Melissa Parrott Quimby is a contemporary visual artist who emphasizes the movement of shape and color in her abstract collages, paintings, drawings and sculptures. Her work is charged by the activity of creating a mark to capture a specific moment in time. Through a selective process of integrating bold, vivid hues she creates dynamic imagery that commands a rhythm of space. 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 Art Commission in 2018. She has taught numerous workshops and currently teaches foundations, drawing, electives and studio art therapy at Herron School of Art & Design.
Artist's Statement My current work consists of abstract paintings, drawings and sculptures in response to my environment and experiences. I am motivated by the nature of material and activity of creating a mark to express my ideas. Through an instinctual impulse of combining line, color, pattern, shape and texture I compose original images using paper, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink and clay.