Melissa Gamez-Herrera



2017 - 2020

M.F.A. Candidate in Studio Art Photography, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

2009 - 2014

B.A. Art & Art History, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY



The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Coronavirus Relief Award, Dallas Museum of Art


J. Robert Egar Photography Scholarship

Society of Photographic Education Portfolio Throwdown Winner

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Fund Project Winner


College of Visual Arts and Design Student Project Award

J. Robert Egar Photography Scholarship

University of North Texas, Toulhouse Graduate School Tuition Award


Joann Elliott Bond Memorial Scholarship, University of North Texas



here, they think it's a desert: solo exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Social Landscapes, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Pernicious Blue: A Group Exhibition, Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX

The Book as Art v7.0: Wonders Exhibition, Decatur Library, Decatur, GA

Aquí / Ahora, Fort Worth Cultural Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX


Family Reunion with Latino Hustle: Brindis, Fort Worth Cultural Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

Ink in Common, UNT Union Gallery, Denton, TX

Graduate Pathways Exhibition, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, Fort Worth, TX


Society for Photographic Education Exhibition, Cultivate 7twelve, Waco, TX

Sculpture Graduate Show, Lightwell Gallery, University of North Texas

Field Notes, Lightwell Gallery, University of North Texas

Juried Exhibitions


TEXAS NOW: 2020 Texas Juried Exhibition, Artspace III, Fort Worth, TX and online exhibition


Excavations; Sanctuary (Best in Show), Juried by Alex Ebstein, Mantle Art Space, San Antonio, TX


Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood, Juried by Deborah Willis, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

#tpsNewVisions, Juried by Kenda North, Tammy Cromer Gallery, Dallas, TX


Roth, Jordan, “Ep 43. Melissa Gamez-Herrera.” (Video interview). Dallaesthetic Podcast, January 30, 2020.

Rodriguez, Raúl. “Melissa Gamez-Herrera: Work From the Border.” Deep Red Press, August 29, 2019.

Wright, Charles. “Check Out Melissa Gamez’s Artwork.” (online interview). Voyage Dallas, September 19, 2018.

Professional Experience


Graduate Student Photographer for Portal to Texas History, Digital Projects Unit, Willis Library, University of North Texas


Photo Documentation Assistant, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas

Teaching Assistant Design 2, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas



“Women Workers of the Borderlands.” Melissa Gamez-Herrera, Contemporary Arts Dealers of Dallas Fund, Dallas, TX, March, 24.


Graduate Pathways Exhibition Artist Talk. Melissa Gamez-Herrera, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX, January


Gamez-Herrera, Melissa and Willis, Shannon. “Hidden Gems: A Partnership between the Digitization Lab and Photography Studio Art at UNT.” Presented for the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. May 22, 2019.
Melissa Gamez-Herrera © 2020