Philosophy/Statement: "The diverse cultures of the world have always been my inspiration. I believe it is important to know our world—the whole world— and the people in it.  By experiencing other places and customs, we put our own life into context and gain a deeper appreciation of all lives. I believe travel makes history and art, literature and architecture real. It helps us see the beauty of everyday life everywhere. As we appreciate cultural differences, we also learn that basically all  people, everywhere are the same."

Education/Experience: Barbara earned a graduate degree in Art History from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Crite Prize in the Humanities for her research thesis on the American artist/illustrator Frank Vincent du Mond. (She is currently working on a book about Mr. DuMond.)

She was the founding editor and publisher of ArtsAround Boston magazine and has written hundreds of articles about the arts and artists for publications including American Art Review, American Style, Ceramics Monthly, FibreArts, Sculptural Pursuits, NAACP’s New Crisis, Boston Globe, Orientations, and other regional, national and international arts magazines. She also wrote the internationally syndicated column: ArtSmart Travels and a bi-monthly column for Renaissance magazine.

For more than 20 years, she instructed youths and adults in her Young Artists Studio in Massachusetts. She has also conducted workshops in printing, drawing, Asian Brush painting and writing in North Carolina.

She has been a gallery curator, an arts lecturer, and an award winning poet and essayist. She has walked the Great Wall of China, ridden a camel in Egypt, marveled at the Parthenon and Pantheon, climbed Machu Picchu and stood in awe of Angkor Watt in Cambodia. 

In 2016, she established SouthHouse Studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she participated in several art associations (Associated Artists, AFAS, Printmakers of NC), was juried member of Artworks Gallery, and exhibited in one-woman shows, including SECCA (South East Center for Contemporary Art), Duke University, Raleigh, Cary and Alamance Arts Council Galleries, Central Carolina Community College/Charlotte, Red Dog Gallery and Artworks Gallery. She received the Art Pop/Arts Council Award (Art Billboard for a year 2018), and a North Carolina/Forsyth County Arts Council Grant 2022. She exhibited at PTI International Airport in Greensboro. 

She recently moved to the Aston Mills/ Media Arts area outside Philadelphia. In her new home studio, she paint and creates prints of the world around her and images from around the world.

Professional Memberships: (past and present)
The Boston Printmakers (juried member)
International Mezzotint Society/IMS (juried member)
PrintAustin Printmakers
Oil Painters of America/ OPA (juried member)
Women Painters of the Southeast (juried member)
Printmakers of North Carolina
Artworks Gallery, Winston Salem (juried member/Executive Board)
Associated Artists of Winston Salem (juried member)
Muddy River Art Association
Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh
The AFAS (Art for Arts Sake) Group, Winston Salem
Yadkin (NC) Arts Center, Artist Member
Art-O-Mat artist
DADA Art Collective (juried member) 
Winston Salem Writers (Board Member)
Visual Index 

On Facebook and Instagram @ SouthHouse Studio

Press/ News 
WFDD/PBS Radio Camp Interview by Isabelle Ferguson

Southeast Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)

Lunaria: Carborundum Mezzotints and Haikus/ Triad City Beat
touchable moonbeams" article in Triad City Beat, March 2021


High Shelf Literary and Art Publication XXll, 2020  Featured Artist (pages 11-21)

Capturing the Essence of Nature, newspaper article 2019

Simple Elegance Exhibit/ Mebane Arts Center 2019

Prints Charming: talk about printmaking at Mint Hill Arts (Charlotte, NC)

Heads up, by Lynn Felder, article about the Artpop Billboards. 

Art in the Sky, Winston Salem Monthly. Article about the ArtPop Billboard winners.

PTI Art Tour/Brochure 2019

Triad Arts Weekend, Radio Interview (NPR station WFDD).  The whole hour is interesting, but if you want to hear my interview, it begins about 23 minutes in to the show. (You can move the marker to that point.) Thanks to David Ford for his usual, wonderfully comfortable interview style.  

Artist Profile: Winston-Salem Journal
Thanks to Kathy Norcross Watts for this lovely Artist Profile article on me.

Artist Article: Winston-Salem Chronicle
Thanks to editor Judie Holcomb-Pack for inviting this piece.

Willard and Maple Literary and Art Magazine, XX, 2019 (pages 73-76)

Alamance (NC) Arts Council exhibit
Gallery Talk, Alamance Arts Council, Freewheelin' exhibit 

SECCA exhibit, 2021, Exhibit of Etchings


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The Art and Writing of Barbara Rizza Mellin