2019:  Artwork included in Vol. 14 of Spotlight Contemporary Art Magazine.
  • June, 2019 – February, 2021:  Representation by Art Ventures gallery and art studios, Fayetteville, AR.
  • June 2019:  Published in Studio Visit Magazine’s Juried Volume 43
  • June, 2019: Included in Vol. 43 of Studio Visit Magazine, which is received by two thousand curators and gallerists throughout the Country as well as a growing base of collectors and enthusiasts. The artwork was jurored in by the Senior Curator of Newport Museum, Lisa Francine Weiss
  • June, 2019:  Became one of the featured artists in Circle Foundation for the Arts online magazine. https://circle-arts.com/melissa-milton/
  • June, 2019:  One of approximately 15 Northwest Arkansas artists displaying artwork at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks annual “Art in the Garden” event.
  • May, 2019:  “All Creatures Great & Small” Art Show hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, AR
  • May, 2019:  Juried into Emergent Art Gallery’s “Overview Effect: An Exhibition of Artwork Inspired by Space”, Hot Springs, AR. Exhibition runs June-July, 2019.
  • May, 2019:  Honorable Mention Award in J. Mane Gallery’s juried “Fins, Fur, and Feathers” online exhibit.
  • April, 2019:  Featured Artist with ten paintings on exhibit in Local Color Gallery’s “Color Theory” 4th Anniversary Art Show, Fayetteville, AR.
  • April, 2019:  Juried into the Courage Kenny Foundation’s “Art of Possibilities” Art Show & Sale, Minneapolis, MN
  • March, 2019:  Juried into the Las Lagunas Gallery’s art exhibit “Women in Art”, Laguna Beach, California 
  • February, 2019:  Began learning how to print my own giclée canvases and wrap them. (I no longer can drive, so being able to print on site is very practical, plus I can get the colors to perfection.)
  • February 2019:  Juried into the Third Annual Colors Competition hosted online by Fusion Art gallery in Palm Springs.
  • February 2019:  Juried into The Contemporary Art Exchange art gallery’s art show, “Menagerie – Wild and Wonderful” exhibit, Washington, NC.
  • February 2019:  Award Winning Art exhibited at Art Reception hosted by EveryLife Foundation in Washington, DC for its Art Competition winners.
  • January 2019: Illustrated the short story “Wishing Birds” by Debra Groves Harman in the Open Journal of Arts & Letters.
  • January 2019: Selected as Artist of the Month by Dysautonomia Support Network and interviewed for their blog. https://www.dysautonomiasupport.org/single-post/2019/01/11/Artist-of-the-Month–Melissa-M
  • January 2019:  “People” Art Show hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, AR
  • December 2018: Juried into the Open Journal of Arts & Letters online gallery of art, poetry, and literature.
  • December 2018: 2018 Award winner, Digital Art/Photography Category, Rare Artist Contest sponsored by the EveryLife Foundation.
  • December 2018: Juried into the Stage Eighteen Gallery’s Small Works Art Show, Fayetteville, AR
  • September 2018:  Illustrated magazine short story for Mensa Bulletin, Sept. 2018 issue
  • September 2018:  Juried into Artists of Northwest Arkansas Regional Show, Fayetteville, AR
  • September 2018: Juried into Artist Table online 30th Exhibition.
  • June 2018:  Juried into Art Ventures Gallery group display of Portrait Session Art, Fayetteville, AR
  • May 2018:  Artists of Northwest Arkansas ANA Member Show, Rogers, Arkansas
  • April 2018: Juried into the Intersections Art Exhibition, Stage Eighteen, Fayetteville, AR
  • March 2018: Magdalene Serenity House Art Auction, Fayetteville, AR
  • March 2018:  OMNI Center Goddess Festival Art Exhibit, Fayetteville, AR
  • Summer, 2017:  Began painting, due to having become disabled a year earlier. Figured out how to paint lying down.