Melanie Baker makes charcoal drawings that deal with the concepts of power and masculinity in politics, history, and finance. Baker's work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Jersey City Museum, NYU's Gallatin Galleries, Ramapo College, Keene College, and Lehman College. In 2003 the artist received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship as well as the New York Foundation for the Arts Prize. Residencies and fellowships include the Art Omi International Artists' Colony; Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil; Tyrone Guthrie Center at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland; Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain; and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program. Baker lives in Pawling, NY.