Melissa Gamez-Herrera is an interdisciplinary artist who works in photography, bookmaking, printmaking, and other multimedia practices. She is from San Antonio, TX and earned a BA in Art and Art History from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY in 2014. While at Colgate, Melissa realized her love of the arts and its ability to speak to the human condition. She decided to pursue art using photography as a medium through which to speak on issues of identity, community, and justice. She does this through research of events related to violations of human rights and grapples with the way art can interpret and create a pathway to collective healing. Her images often depict home and portraiture to challenge the way marginalized people are often viewed through a socialy dominant American perspective. Melissa has participated in exhibitions at the Fort Worth Cultural Arts Center, Mantle Art Gallery in San Antonio, TX, Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.She has recently graduated from the University of North Texas with an MFA in Studio Art photography.