Marla Panko

Since completing a BFA from the University of Guelph and earning an MFA scholarship from the University of Windsor, Panko has been a working professional artist for over forty years.  She has exhibited extensively within the region at both public and private galleries including solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant,  and the Art Gallery of Burlington.  She is the recipient of many awards including a Hamilton Arts Council  ‘Creator’ Award in 2022.  Alongside her artistic practice, Panko has sustained a long and varied career in art education and arts administration.  She taught at Brock University, the Dundas Valley School of Art, and the Art Gallery of Burlington, and has spoken widely on art and art education throughout the region.  She volunteered as director of the DVSA Gallery for many years and has held the position of Curator at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas since 2015.

Panko’s work is visually rooted in geometric formalism but often suggests an underlying narrative that explores themes of impermanence, memory, and shared culture.  Her work can be found in both private and public collections including Cambridge Galleries Idea Exchange, the Art Gallery of Hamilton,  and Crown Life Inc.

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