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Marilyn Fenn has been creating art in one form or another since early childhood. In 1985, she returned to college to study fine art -- graduating in 1992 with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied with several of the famed Chicago Imagists.
Marilyn has exhibited her work in numerous juried and invitational group and solo shows, and given art demonstrations, classes and talks. She is an active member in several local artist organizations. Marilyn's work is collected in private collections across the country and abroad.
Currently, Marilyn works primarily as a painter, working in oil, acrylic and encaustic. For the past two decades, Marilyn has explored a variety of subject matter ranging from representational landscapes and still lifes to vibrant abstractions -- and many points in between. Their common thread is an unerring sense of color, and a constant celebration of how paint inhabits a surface.
My paintings are explorations of color and form in oil, encaustic and acrylic. My work is about the joy of seeing the beauty of shapes in paint. It ranges from total abstraction to images drawn from the world around us. Often, I am inspired by a shape, a color combination or a concept, and then I just follow the brushes and see where they lead.
With all my work, I like to challenge the viewer to see the beauty that's right before their eyes –– the colors and shapes of paint.
1992 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA, Painting
1989 Austin Community College, AA, Fine Art
2007 Andrew Long, various classes at Austin Museum of Art School, Austin, TX
2002 Charles Wildbank, artist workshop at Giogalto Villa, Tuscany, Italy
1999-2002 Noel Robbins, various classes at Austin Museum of Art School and Robbins Studio, Austin, TX
Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2009 The E-word: Recent Work of Marilyn Fenn, Bay6 Gallery and Studios, Austin, TX
2006 Abstract Paintings and Prints of Marilyn Fenn, Quack’s Maplewood, Austin, TX
2005-2006 Artwork of Marilyn Fenn, Austin Regional Clinic at Far West, Austin, TX
2004 Paintings and Prints of Marilyn Fenn, Austin Java Co., Barton Creek Mall, Austin, TX
2003 Art Without a Safety Net, solo virtual art exhibit sponsored by Salem Design
2003 Artwork of Marilyn Fenn, AVAA Exhibit at Carr America, Austin,TX
2003 Art in the Country, with Kelly Borsheim, Borsheim Arts, Cedar Creek, TX
1990 Marilyn Fenn: Paintings and Drawings, Execucom Systems Corporation, Austin, TX
2011-2012 2011 People’s Gallery Exhibition in Austin City Hall, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
2011 5 x 7 Art Splurge & Exhibition, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
2010 East Austin Studio Tour: Cherrywood Artists, Vortex Theater, Austin, TX
2010 AVAA Members Show, Studio 2 Gallery, Austin, TX
2009 History and Hot Wax: Encaustic Art, Museo Gallery at Great Hills, Austin, TX
2009 Working in Wax, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
2009 Degrees, Gallery M Squared, Houston, TX
2009 5 x 7 Art Splurge & Exhibition, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
2008-2009 AVAA 2D Works at ABIA, East Gallery, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin TX
2008 7th Annual East Austin Studio Tour, Marilyn Fenn Studio, Austin, TX
2008 Fused Expressions, Bay6 Gallery and Studios, Austin TX
2008 Real and Imagined, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Ft. Worth, TX
2008 Texas Kaos/Netroots Nation After Party and Art Exhibit, Bay6 Gallery and Studios, Austin TX
2008 5 x 7 Art Splurge & Exhibition, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
2007 Blue Genie Art Bazaar, Monarch Events Center, Austin, TX
2007 3rd Annual 12 x 12 Exhibit, Artspoken Gallery & Studios, Austin, TX
2007 6th Annual East Austin Studio Tour, Marilyn Fenn Studio, Austin, TX
2007 WAR-Artists Respond, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX
2007 AVAA’s 30th Anniversary Exhibit and Reunion, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX
2006 5th Annual East Austin Studio Tour, Marilyn Fenn Studio, Austin, TX
2004 “Charisma,” VU Austin Exhibit, AVAA Gallery and Studios, Austin, TX
2004 AVAA Exhibition at Austin Regional Clinic, ARC South Clinic, Austin, TX
2003 AVAA Member Exhibition, AVAA Gallery and Studios, Austin, TX
2003 36th Annual Artists’ Harvest, Crockett Center, Austin, TX
2003 Topographies, Studio2 Gallery, Austin, TX
1993 BFA Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1993 Death: Born in the U.S.A., Lithuanian Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
1992 Sampling of Art from S.A.I.C., MWMWM Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 New Horizons in Art, Old Orchard Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 Arts and the Community Exhibition, Southwestern Bell, Austin, TX