Melissa Delzio gives presentation on graphic design at SUU
Melissa Delzio’s “Bust a Bucket” poster designed as a part of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers’ Gameday Poster Series for the 2017–18 season (left) and a poster designed for “Oregon Reads Aloud,” an illustrated children’s book designed for nonprofit organization SMART in honor of its 25th anniversary, courtesy of Southern Utah University.

Graphic designer and illustrator Melissa Delzio will speak at SUU’s Art Insights lecture series Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Southern Utah Museum of Art. Delzio will share her professional knowledge and experience in print and interactive work for international brands, local businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2008, Delzio founded Our Portland Story, a publication that celebrates the Portland, Oregon area through the collaboration of 140 authors and illustrators. In 2009, she established Meldel, an independent design firm that specializes in print and interactive design.

She currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Portland State University and as volunteer creative director at p:ear, a Portland-based organization that offers homeless youth a safe space, education, art, recreation, job training, and food. She has traveled internationally with USAID Partners of the Americas to volunteer her design services in Haiti and Colombia.

“As an independent designer, side projects are crucial,” Delzion said in an interview with Design Feaster. “The most obvious reason is that they give you a creative outlet to express ideas through a different medium. You become free to make mistakes, take risks, and practice new skills. One of the best ways to get the type of paying work you want is to do the work for yourself first, and share it with the world.”

“Melissa Delzio’s artistry, along with her dedication towards using her talents to embolden others makes her an excellent role model for students and professionals alike,” said Benjamin Kirkby, assistant professor of graphic design at SUU. “Her collaborative work seeks to strengthen her community and make it a friendlier place to live. She is one of those rare individuals who wields her incredible talent to make the world a better place instead of focusing on expanding a business.”

Art Insights is hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s art and design faculty. Students and community members meet to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from across the nation who share their work and insights.

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