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Melissa Wagner Lawler

Teaching Faculty II, Print & Narrative Forms

First Year Program & Retention Coordinator, Art & Design


MFA, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design


Melissa Wagner-Lawler is an interdisciplinary artist and Associate Lecturer in the Print & Narrative Forms department and the First Year Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2002 and Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2007, both with an emphasis in printmaking. Her primary media is artist books using letterpress and other printmaking techniques, investigating the destruction of language and communication in the digital environment. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts. Her book and print work is held in numerous collections, including the University of Utah, UW-Milwaukee, the University of Washington, and Savannah College of Art & Design - Atlanta. Currently residing in Milwaukee, she keeps an active studio practice and exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally.

Recent Work

  • In the Event of Moon Disaster, 2014
    In the Event of Moon Disaster, 2014