Melissa Warak

Fox Fine Arts Center
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Melissa C Warak
Assistant Professor, Art

Dr. Melissa Warak specializes in the relationship of music and sound to American and European art of the twentieth century. Dr. Warak is a proud Texan and a native of Houston. She earned a B.A. in English literature and art history from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, titled Made to Music: Interactions of Music and Art, 1955-1969, is comprised of four case studies of the ways that visual artists from the mid-fifties to late sixties employed musical models in their work.

Aside from musical and sonic art, her research interests include the history of abstraction, spirituality in modern and contemporary art, science and technology in modern and contemporary art, and astronomy in art. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Research Institute, the Royal Music Association of the United Kingdom, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, among others.


  1. Art history
  2. Modern art
  3. Contemporary art
  4. Visual music
  5. Sound art
  6. Performance art
  7. Science and art
  8. Technology and art
  9. Spirituality and art