Push Pull, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 2015

hyphen, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA, 2015

Art Walk 2015: IMAGINE...100!, The Octagon in Sharp Academic Commons, Collegiate School, Richmond, VA, 2015

Photoville Photo Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Future Projections, Auckland Festival of Photography, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014

Nine Five One - Collaborative Exchange, Memphis, TN, 2014

Made in China, The Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Photoville Photo Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

Similar in Essential Aspects; Different in Minor DetailsPingyao International Photography Festival, China, 2013

Parsons The New School of Design, Open Studios, 7 between 2013 - 2015


Awards, Honors, and Publications

Melissa Preston Jessell, CAPTURING STILLNESS IN THE CHAOS, Art of the Journey, 9/19/2016 [http://aotjonline.com/?p=652}

THE BEAUTY OF INESCAPABLE CHANGE: Contributions from Melissa Preston, Heart Inspiration, Princella Talley, 2016 [http://amillennialwriter.com/melissa-preston-photo-video-art/]

Fall/Winter Alumni Spotlight Artist: Photographer Melissa Preston, The Collegiate School, Richmond, VA, 2014 - 2015, [http://www.collegiate-va.org/Page/Programs/Arts/Alumni-In-The-Arts]

Excellent Emerging Photography Award - Pingyao International Photography Festival 2013

The Lucie Foundation 2012 Fresh Look - Selected Juried Portfolio Review


Related Work

Co-Producer, Authorship in The Digital Age with Lev Manovich, Richard Chused, Jamie Wilkinson, & David Senior, Panel, New York, NY, 2014

Artist Assistant to Jim Ramer, Director of Parsons MFA Photography Program, 2014 - 2015

Internship and Artist Assistant to Neil Goldberg, New York, NY 2014

Technical Assistant, Parsons The New School of Design, Equipment Resource Center, New York, NY, 2014

Founder & Photographer, Melissa Preston Photography, LLC., Los Angeles and New York, 2009 - 2014


Film and TV Production (Highlights)

America’s Funniest Home Videos, Production Coordinator, Los Angeles, 2012 - 2013

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Script Coordinator, Los Angeles, 2007 - 2012

Broken Lizard’s The Slammin’ Salmon, Production Assistant, Los Angeles, 2007/2008

New Line Cinema’s Pride and Glory, Office Production Assistant, Los Angeles, 2007

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Super Bowl Special, Miami, 2007

QuantUM Entertainment Shorts, Director of Photography, Miami, 2007

QuantUM Entertainment Shorts, Director, Miami, 2006



Parsons The New School of Design - MFA in Photography, August 2015

The University of Miami - Bachelor of Science in Communication: Motion Pictures and Bachelor of Arts: Theater Arts, 2007

University of California Los Angeles- Extension Program - Photography Courses with Scott Stulberg & George Simian, 2009/2013

Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), Prague, 2005