Melissa Myser, MFA


Assistant Professor of Communication Arts

B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Studio Art, 2011
BFA, University of Colorado Boulder, Film Studies, 2011
MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago, Moving Image, 2014
Office Location
Taylor Hall 220B


How did you discover Western?

As a Colorado native, originally from the Western Slope, I've known about Western my whole life. After finishing grad school in Chicago, I was delighted to see an opening at Western and return to my home.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

My films have shown widely across the U.S., including Moviate Film Festival, Columbia Gorge Film Festival, Southern Colorado Film Festival and Grand Junction Film Festival to list a few. Additionally my work has appeared in the Woman Made Gallery, Gallery 400 and Chicago Art Department Gallery in Chicago. My artist book, "Tales of a Western Spider," is also in the permanent collection at the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.

What most excites you about your field?

The ever-changing landscape of filmmaking at this point in time is extremely exciting. Never before have we seen such a diverse range of films, stories and makers as we are right now. Not only is this exciting for me as a cinephile, and studier of films, but also as a maker.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

The great hiking and beautiful landscape of the Gunnison Valley are unmatched.