Melinda Barnadas

Course Title: Borderland Reporters: An Investigation & Book Publication with Actual Hot Air Balloon Construction

Melinda Barnadas is a graduate of UCSD’s Visual Arts MFA Program. She is a co-artist and co-founder of the international art entity, Collective Magpie. “Magpie” has produced synergistic public art works and events in a broad range of integrated media, aimed at inspiring interaction and wonder in galleries and public spaces throughout North America. Melinda’s education includes earning her BFA in Painting/Art and Technology from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Visual Arts Studies in Regional History at Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico.

  • Graduate Student Instructor, UC San Diego
  • Theatrical Prop Designer/Fabricator, La Jolla Playhouse
  • Museum Preparator, San Diego Museum of Art
  • Biological Model Builder, Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Commercial Muralist (photorealist), Independent Contractor
  • BFA in Painting/Art & Technology from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • MFA in Visual Arts, UC San Diego
  • Green Light course, High Tech High, San Diego, CA
  • Crystal course, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
  • Flight course, Mesa School for the Arts, Mesa, AZ
  • Giant Paint by Numbers, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Block Grant, UC San Diego
  • Teaching Assistant Grant, UC San Diego
  • ARTS Award, National Foundation for the Advancement in Arts, USA Miniature Arts Society of Florida Award
  • Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago