Melodee Strong works as a freelance illustrator and designer, studio painter, and muralist. She has been contracted as a teaching artist and arts-integration coordinator in local public schools and has taught painting, drawing, illustration, and design courses at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and MCAD.
Strong has completed illustration projects for Maren Green Publishing, Target Corporation, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Her illustration and studio work has been exhibited in various galleries around the Twin Cities, including her own gallery and retail space, which opened in July 2012. She has over nineteen mural and large-scale projects located at various schools, churches, and public locations throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas. Her illustrations have received awards from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and the Society of Illustrators New York. Strong has also received Moonbeam, Teachers’ Choice, and Mom’s Choice Awards for her work in children’s books.