Melissa Messina is an independent curator, curatorial advisor, and curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate. She has curated solo shows for such esteemed female artists as Uta Barth, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Maya Lin, Clare Rojas, Shinique Smith and Ursula Von Rydingsvard to name a few; and she has also authored essays on numerous women artists including: Candida Alvarez, Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Trish Tillman, among others. She has been a recent guest curator at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA, and was the co-curator of the 2018 and 2020 Bermuda Biennials.

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