Mel Zimmerman

Imagination, Art, Creativity, Photography, Whimsy, Education


I delight in how whimsical imagination can be.
I pull images from my mind and make them tangible,
anticipating your imagination will come out to play.
I marvel at how imagination can be applied to reality,
to see more clearly, to solve problems, to inspire.
Exercise imagination, until impossible is no longer reality.

I grew up in art studios, libraries, and computer labs. My work history is full of photography, art and design. I have a BFA in Digital Design and MAED in Art Education. I have taught a variety of art classes over the years to all ages. It never ceases to amaze me how closely related the disciplines are, which explains my love of mixed media. I love how there is always more to learn, more techniques to apply in new ways. I recently joined the Omaha Maker Group to explore incorporating more STEM into my art, and while I don't yet know where this path is leading, I am thoroughly fascinated by the possibilities. The only impossibility in this world, that I can conceive, is to stop learning.



Artist and Educator with commended performance teaching visual arts to groups of all ages. Especially passionate about mixed media, photography, technology, and art based research. Facilitates learning with technology, using creative problem solving skills in every aspect of life. Learns quickly through immersion. Enjoys being a helpful and productive member of the community.

  • Work experience

  • No Coast Nerd, LLC.

    Web design, graphic design, photography, consulting, marketing, technical support, Google Apps, social media, business administration, Quickbooks.

  • Arts For All, Inc.

    Art Instructor, Administrative Assistant, Graphics Manager, Project Manager, IT Manager
    Lesson plan design & instruction, curriculum development, instructional resource creation, non-profit administration, graphic design, fundraising, events, Spanish translation, etc. Taught: general art, preschool art, photography, painting, printmaking.

  • themadmel.com

    Photography, graphic design, web design. Phoenix, AZ and Omaha, NE

  • Fitness Insite

    Customer Service, Junior Web Developer
    Technical support, web development, photography, graphic design, content management.

  • University of Phoenix

    Enrollment Counselor
    Customer service, advisement, enrollment, virtual campus tours.

  • Ritz Cameras

    Store Manager
    Photography class instructor, lab technician, customer service, sales, staffing, training, inventory, loss prevention, repairs.

  • Education

  • MAED Art Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Overall GPA 3.934. Wrote thesis drawing a parallel between purity in art and education, concluding there is no such thig as "pure," only forward progress in either field. Created instructional resources now being shared with art educators across the USA. Wrote & Illustrated a children's book as art based research on Inuit art. Teacher's assistant for one semester using the BlackBoard online learning environment.
    Studied art history, educational theory, history of education, art based research, studio art, curriculum design, lesson planning, instructional resource design, discipline based art education, art education for special needs, photography, visual culture, Inuit mythology, and Ovid's Metamorphoses.

  • BFA Digital Design, American Intercontinental University

    Studied visual communications, illustration, web design, branding and corporate identity. development.

  • Maricopa Community Colleges

    Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, Deans Honor List.
    Studied photography, drawing, painting, 2D design, 3D design, color, computer information systems, child development, and Spanish. Photographed the Horsehead Nebula, M51, and other celestial objects in Astronomy.

  • Community

  • Omaha Maker Group

    Exploring ways to incorporate more STEM into studio art, while supporting the local maker community.

  • Omaha Craft Mafia

    Creative Member
    Supporting local handmade and DIY in Omaha.

  • The Art House Co-Op

    Global, collaborative art projects, currently on display in the Brooklyn Art Library, Art House Co-Op, Brooklyn, NY.

  • Humanitarian Activist Alliance

    Philanthropy and volunteerism in Phoenix and Tempe, AZ.

  • Arizona Roller Derby

    "Mad Mel" #M²
    Volunteer photography, webmaster, event staff, security, and ticket sales. Voted "Best Photographer" in Seasons 3 and 5. Voted "Best Webmaster" in Season 5.

  • Tempe Jaycees

    Volunteering in Phoenix and Tempe, AZ.



  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Design
  • Education
  • Acrylic Mixed Media
  • Image Transfers
  • Jewelry Making
  • Printmaking
  • Art Journaling
  • Collage
  • DIY


  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Design
  • Education
  • Computers


  • communication
  • self-management
  • organization
  • constructive criticism
  • flexibility
  • technical support
  • creative problem solving
  • logic
  • humor
  • motivation
  • inquiry
  • instruction
  • networking
  • sympathy
  • tolerance


  • Reading
  • Photography
  • Running with Scissors
  • Tinkering
  • Puzzles
  • Games





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