Melanie Barnett is an emerging contemporary ceramicist and arts professional originally from Treaty 4 Territory in Grandview, Manitoba. Barnett's work utilizes concepts surrounding environmental theory, botany, and mycology to comment on the climate crisis and her own relationship to the planet. Barnett is working toward her MFA at NSCAD University in K'jipuktuk/Halifax, NS.
Barnett holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Ceramics from Brandon University (Brandon, MB), and was an Artist in Residence at Medalta Potteries (Medicine Hat, AB) in 2022. She has exhibited work at several galleries across Manitoba, as well as at Nuit Blanche Regina (Saskatchewan) in 2019. She is a 2022 recipient the Elizabeth Greenshield's Foundation Grant, as well as the Brandon University Gold Medal in Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours. Barnett has been published in Issue 22 of Art Maze Magazine (London, England) and in Issue 3 of Art&Type Magazine (New York, USA). Barnett has training in art handling and installation, studio management, and facilities management.