Melissa Daubert

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Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Daubert created her first portfolio in eleventh grade earning her a scholarship to study at Columbus College of Art & Design. Focusing primarily on 3D works, she received a BFA in Illustration. After graduation Daubert was invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa where she taught metalworking in rural Zimbabwe. Darning a dress, Daubert inspired the first female students in the school’s history to study metal fabrication.

In 1995 Daubert joined the team building the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. A strong leader and visionary, she was responsible for the design and fabrication of numerous exhibits still part of the museum’s permanent collection including Port Polymer, one of the museum’s key areas for children.

In 2005 Daubert established Interactive Works of Art, a sole proprietorship through which she creates work locally, regionally and nationally for museums, hospitals, theatres, galleries, public spaces, private institutions and individual collections.

Her work is sought after by places of healing and educating and can be found at places like The Gathering Place (Beachwood, Ohio); Phoenix Center (Elyria, Ohio); Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester, New York); Health Works! Kids’ Museum (South Bend, Indiana); Arkansas Museum of Science (Little Rock, Arkansas); Akron Museum of Art and Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron, Ohio). Daubert has been a featured artist at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival of Art & Technology and currently serves on the board for the Ingenuity Festival. She is a Seth Rosenberg Award Winner, a COSE Arts Business and Innovation Awards finalist and a National Arts Program Award recipient. Looking to the future, she leads art education programs for inner-city youth, partnering with community-based arts organizations across northeast Ohio.

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