BIO

HomePageMsteenArtI have several series that I work on and display simultaneously. They are mostly abstract paintings, dominated by watercolor and inspired by nature. My Passage Series and Quilt Series have much collage incorporated into them. I use handmade paper, found objects, and scraps of memorabilia that have personal significance such as buttons, a piece of clothing, sticks, and textured material. All of these pieces add dimension and meaning to the flat surface on which I am painting. For these series, I paint on all kinds of heavy watercolor paper and lately on boards called clayboards. I also have a Thicket Series, which is contemporary in feel, but has a more direct, organic inspiration from the flora and fauna around us.

In my work, I acknowledge the existence of struggle or pain. However, I want my paintings to be ultimately hopeful and beautiful. I want the people looking at my work to be drawn into it. I want them to take a moment from their day to enjoy the interplay between color, line and texture, and hope that they Aind this brief respite rewarding.

I graduated from Washington University School of Fine Art and after raising my family, turned to the outdoor art show scene. I have taught at Washington University Fine Arts Institute and I have been a visiting artist at various organizations and schools. My demonstrations and lectures have included Washington University, the Ethical Society of Saint Louis, East Central College and the University of Missouri St. Louis

My work has been published in several books, they are:

  • Book Jackets for The Well-Tempered Teacher by Elyse Mach, et.al., Shirmer Books
  • Water media Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirits by Marilyn H. Phyllis
  • Book Jacket for Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt, Schirmer Books
  • Book Jacket for The Politics and Poetics of Passage in Canadian and Australian
  • Culture by Charlotte Sturgess 2006
I have exhibited in museum and galleries in group or solo shows, such as Martin Schweig Gallery, Margaret Harwell Museum, Nelson Gallery Art Museum. Most recently Saint Louis University Museum of Art, June 2012

RESUME


MARIAN STEEN

44 Kentom Drive
St. Louis Missouri 63132

www.mariansteen.com
Msteenart@me.com

B.F.A. Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
  • Racine Museum of Art, Racine, Wi
  • St. Louis University Museum of Art
  • Hallmark Inc. Redevelopment Association
  • Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter Inc.
  • BJC Hospital, St. Louis Missouri
  • Solon Gershman Investments
  • Emerson Electric
  • Ralston Purina
  • Summers, Compton, Wells & Hamburg
  • Plancorp Inc.
  • Citibank Corporation
  • Harris, Dowell, Fisher, Harris, & Stalnaker
  • Century Orthodontics
  • LMI Aerospace
  • Enterprise Leasing
  • Enterprise Trust (div. of Enterprise Bank)
  • Arts Council of Oklahoma City
  • ACLU Permanent Collection
  • Gary Follman Properties
  • Blanche Touhill Center, UMSL
  • Regions Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Rukin, Hyland, Doria, & Tindall
  • American Embassy, Brussels Belgium
  • Brighton Agency
  • Safeco Insurance Permanent Art Collection
EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS, AND JURIED SHOWS
  • Saint Louis University Museum of Art 2012
  • Foundry Gallery of Art, St. Charles, Mo. 2012
  • Krasl Art Fair – Best of Category 2007
  • Northshore Art Show – Chicago, Illinois 2006 2nd Place Award
  • St. Louis Artist Guild Annual Watercolor Exhibit – Best of Show
  • Wichita Art Museum, Kansas Watercolor Exhibition – Award
  • 2003 Uptown Art Fair Finalist Award
  • 2002 St. Louis Art Fair Commemorative Offset Litho Artist
  • Fountain Square Art Festival 2002 – Award
  • St. Louis Artist Guild 2002 Fine Crafts & Prints Show – Award
  • Vail Art Fair 2000- 1st Place Award
  • Carillon Art Walk – Best of Show
  • Watercolor USA Exhibit, Springfield, Missouri
  • Martin Schweig Gallery – One Woman Show
  • Inaugural Saint Louis Art Fair – 2nd Place Award
  • Margaret Harwell Museum – Award, Popular Bluff, Missouri
  • Nelson Gallery Art Museum – Mid-Four Exhibition
  • Martin Schweig Gallery St. Louis, MO
  • Messing Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  • Invitational Exhibit St. Louis, MO
  • The Gallery- San Francisco, CA
  • Monarch Gallery – St. Louis MO 2005
TEACHING AND LECTURES
  • Washington University Fine Arts Institute
  • Ethical Society of Saint Louis
  • East Central College – visiting artist
  • University of Missouri, Saint Louis 2006
  • St. Louis County Juvenile Center – Work Shop
  • University of Missouri, Saint Louis 2007, 2012, 2014
PUBLICATIONS
  • Book Jackets for The Well-Tempered Teacher by Elyse Mach, et.al., Shirmer Books
  • Water media Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirits by Marilyn H. Phyllis
  • Book Jacket for Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt, Schirmer Books
  • Book Jacket for The Politics and Poetics of Passage in Canadian and Australian Culture by Charlotte Sturgess 2006