Melanie Mowinski

Professor, Fine and Performing Arts

Melanie Mowinski
(413) 662-5264
Bowman Hall Rm 322E


M.A.R., Yale University

M.F.A., University of the Arts in Philadelphia

Courses Taught

About me

Melanie Mowinski is a designer, artist, educator, and activist.

Her artwork balances hyper control & very specific rules with experimental investigations in her letterpress and book art work often in the form of one-of-a-kind books housed in unusual and traditional enclosures. Her books under the imprint PRESS • 29 PRESS are in private and public collections including Williams College, Yale University, Colorado College, Denison University Library, Lafayette College, The Newark Museum, Baylor University, The University of Iowa, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Ohio University, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Ruth Hughes Collection at Oberlin College, Tate Modern Museum of Art in London, Simon Fraser University, Cornell University, UCLA, USC, Emory University, Lafayette College, Library of Congress, Smithsonian American Art & Portrait Gallery Library and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In 2011, Mowinski founded PRESS: Letterpress as a Public Art Project on Main Street in North Adams, MA, a hybrid gallery, teaching, and studio in a storefront that centered around an operating Vandercook. PRESS thrived on Main Street until October 2015 when PRESS transitioned to its location on the MCLA campus where it now emerges from time to time with its mobile letterpress PRESS on the MOVE!

In 2017 she completed The 50 Card Project: a year of letterpress cards printed every week from Inauguration Day to the end of 2017. This project was directly inspired by the statement liberty and justice for all. She brings her commitment to civic engagement to collaborative projects, partnerships, and activities in her local, national, and international communities.

Office hours

Sabbatical Fall 22-Spring 23