Melinda Whitmore received her MFA cum laude in painting from the New York Academy of Art and BA degrees in Art History and Studio Art from Indiana University. She held an assistant curatorial position in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago and sculpts anatomical models for many of the country's top anatomical supply companies.
Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, American Artist Drawing magazine, Poets&Artists, the Art Renewal Center, Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual, and numerous exhibitions from New York to Chicago. In 2008, Melinda won the top prize for The National Sculpture Society's Figure Sculpture Competition and in 2010 was awarded the Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize for Classical Sculpture by the National Sculpture Society. In 2014, she was awarded a Purchase Prize by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Contemporary Realism Biennial and in 2016, was a semifinalist for the prestigious BP Portrait award. In 2017, she won an Exceptional Merit Award for Sculpture from the Portrait Society of America, and earlier this year, the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain took possession of two of Melinda’s sculptures for their permanent collection.
Melinda teaches anatomical drawing and écorché at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, at the University of Illinois Chicago Biomedical Visualization Department, and in the Medical Humanities department at Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine. She is also co-founder and principle instructor at Vitruvian Fine Art Studio in Chicago with her husband, painter David Jamieson, where they place a strong emphasis on artistic anatomical training alongside traditional painting, drawing and sculpture practices.