Melissa Parrott Quimby is a contemporary visual artist who emphasizes the movement of shape and color in her abstract collages, paintings, drawings and ceramic sculptures in response to her environment and experiences. Her work is charged by the activity of creating a mark to capture a specific moment in time and is motivated by the nature of material to express ideas through an instinctual impulse of combining line, color, pattern, shape and texture. Original images are composed using paper, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink and clay with a selective process of integrating bold, vivid hues to create dynamic imagery that commands a rhythm of space referencing issues of the environment and climate change. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Herron School of Art & Design in 1995 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware in 2003. Her work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally while being recognized with a variety of awards including a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2007 and Art in the Parks and Historic Sites from the Indiana Arts Commission in 2018. She has taught numerous workshops and currently teaches foundations, drawing and elective arts at Herron School of Art & Design.