Melissa Culley, a native Californian, grew up in San Marino, Ca and started her art career while working toward a biology degree at Chapman College ‘72 when she got involved in sculpture and ceramics… left to live in Sun Valley, Idaho for several years only to return to So. California and return to school again getting pulled back into art – photography and painting at Crafton College, AA ‘78, then a BA ‘80 from Cal State San Bernardino in painting and printmaking. Returning to school to take computer classes, she once again was captivated by ceramics at Riverside City College, 1999 to present. Melissa is currently teaching art/ceramics to children at Riverside Art Museum and participating in art/craft shows around California. Melissa has also been involved with San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, board member & editor of the Western Meadowlark, activist/lobbyist for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Coalition, the Sierra Club, World Wildlife, Wilderness Society, InlandPlanet.org, 34million friends, and UNFPA.