mwashburn_selfieMelissa Washburn is an artist/illustrator/graphic designer based just outside Chicago in Northwest Indiana. She grew up in upstate New York, but has lived in the Midwest since 1996. She creates layered, expressive mixed-media illustrations, often inspired by nature.

Melissa holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from Binghamton University (SUNY) and an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University Bloomington, and has completed several Illustration classes through the Continuing Education program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a 2012-2013 recipient of an Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. She is also a member of the Graphic Artists Guild, worked as Art Director for Group 7even in Valparaiso, IN for two years, and is one of the founders of CSA Valpo, a unique co-op buying program for local art and artists.

For inquiries about purchasing or commissioning original artwork, please contact me directly. In Northwest Indiana, fine art work is available through Society Collection in Valparaiso and Thaddeus C. Gallery in La Porte.

A limited number of prints and original pieces are available online in my Etsy Shop.

Melissa Washburn Art + Design
(219) 916-6893


Spirituality & Health Magazine
The Engangered Species Print Project
| Chicago, IL and Newark, DE
Inspired Living Magazine
| Munster, IN
Hudson Valley Seed Library
| Accord, NY 
Keweenaw Coffee Works
| Calumet, MI
Group 7even | Valparaiso, IN
Tina Porter | Valparaiso, IN
Josh Holmes | Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events | Valparaiso, IN


Chadwick Cannon Agency | Nashville, TN
JBH Productions | Valparaiso, IN
Group 7even | Valparaiso, IN
Lutheran Life Communities | Arlington Heights, IL
American Greyhound | Northwest Indiana
Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events | Valparaiso, IN
Health Promotion Associates | Scranton, PA
Watermark & Company | Austin, TX

Get Spicy: 30 HOT Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World by They Draw and Cook

Slithers and Scales of Inspiration: The Reptile Art Project, 2016 Out of Step Books

Over Herea showcase of Northwest Indiana creatives, 2014

Feathers of Inspiration: The Bird Art Project, 2014 Out of Step Books

Recipient of Indiana Arts Commission
Individual Artist Program Grant

Juror’s Merit Award
South Shore Arts 2007 Salon Show
Munster, IN