“Why should we all use our creative power ... ? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland
Just think what the world might be like... how much the world might change... if every artist used her or his gift to change people's minds and open people's minds for change. To start conversations around climate change, racism, threatened species, pollution, violence, sexism, poverty and more.
I see it as our responsibility to enable change, as well as our privilege. Artists have been given the ability to see things differently, and to help others see. I aspire to encourage empathy for those who do not have a voice, so that Earth and all of its inhabitants – plants and animals – are treated with respect. I hope to inspire more artists to do the same.
Most recently an award-winning Creative Director in Chicago, Melanie Oliva uses her honed aesthetic and conceptual skills to advocate for the earth and its inhabitants. She combines realism, impressionism and design to create pieces that celebrate nature while promoting the importance of conservation. While originally from Nashville, Melanie and her husband have also lived in Amsterdam, Chicago and now Miami. She has won over 30 awards for art direction including multiple Addy and Reggie Awards.
Artist & Founder of Inspiration Pollination & The Artful Activist, Miami, FL, 2015-present. Created two online communities and worldwide movements that uses art to affect positive change in environmental and social consciousness.
Biscayne Park Public Art Advisory Board Member, Miami, FL, 2015-2016.
Catapult Marketing (Epsilon), Chicago, IL, 2012-2014. Creative Director: Promotions and shopper marketing for Kraft’s Capri Sun, Crystal Light, MiO, Kool-Aid, Country Time and Tang.
Ryan Partnership (Epsilon), Chicago, IL, 2010-2012. Creative Director: 3/12-8/12. Promotions and shopper marketing for Wrigley’s Life Savers, Starburst, Skittles, Extra, Orbit and 5 Gum and Energizer’s Edge and Skintimate. Associate Creative Director: 4/10-3/12. Promotions and shopper marketing for GlaxoSmithKline’s TUMS, Breathe Right and Abreva; Energizer’s Edge and Skintimate; and Bel’s Mini Babybel, Boursin, Laughing Cow Wedges and Merkts.
s2 marketing, Chicago, IL, 2009-2010. Associate Creative Director.
Symmetri Marketing Group, Chicago, IL, 2004-2009. Associate Creative Director: 8/07-4/09. Senior Art Director, 7/04-8/07.
iParenting Media, Chicago, IL, 2003-2004. Design Manager.
designworks, Amsterdam, 2002-2003. Self-employed Graphic Designer and Artist.
Rotary International, Chicago, IL, 2001. Graphic Designer.
Baer Design Group, Chicago, IL, 1999-2001. Graphic Designer/Project Manager.
Miami University of Ohio, BFA, Graphic Design, May 1999
2017 Accepted to Still They Persist traveling exhibit | Featured Alumni Artist at FRA's 2017 Art Showcase | Accepted to Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election online exhibit
2016 Featured in ArtPeople Gallery, Planted In Miami Podcast and The Avant-Garde | “9th Annual Everglades Awareness Benefit” Digital Exhibitor
2015 Accepted to 2016 St. Stephens’ Art Show | “For Everglades” Exhibitor, HARRISART | “LOLA Woman of the Month”, Priscilla Woolworth | Biscayne Park Public Art Advisory Board Member | Featured in Huffington Post, Nashville’s The Williamson Source, Asheville’s Mountain Xpress | “8th Annual Everglades Awareness Benefit” Digital Exhibitor
2014 Bronze Reggie Award, Best Age Specific Promo | Outstanding Achievement, Consumer Goods, Interactive Media Awards
2013 Gold Reggie Award, Best Age Specific Promo | Silver Reggie, Best Gameification | Catapult’s “Pinnacle Award” Winner
2012 Silver Medal, P2Pi’s Design of the Times
2009 Gold Medal, Product Specifications, BMA Tower Awards | Gold Medal, Special Promotions, BMA Tower Awards | Best of Division, Capabilities Brochure, BMA Pro-Comm Awards | Best of Division, Product Specifications, BMA Pro-Comm Awards
2007 Award of Excellence, Websites, BMA Pro-Comm Awards | Award of Excellence, Special Promotions, BMA Pro-Comm Awards
2006 Best of Division, Product Specifications, BMA Pro-Comm Awards | Silver Summit Award, Print Ad | Silver Addy, Product Specifications | Gold Medal, Capabilities Brochure, BMA Tower Awards
2005 STA Chicago Design Archive Inductee | Best of Division, Product Specifications, BMA Pro-Comm Awards | Silver Medal, Capabilities Brochure, BMA Tower Awards | Gold Medal, Websites, BMA Tower Awards | Best of Division, Capabilities Brochure, BMA Pro-Comm Awards
2004 Featured in American Corporate Identity/22, David E. Carter
2003 Featured in Colossal Design, Claire Warmke
2001 Group Exhibition by Local Artists, Chicago | National Logo Winner, Rotary International Centennial Logo | HOW 2001 Self Promotion Design Annual, Merit Winner | HOW 2001 International Design Annual, Merit Winner | Chicago Tribune Diary of a Start-up Logo Winner | Gold Medal, Capabilities Brochure, BMA Tower Awards | Best of Show, Capabilities Brochure, BMA Tower Awards
1999 Exhibitor in Miami University's VAC Juried Art Show