career Q & A: UMBC Magazine

Every so often, we chat with an alum about what they do and how they got there. By day, Melissa Penley Cormier, M.F.A ’17, intermedia + digital arts (IMDA), helps faculty and students at UMBC create the graphic pieces they need for presenting their research. By night, she’s building an arts practice that draws from nature and scientific processes. Here, Cormier gives us a peek into her life as an artist.

Read the full article by Jenny O’Grady here:

https://magazine.umbc.edu/career-qa-melissa-penley-cormier-m-f-a-17/

Video Shorts Premier in Butcher’s Hill window theater – Window26

Beach is projected onto a screen inside of a row house window
Digitized and edited copies of my 8mm family films are being shown along with other collected shorts in the window of 26 N Chester St. Baltimore as a response to Covid-19 and also so celebrate the recent SpaceX launch and station docking.
Fireworks projected in window
Fireworks from a family vacation recorded from 8mm film, originally recorded by my great uncle John Overmiller.

Window26 is a small local projection experiment taking place in the front window of Kelley Bell‘s home in Butcher’s Hill, Baltimore. It’s a way of sharing art in a public space that’s intimate yet at a safe distance. 

Time-based media artists of all stripes are invited to submit work for a series of programmed nights of projection this summer. Artists who do not work in time-based media, but have some interesting ideas of how to work with the site are also encouraged to submit ideas.

For more information, as well as templates and guidelines please use the contact form below:

Secret:

Learned that my thesis work was collaged into a beautiful webcomic by one of my favorite Baltimore Artists before we ever met. Jim Doran made Gin Rumi from images he shot of my worry slides and “inspired by the Sufi poet and based on something he wrote.” The mashup makes my heart sing in all sorts of ways thinking back on this project and what it meant to devote a year to focus on this collection.  Screen Shot 2019-11-12 at 8.29.47 PM

…on the radio

“field recordings” included in radio show curated by Mollye Bendell at Wave Farm residency

Saturday Afternoon Show: Mollye Bendell (audio)

Jun 23, 2018

Wave Farm artist-in-residence Mollye Bendell, joins host Tom Roe, live in the WGXC Acra Studio to discuss her residency work and general artistic practice, as well as present a program of work by Baltimore artists (where Bendell is based.) The program will include Stephen Bradley’s “The Perfect Storm;” Jason Charney’s “Ausbund;” Melissa Cormier’s field recordings including peepers, cicadas, crickets, rain gutters, and wind chimes; selected poems by Suzie Doogan; Eli Ossip’s “Rockall;” and selected compositions by Timothy Nohe.

This show is similar to the weekday “WGXC Afternoon Show,” but focused on transmission art. Saturday afternoons on WGXC feature Wave Farm Artists-in-Residence, and special guests, who are interviewed on-air, present past and future projects, as well as perform live. For more information on the Wave Farm Residency Program, visit transmissionarts.org/residencies.