Marilyn Holsing

Marilyn Holsing

    Studio

    Crane Arts 1400 N. American St Philadelphia PA, 19122

    Sculpture

    Watercolor

    Artist's Biography

    I was born and raised in northeastern Ohio and received my BFA in painting, drawing and graphics from the Ohio State University. I began my undergraduate education there with little idea of what I might major in but fell into a really strong art department for which I am very grateful. From there I went to the University of New Mexico where I received an MA in drawing. Tyler School of Art hired me after I completed graduate school and I continued teaching there until my retirement in 2017.

    Artist's Statement

    For more than thirty years my studio work has been focused primarily on painting, drawing, and more recently, dioramas. Narrative imagery in various guises has been my long passion: autobiographical, mythological, and quasi historical. These narratives sometimes include figures but sometimes don’t instead focusing on the landscape. The one recurring aspect to my work in any media has been its taking place in an out of doors setting inspired by the landscape painters of art history and those who use the landscape as a character, such as, the rococo artists. I augment these ideas by drawing from nature, a natural subject since I am an avid amateur gardener.

    The dioramas began with a failed drawing leading to a complex cut paper diorama with sound and video based on a re-imagined life for Marie Antoinette. This lead to more involved diorama with three dimensional clay figures based on rococo paintings leading to my own narratives using figures alluding to the same time. These dioramas use sound, fans, and light to activate the narrative. The challenges of making three dimensional characters lead me to make a series of fantasy busts sometimes of figures from paintings of the rococo and other times but also as an exploration of facial expressions.

    My recent watercolors focus on horticultural images often borrowed from botanical illustrations but also from direct observation. These landscapes focus on the small rather than the large vistas of traditional landscape painting.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2017
    The Pursuit of Love, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE

    2016
    Les Histoires, Towson University, Towson, MD

    2015
    B.F.F., Prints and Installation,, CR Ettinger Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    2011 - 2012
    Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    2007
    Le Vraie Histoire de Jeune Marie, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2006
    Philadelphia Airport, Terminal F, Philadelphia, PA

    1999
    The Uncanny, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    1981
    The Bride, Eric Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Two-Person
    2018
    What Is Left Behind, Kismet, Philadelphia, PA
    With Darla Jackson
    Curator: Tom Judd

    1983
    Strange Stories, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    With Judith Linhare

    Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
    With Rochelle Toner

    1979
    Eric Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    With Tom Judd

    Group
    2019
    Prints I Have Known and Loved (The Philadelphia Story), Showcase Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    C.R. Ettinger Studio Excerpts, Millersville State University, Millersville, PA

    What’s Going On?, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    The Neo Victorians, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

    2017
    Occotillo, Tyler School of Art, Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Jonathan DeDecker

    2016
    New Space, New Work, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    Complete Set, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    Picture Perfect, Gallery Neptune & Brown, Washington, DC

    Flattening The Form, Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, DC

    Goodbye Old City, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    Works On Paper Survey of Purchase Awards (1978-2009), Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

    2014
    Philagrafika, Juniata Museum of Art, Juniata, PA

    2012
    Transformations, Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

    All About Etchings, Chris Neptune Gallery, Washington, DC

    Biennial, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
    Juror: John Revenal

    2011
    Something French, Art in City Hall, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    Selections from C. R. Ettinger Studio/2000-10, print show, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Prints By Gallery Artists, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    50 Very Small Drawings, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    Fantastical Imaginings, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

    2008
    Fantastical Imaginings, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

    The Figure Today, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
    The Figure Today, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    2007
    Magic Realism, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

    Philagrafika 2007 Print Portfolio Exhibition, Philagrafika Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    Art On Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
    Catalog

    On Line: Contemporary Drawing, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

    2005
    Telling Stories: The Narrative in Contemporary Art,Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA

    Collaboration As A Medium, Edison Gallery, Washington, DC
    Travels to Art Place, Baltimore, MD & more sites

    2004
    Figure Out, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

    2002
    25th Anniversary Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

    2001
    Ten Contemporary Artists, 5 x 2, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

    2000
    Drawing With Color, Mangel Gallery,Philadelphia, PA

    When Reason Dreams: Drawings Inspired By the Visionary, the Fantastic, and the Unreal, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Body Dismorphia, Hicks Art Center, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
    Curator: Jeanne Jaffe

    Allentown Art Museum, 27th Annual Juried Exhibition, Allentown, PA
    Juror: Judith Tannenbaum, Curator, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

    1999
    Biographies: Philadelphia Narratives, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Catalog

    Biographies: Philadelphia Narratives, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
    Catalog

    1998
    In Her Voice: Self-Portraits by Women", Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

    Biennial '98, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
    Catalog

    Works on Paper 1998, Beaver College, Glenside, PA
    Juror: Mark Rosenthal, Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    1997
    Winter Group Show, The Painting Center, New York, NY
    Invited Artist

    1996
    Allentown Art Museum, 25th Annual Juried Exhibition, Allentown, PA
    Juror: Susan Kane, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum, Atlanta, GA

