Maryanne Meltzer started painting at 12 years old. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago on a youth scholarship. Her family settled near Downtown Dallas in the 1940s. She earned her Bachelors degree at Texas Women’s University in Denton in 1969.
She went on to earn a Masters in the Humanities in 1990 from the University of Texas, Dallas. She taught art at both DISD and the Dallas Community College Continuing Education Division. She was president of the Dallas Women’s Caucus for Art and a member of the board of Directors for the National Women’s Caucus for Art, Regional Vice President of the Coalition of Women’s Art Organizations and Dallas Art District Friends. She was a founding member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
She studied with Dallas artists Otis Dozier, Jerry Bywaters and DeForrest Judd. Her works have been included at exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Penn State University and elsewhere.