AUSTIN VIBE, (RILEY AND FRIENDS)
2018, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 30 in.
Melanie Hickerson has had a career in art since 1976. She had her first one person exhibit in a book store in Austin, Texas. Then she went to Italy to be an artist.
Ms Hickerson lived In Rome, Italy, for over a year. Ms Hickerson sold miniatures of the ruins in Piazza Navona to tourists. She had a one person exhibit at Teatro Goldoni, "the English theater" as well as private commissions.
In 1980, she returned to Austin, TX, to pursue an art degree at UT at Austin. Ms Hickerson graduated with an MFA in 1985. In 1986, she left Austin to pursue an art career in NYC. In the art scene of NYC, Ms Hickerson developed as an artist. She had some exhibits in various galleries but eventually joined a gallery called Ceres which was the New York Feminist Art Institute at that time. Ms Hickerson had a broad range of experiences, from working as an artist for the City of New York, teaching positions, grants, commissions and exhibits. Ms Hickerson returned to the Central Texas area In April 1999. She is continuing to make and exhibit art while teaching at Austin Community College.