Deborah Cornell is known for creating immersive environments, video, prints, and collaborative multimedia works that combine nature, technology, color, and light. She is the recipient of the select Grand Prix D'Honneur awarded by the respected Krakow Print Triennial for her lifetime contributions to her discipline, and the only American artist to receive it. She also received the Grand Prix of the Krakow Print Triennial for her prizewinning multimedia work "Reflecting Place", and is the only artist ever to be awarded both prizes. Deborah Cornell's works have been shown internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in Krakow, Istanbul, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles, with presentations in Dubai, Krakow, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Perth Australia, and San Francisco. She has also received a Grand Prize from the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, among other awards and prizes.
Cornell's work has been supported by the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard and with grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Deya Majorca Archeological Foundation. She was awarded artist residencies in Buenos Aires, Belgium, Venice, and Louisiana. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Hangzhou Art Academy China, Turku Art Museum Finland, Purdue University Museums, the RISD Museum, the Boston Public Library, RMIT Melbourne, Weisman Art Museum, IBM, and many others. Publications include Grapheion, Impact Journal, College Book Arts Journal, and Contemporary Impressions. Cornell lectures widely and has curated international exhibitions in Havana, Abu Dhabi, Wroclaw, and Spain. She is Chair of Printmaking at Boston University's School of Visual Arts. Previously she was Founding Director of the Experimental Etching Studio, Visiting Artist at Radcliffe College, and Director of Visual Arts for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Vermont College.