Melissa Penley Cormier earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in InterMedia and Digital Arts, and a BFA from Radford University. Originally from Appalachia, she can now often be found in or around Baltimore, Maryland.


Member of the Maryland Art Place Program Advisory Committee
Member of the The Light Ekphrastic Steering Group
Member of the BioCommunications Association 


2020-2021 Long Reach Village Resident Studio Artist, Howard County Arts Council

2020 Covid Landscapes – Sense of Press publication, prose writing and photography printed, Baltimore, MD

2020 Window26 – projection group program, Baltimore, MD

2020 Coronavirus Lost & Found – online archive 

2020 Merkin Dream – Group benefit show, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore MD

2019 Brilliant Baltimore invited panelist – Word & Image: Creative Collaboration with UMBC and The Light Ekphrastic

2019 The Light Ekphrastic August issue and Exquisite Fantastic project

2019 Fox Building Studio Residents’ group show, Baltimore, MD

2019 Marvin Heiferman, Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe printed by the CADVC and the Aperture Foundation Press, selected images, Reviewed by The Guardian

2018 The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational | The Cabinet of Curiosities, group show, Alexandria, VA

2018 Wave Farm, WGXC Acra Saturday Afternoon Show: Mollye Bendell (field recordings), New York

2017 Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe artist spotlight, online

2017 Maryland Art Place, Young Blood, juried group show, Baltimore MD

2017 Artists for Truth Benefit Exhibition, SpaceCamp, Baltimore, MD

2017 Glass Oil Blood, The Center for Visual Art Culture and Design, UMBC, Baltimore, MD

2017 SPARK! UMBC exhibition at Light City Baltimore, group show, Baltimore, MD

2017 Open Space, Publications and Multiples Fair, Baltimore, MD

2016 School 33 Art Center’s Open Studios, Baltimore, MD

2016 The Light Ekphrastic Exhibition, David Mikow Gallery, invited group show, Catonsville, MD

2015 School 33 Art Center’s Open Studios, Baltimore, MD

2015 The Light Ekphrastic, August 2015 Issue 23, online gallery

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