Melissa Hackmann has been keeping sketchbooks for as long as she can remember. With a background in graphic design, writing and sketching out ideas was how she worked out her thoughts on a project. Several sketchbooks later, she began to make them herself and fill them with lists, bits of found paper, images, drawings, directions, observations of daily life, and travel. She hasn't put her book down yet, finding that they're filled with endless ideas for her artwork.
With a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, she has continued her studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. She served as Adjunct Faculty in the Fine Art and Graphic Design department at the Corcoran College for five years. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington DC.