Yonder Cabinet at Maryland Art Place

I’ve been so happy to be a part of this project, The Yonder Cabinet. Collaborating with Baltimore artist and designer, Kelley Bell, The Yonder Cabinet invites artists to create dioramas of places they have “visited” in literary works they love. Artists also recorded a short audio clip of them reading a favorite passage from the work.

The first round of artists have been amazing to see work from. I was lucky document their work (photographs & soon video) for the website that Bell designed. We hope to invite more artists soon.

Our work will be on view at Maryland Art Place for the SPARK: A Brave New World? exhibition. Where you can see it in real life!

Also, a video tour by the curator can be found here.

Also additional content from the Yonder Cabinet artists can be found on the website below:


images from “Held, 2020” on view now at the Hamilton Gallery

Bearing Witness – the artists’ tenacious view

Bearing Witness – the artist’s tenacious view – a virtual exhibition

Starting February 15th at 5pm you can view the exhibition at http://www.bearing-witness.org

Bearing Witness explores how the events of 2020 have impacted the creative process and psyche of working artists. 59 artists from the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area are included in the exhibition. The group exhibition showcases a wide range of artist’s viewpoints working in various media including: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by HAC|HG and a grant from Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Bearing Witness is curated by Jessica Devilbiss a HAC|HG exhibiting artist member who currently works as an Emerging Professionals Program Guide at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD.

The virtual exhibit runs through April 15, 2021.

Artists featured in the exhibition:
Kathleen Adrian, Kiane Artis, Jude Asher, Beverly Baptiste, Ruby Bassford, Loring Boglioli, Dominique Butler, Schroeder Cherry, Melissa Cormier, Diane Dennis, Julie Dietrich, Jim Doran, Heather Dorst, Grace Doyle, Donald Edwards, Abby Fitzgibbon, Amanda Hays, Elli Maria Hernandez, Jodi Hoover, Jessie Houff, Samantha Iaconi, Noelle Imparato, Chloe Irla, Yasmine C. Iskander, Flora Iste, Janet Jeffers, Annette Jones-Wilson, Amy Klainer , Nic Koski, Walter Levy, Katana Lippart, George Lorio, Jon Malis, Dereck Mangus, Alberta Marchesani, James McDonald, Greg McLemore, Chloe Ndour, Nef Partlow-Myrick, Katey Phelps, Linda Popp, Lynn Poshepny, Tim Prendergast, Theresa Reuter, LJ Richey, Lucas Rougeux, Lynn Rybicki, Lauren Silex, Val Smith, Therese Spadaro, Peter Stern, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Carol Tankard, Maxine Taylor, David, Thompson, Chloe Wack, Samantha, Welsch, Delvonta Wilson, Monica Youn, and Richard Gordon Zyne

Artist Talk

Spotlight! Guest Instructor Series: Melissa Penley Cormier

Photography as Evidence and Excuse

Friday, April 23, 2021 · Noon – 1 PM

Join Online Event

This artist talk will center around photography as evidence and scientific data — and how the act and process of photography is an excuse to look at, study deeply, and devote time to subjects. Using examples from Special Collections as well as images of her recent works, Melissa Penley Cormier will discuss how art and science inform and inspire each other in her own work as well as others’.

more info and to register: https://my3.my.umbc.edu/groups/library/events/91635

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:


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:


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.