Melissa Toberer grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where she attended art school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She completed a BFA degree with an emphasis in printmaking in 2004. Melissa’s current work focuses on representational art, including botanicals, animals, and people. While she loves working realistically, a more stylized approach is often demonstrated in some of her figurative drawings and paintings.
Melissa’s artwork was accepted in juried exhibitions at the UNO Art Gallery where she was an award recipient in the spring and fall semesters of 2003. Other group exhibitions include her graduating thesis exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery in 2004, and the 3rd, 4th, and 10th Annual Life Drawing Exhibitions at Omaha’s Hot Shops Gallery. In 2012 Melissa held a solo exhibition at Lauritzen Gardens displaying many of her botanical illustrations. She went on to show her botanical art in a traveling group exhibition titled, “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps.” Most recently, in 2015, her work was accepted in the American Society of Botanical Artists 18th Annual International Juried Exhibition in New York, where her illustration of “Iris germanica” was awarded the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Award for a Print or Drawing.