Featured CPAC Member: Melanie Walker


Member Since: 2014

Each quarter, we feature one of CPAC’s many talented members and their unique approach to photography. We are excited to share the work of Melanie Walker, a Colorado-based artist whose work draws on analog photographic processes, digital art, and mixed media.


By Melanie Walker

In my photographic practice I have been driven by contemporary sensibilities as applied to historical photographic processes and hand-made prints. In my immersive photographic installations, Daguerre’s diorama and the pre-history of photography has been at the heart of my work. My intention with this approach to immersive installations is connected to growing up in a family where I was immersed in a world of photography and being born visually impaired my practice has always been haptic and multisensory. I work with images on sheer fabric to emulate the double vision I experience with my visual challenges. In my work I seek to address our fragile environment and our collective longing for connection in these challenging times of division and separation. This work combines landscape images and glimpses of daily routine in ways that address the layered and fragile nature of time, sense of place and memory.


Melanie Walker has been a practicing artist for over 50 years. Her expertise is in the area of alternative photographic processes, analog, digital and mixed media as well as large scale immersive photographic installations and public art. She attended San Francisco State University for a BA and Florida State University for an MFA. She has received a number of awards including an National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship, Polaroid Materials Grants and the Aaron Siskind Award. Her work is housed in numerous collections both nationally and internationally including the Center for Creative Photography, LACMA, and the Musee National d’art in Luxembourg. She has taught at a number of universities including San Francisco State University, SUNY Albany, Alfred University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She currently teaches in the Media Arts Area at the University of Colorado Boulder and has work in collections nationally & internationally.


March 2021:
Month of Photography Installation, Walker Fine Art


December 16, 2020:
Lecture on Zoom, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA