Hello! 

My name is Melissa (meaning "honeybee"). 🐝
I am a freelance designer, illustrator, and current artist-in-residence at Backwater Arts & Gallery in San Jose, California.

You can contact me at
melissalalvey@gmail.com

 
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EDUCATION 

New York University
current | New York, NY
M.A. in Art Therapy 

University of California, Davis cum laude
June 2013 | Davis, CA
B.A. in Design: Visual Communication
double minor in Chinese and Global International Studies 

Russian Academy of Art
Feb. 2014 | Amsterdam, Holland
Certification of Drawing & Painting Course 

Fudan University 
Jan. 2012 | Shanghai, China
Joint University UC-Fudan Program: International Studies with language courses in Mandarin Chinese


SKILLS

Creative 
Painting in Watercolours, Oils, Acrylics
Graphic Design
Illustration
Photography (analog and digital)
Book Anatomy & Bookmaking

Technical
Adobe CS (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
SquareSpace
MS Office Suite
Basic HTML/CSS

Communication & Project Management 
Slack
Trello

Language
Mandarin Chinese (spoken and written)


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

2017
Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship

2016
3rd Prize: Mad Hatter Chair Contest, Anne & Mark’s Art Party

2013
Cal Aggie Outstanding Design Senior of the Year
1st Prize Annual LED Luminaire Design Competition

EXPERIENCE 

Future Youth Records (FYR)
Graphic Designer & Artist
July 2015 – current | San Francisco/Pacifica, CA
Responsible for website design and content management. Designed promotional materials.
 

Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
Graphic Designer & Artist
Sept. 2013 – Mar. 2014 | Germany, China, Japan
Worked with a design team in Herrnhut, Germany creating installations at the YWAM “Water Castle” base. Designed promotional materials and managed weekly events at Small Gallery 4 in Suzhou, China. Volunteered with artists assisting temporary housing units in northern Japan. 


Hope Dies Last
Graphic Designer
Sept. – Nov. 2013 | Germany
Researched human trafficking in Eastern Europe and created various infographic displays for Hope Dies Last (HDL). Designed promotional stickers for the OBJECT Conference in Hamburg. 


California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)
Graphic & Lighting Designer
June 2012 – Aug. 2013 | Davis, CA
Designed various outreach materials including brochures, posters, and web banners. Created and photographed demonstration spaces specific to CLTC studies.
Specified luminaires, organized fixture schedules, and created prototype circadian sensitive LED fixtures for the Honda Smart Home


Shields Library, UC Davis
Rare Book Preservation Assistant
July 2010 – June 2012 | Davis, CA
Conserved rare books and library resources. Preservation techniques included bookbinding, paper repair, leather consolidation, and the construction of protective book housings.