    1995
    Tyler Faculty Show of Works on Paper, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

    1992
    Pertaining to Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Julius Bloch Collection, Philadelphia, PA

    What A Beautiful View!, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

    1991
    Small Works, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York, NY

    1985
    Jeffrey Fuller Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1984
    Kuban Gallery, Cleveland, OH

    A Few Fears, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

    1982
    Selections 17, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

    By The Sea, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY

    Narrative Settings II, Josef Gallery, New York, NY

    Incidents and Events, The Seagram Building, New York, NY

    1980
    Eccentric Representation, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY

    1979
    Philadelphia Artists Today, Touchstone Gallery, New York, NY

    Group Show, Eric Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1977
    Beauty of the Beast, Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

    Group Show, Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY

    1976
    Summer Scene, Deson-Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Art Fairs

    2015
    Drawing Now Paris, Paris, France

    2013
    PULSE, New York, NY

    2008
    Aqua Miami, Art Basel Art Fair, Miami, FL

    Baltimore Print Fair, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

    2007
    Aqua Miami, Art Basel Art Fair, Miami, FL

    Artist's Bibliography

    2012
    Newhall, Edith. Review of Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 15, 2012.

    "Marilyn Holsing Gives Marie Antoinette’s Magical Femininity A Modern Touch", Huffington Post, January 3, 2012.

    Rice, Robin. Review of Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette, City Paper.

    2011
    Kettner, Em. Review of Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette, Title Magazine.

    Review of Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette, Knight Arts Organization.

    Review of Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette, Art Grind.

    2011
    McMenamin, Alison. "Marie Antoinette returns to Gallery Joe", theartblog.org, December 29, 2011.

    2007
    Review of show at Melanee Cooper Gallery, Art News, December 2007.

    "Look It's Roberta and Libby", Video tour of show at Gallery Joe, November 26, 2007.

    Review of Le Vraie Histoire de Jeune Marie, fallonandrosof.blogspot.com, November 5, 2007.

    Donagrandi, Richard. Review of show at Melanee Cooper Gallery, artscope.net.

    "A mix of fantasy, reality, vision", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 9, 2007.

    2004
    Sozanski, Edward J. Review of Figure Out, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

    2003
    Donohoe, Victoria. Review of Rosemont College exhibition, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

    2000
    Donohoe, Victoria. Review of Body Dismorphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 10, 2000.

    1999
    Sozanski, Edward J. Review of Biographies: Philadelphia Narratives, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 28, 1999.

    Rice, Robin. Review of Biographies: Philadelphia Narratives, Philadelphia City Paper, April 2, 1999.

    1998
    Sozanski, Edward J. Review of Works on Paper 1998 at Beaver College, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 1998.

    Sozanski, Edward J. Review of The Uncanny at the Art Alliance, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 25, 1998.

    Sozanski, Edward J. Review of Biennial '98 at the Delaware Art Museum, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 19, 1998.

    1982
    Raynor, Vivien. Review of Selections 17 at the Drawing CenterNew York Times, June 18, 1982.

    Publications

    2006
    "New American Paintings", Mid-Atlantic edition

    2005
    "Land Grant College Review”, Commission to make a painting for the cover and 14 title pages

    Three Decades of American Printmaking, The Brandywine Graphics Workshop Collection, Hudson Hills Press

    Collaboration As A Medium, catalog, Pyramid Atlantic Print Shop, Silver Springs, MD

    2004
    "New American Paintings", Mid-Atlantic edition

    2002
    “Art In America”, Leeway WOO grant recipients announcement, January

    A Creative Legacy: A History of the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists’ Fellowships Program, National Endowment for the Arts

    1999
    Philadelphia Biographies, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Catalogue

    Honors

    2017
    FID Prize Nominee

    2016
    FID Prize Nominee

    2007
    Philagrafika Print Portfolio
    Selected Artist

    1997
    Lila Wallace-Giverny Artists' Residency Program, Giverny, France
    Invited Applicant

    Pew Fellowships in the Arts
    Finalist, Visual Arts: 2D

    1993
    Pew Fellowships in the Arts
    Discipline Winner, Painting

    Grants

    2012
    Independence Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
    Fellowship In The Arts

    2001
    Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
    Window of Opportunity Grant

    1996
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
    Artists' Fellowship

    Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
    NEA/Artists' Fellowship, Painting

    1983
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
    Artists' Fellowship

    Panelist

    2000
    Symposium in conjunction with Body Dismorphia Exhibition

    1982
    Symposium, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

    Visiting Artist & Lectures

    2016
    Towson University, Towson, MD

    2012
    Brown University, Providence, RI

    2004
    Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Silver Springs, MD

    Selected Collections

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    State University College at Potsdam, NY
    Library of Congress, Washington, DC
    Ballard, Spahr, Andrews, and Ingersoll, Philadelphia, PA
    Brandywine Graphics Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
    Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
    Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Silver Springs, MD
    Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
    Wellington Wealth Management, London, England
    Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    Becky and Gil Kerlin, Philadelphia, PA

    Education

    1973 - 1973
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    Master of Arts
    Major: Drawing
    Minor: Painting

    1970 - 1971
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    Courses in painting with Hoyt Sherman of the Graduate Painting Department

    1965 - 1969
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Major: Painting, Drawing, and Graphics