Education: The Ohio State University, BA English Literature,  Studied under Deb Schwedhelm, "Breaking the Mold" & Roxanne Bryant, "Editing for Artists; A Color Theory Intensive", Heather Robinson, “ The Family Historian”

Awards

The Hahnemuhle Award, The Center for Fine Art Photography, 2018, Portfolio Showcase 11

Selected for “Most Interesting Photobooks 2018” - The Photobook Journal

Selected for “Photobooks of 2018” - 10x10 Photobooks

Representation of Artist Books: Le Plac’Art Photo, Paris, France

Exhibitions

2019

The Center for Fine Art Photography, “Black and White”, Juror, Geoffrey Koslov

Photoplace Gallery, “Water”, Online Exhibition, Juror, Elizabeth Avedon

2018

Photoplace Gallery, "Black and White", Juror, Sandrine-Hermand Grisel

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO , "Fly Away" series included in the Portfolio Showcase Volume 11, Juror, Cathy Kimball

 http://www.c4fap.org/portfolio-showcase/volume-11/

 

Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont  "Myths, Legends, and Dreams" Juror, Amy Holmes-George

SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina " Shades of Black and White" Juror, Susan Burnstine

2017

 A Smith Gallery,  "Summertime" Juror,  Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Photoplace Gallery,  "Honoring Trees" Juror, Laura Valenti

2016

Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, "Personal Narrative" Juror, Susan Burnstine

The Center For Fine Art Photography, "Dreams" Juror, Jennifer DeCarlo http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/dreams2016/

PhotoPlace Gallery, "Flight" Juror, Laura Moya http://photoplacegallery.com/flight/

Awarded the Juror's Award

The Cleveland Print Room, "Human Nature" , The Peer Show

2015

 The Center for Fine Art Photography, "Illuminate" Juror, Elizabeth Avedon, http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/illuminate-elizabeth-avedon/

 The Center for Fine Art Photography, "Landscapes" Juror, Chantel Paul, 

Publications

Review of artist book, “Song of the Cicadas” by Douglas Stockdale - The Photobook Journal https://thephotobook.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/melissa-lazuka-song-of-cicadas/

Review of artist book, “Song of the Cicadas” by Sabrina Mandanici - Collector Daily https://collectordaily.com/melissa-lazuka-song-of-the-cicadas/

Review of artist book, “Fly Away” by Douglas Stockdale - The Photobook Journal https://photobookjournal.com/2019/03/30/melissa-lazuka-fly-away/

Photo of the Day, Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, https://www.donttakepictures.com/photo-of-the-day/2018/11/26/melissa-lazuka

Artist of the Month, Fantastically Flawed,  http://fantasticallyflawed.weebly.com/featured-artist/melissa-lazuka