Melissa Airy is originally from Cedar Rapids, IA. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she receive her BFA in performance art and BA in art education. After graduation, she worked as an art educator at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School and Columbus Catholic High School in Waterloo, IA. While teaching, Melissa also worked to establish her personal studio practice. Melissa has now returned to being a student at the University of Iowa as an MFA candidate studying intermedia art while working as a TA. Melissa is currently using intermedia methods to explore her relationship to her faith and how she can translate these experiences to the secular world.