Marla Panko holds an Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Guelph, and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Windsor. She has been a member of the Dundas Valley School of Art faculty since 1984 and has been actively involved in the regional art community for 30 years. Marla Panko has exhibited her work since 1980 including shows in Canada, the United States, and Japan, and has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Burlington Art Centre, and the Carnegie Gallery among others. Panko lives in Dundas, Ontario.
Panko's primary media are acrylic and collage. In trying to uncover the relationships between various visual elements, an initially complex work is slowly edited to create a simpler and more cohesive space. Images, shapes and colours emerge, evolve, fade, and reappear gaining and losing their significance. Their meaning and relevance shift in context. Her work is less about the co-existence of fragments then it is about creating a new poetic hybrid.