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Melanie Allred


Melanie Allred was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Master of Arts in Comparative Studies (Art History emphasis) from Brigham Young University. Her thesis explored Rembrandt’s use of light in his late self-portraits as evidence of his engagement with the philosophy of René Descartes. While she loves Rembrandt and the 17th-century Dutch Republic, what fascinates her most about art is discovering how creative objects hold and communicate the full range of conscious, subconscious, and unconscious human experience. Professionally, Melanie has been an independent art curator since 2014, taught Art History as an adjunct professor at BYU, and is currently employed at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art as a Curator. Outside of art and academic pursuits, she enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, strength training, restoring her energy in the greatest artwork of all—nature—and is mastering the martial arts of Danzan-ryū Jujitsu and Kali.

Favorite MOA Artwork: 

The one I’m looking at! Every artwork holds a story and every artwork has something to teach me. It isn’t the artwork itself that I love. It’s the intimate conversation between myself and the artwork that is my favorite!

Favorite thing about the MOA:

My favorite thing about working at the MOA is that I get to spend my time learning about art, history, what it means to be human and then find creative ways to share my insights with others. I hope that what I contribute broadens perspectives and encourages others to find joy as they navigate the paradox of life.