Melissa Parrott Quimby

Melissa Parrott Quimby is a contemporary visual artist who emphasizes the movement of shape and color in her paper collages, ceramic forms, abstract paintings and intuitive drawings. 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 inspired by nature. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Herron School of Art

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Her work consists of paper collages and ceramic sculptures in response to the environment and experiences. Motivated by the nature of material intuition guides each piece of artwork. The paper cut-out collages incorporate an assemblage of flat shapes using bold, vivid hues to create an organization of patterns and space. The process is selective as color moves across the surface to establish a sense of unity. The clay work focuses on the use of monochromatic glazes emphasizing the simplicity of the form. A playful quality is apparent in the intimate toy like objects with references of candy coated gems.

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M.F.A. University of Delaware

B.F.A. Herron School of Art and Design


Associate Faculty at Herron School of Art and Design


2018 Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites, Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, IN 

2007 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 

2004 Merit Award, Materials Regional, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN 

2002 Shimpo Tradition of Excellence, Nidec-Shimpo America Corporation, Itasca, IL 

2001 First Place: Sculpture, 18th Annual Regional Exhibition, Yorklyn, DE 


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