Certification in Fine Arts/Painting: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
BFA: Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia PA
MA – Art Education: University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
Marlene has been teaching art since 1983. Most of her teaching experience has been at the high school level.
One of her most memorable teaching experiences took place on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota where she taught high school art. It was here that she first encountered the Native American philosophy which emphasizes respect for the earth and reverence for our world; often through storytelling and symbolism. This inspired Marlene to create works with symbolic meanings – at first borrowed from Native American culture and other world cultures –
later developing into a personal collection of symbolic imagery.
Papermaking is another one of Marlene’s skills as an artist. She uses her handmade paper to add textured elements to her printmaking. She also incorporates mixed media and collage in her prints.
Marlene belongs to a number of professional organizations including: The American Color Print Society, The Print Center, Guild of Papermakers, Friends of Dard Hunter, National Art Education Association, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Keneseth Israel Museum Artists Collective. Marlene’s artwork is collected both privately and by public institutions.