Melissa Furness received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa with minors in sculpture and printmaking. Her work has been most influenced by her experiences of travel, which have included artist’s residencies in Beijing; Mexico City; Ireland; Poland; and Hungary, as well as those in the U.S. at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and Yaddo in upstate New York. Furness regularly exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. She participated in the 2015 Biennial of the Americas, through which she resided in Mexico City as an art ambassador and additionally showed work in the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Karala, India through A.I.R. Gallery of New York. Her work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings Magazine, 303 Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Westword, The Denver Post and others. Furness is an Associate Professor of Art at CU Denver and is currently represented by K Contemporary Art in Denver.