Melanie Pankau is a visual artist and arts administrator. For over 20 years, Pankau has held positions in the arts at various galleries, museums, and foundations. She has been the Associate Coordinator for the MCAD Gallery, the MCAD–Jerome Fellowships for Early Career Artists, and McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship programs since 2016. Pankau received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1999, her MFA from the University of WI-Milwaukee in 2011 as well as studied at the Bauhaus Universtät in 1998. She is a practicing artist exhibiting both regionally and nationally. Pankau is a recipient of a Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Community Arts Assistance Program Grant and most recently, a 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Her work is represented by McCormick Gallery in Chicago.