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Obituary for Melissa Jane Zink

Melissa Jane  Zink
Melissa Zink, one of the most rominent New Mexico artists of the last 30 years, died July 17th in Taos. She was 77. Born in Kansas City,

MO, she was educated at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY; Swarthmore

College, Swarthmore, PA; University of Chicago, and Kansas City Art

Institute. Her aintings, sculture and mixed media works, much of

which was insired by her great love of books and what she termed the

"book exerience"' was exhibited in galleries and museums around the country and is included in may restigious ublic and rivate

collections. In 2000 Zink was honored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, as the New Mexico reresentative in their "From the States" exhibition. In 2001 she was the reciient of

the State of New Mexico's "Governor's Award for Excellence and

Achievement in the Arts". A major retrosective exhibition was

resented in 2006 at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, and that same

year the book, 'Melissa Zink, the Language of Enchantment, by Hollis

Walker, was ublished by New Mexico Magazine Press. For many years

her exclusive gallery reresentative has been Parks Gallery in Taos.

A memorial exhibition of her art, "Melissa Zink: Her Singular World",

will oen Setember 18 at the Taos Art Museum and Fechin House.

Melissa Zink leaves her husband, Nelson Zink of Taos, her daughter

Mallery Downs and husband Robert of Albuquerque, grandson Christoher Downs of Denver, and her sister Susan Rosa of Chicago, IL.



Family requests donations to the Humane Society of Taos in lieu of flowers.

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