Melissa Unger is a Franco-American artist, author and the Founder & Creative Director of Seymour Projects. In this latter role, she spearheads the conception, design and production of all of our projects.
Her 30+ years of collaborating with creatives, futurists, and leading minds from a wide range of fields, coupled with decades of her own psychosocial research have afforded her unique insights that she strives to communicate in a meaningful manner.
Melissa was among the first to publicly address the impact that smartphones and other tether-tech were having on the interpersonal relationships and mental health of individuals and communities.
Inspired by her professional background in the arts and experience leveraging communications to enact social change, early Seymour Projects focused on raising awareness about the addictive nature of technology and offered the general public serene offline havens in which they were invited to explore the altered states of consciousness that emerge during introspective creative endeavors.
After the opening of the SEYMOUR+ space in Paris, it became evident that her projects also had a therapeutic value and were beneficial not only to individuals who experience technology overload & burnout, but were also helpful to individuals who suffer from generalized anxiety, emotional and somatic dysregulation; and those who feel disconnected from their authentic sense of self.
Prior to founding Seymour Projects in 2011, Melissa built a prolific career in the arts, communications and public service, working with and consulting for many groundbreaking organizations including Tribeca Productions, Disney’s Jumbo Pictures, The Ad Council, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, artnet, and the Creative Growth Art Center. She has also held positions on the production crew of a number of acclaimed feature films and been the personal assistant to actors Robert De Niro and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Her first novel GAG was published by Roundfire Books in 2014. Her paintings have been exhibited at a number of art spaces in the US and France including: Head-Hi & B Dry Goods in NYC, Whittemore Center for Community, Culture & Conservation in New Jersey, Galerie Octobre in Toulouse, A.I.R Gallery‘s annual postcard show. Her artwork has been featured on the covers of the pop/rock band Nada Surf’s record album Never Not Together and companion EP Cycle Through, as well as a variety of other products.
Via Seymour Projects and all of her work, she endeavors to leverage her creativity to nurture social cohesion; empower and inspire.
For additional information visit: melissaunger.me