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Marian McNair

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Marian McNair

Contact Information

Education

Awards & Fellowships

Teaching Experience

Singing & Performance

Artist's Statement

Selected Exhibitions

Artist's Gallery



Contact Information

Education

    1977-1979 - MFA Painting, The University Of Texas at San Antonio

    1975-1977 - BA Painting, Minor work in ceramics and sculpture, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL

    1974-1976 - Art Institute of Chicago [summers] 1974 1975 Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Awards & Fellowships

    1979 - Fellowship in Ceramics, spring and summer semesters, University of Texas at San Antonio

Teaching Experience

    1991 - present Teaches children's mixed media classes at her art studio in Lake Forest, IL

    Spring 2002 Laura Sprague School, Lincolnshire, IL. 'District 103 Fine Arts Day" - "Didjeridoo and the Dreamtime" for students 1-3. Students explored the myths of the Aboriginal people and their dreamtime, utilizing their own dreamtime to create artwork, decorate and learn to play their own didjeridoos, and act out their dreamtime stories

    Winter 2002 The Center For The Gifted, National-Louis University, Joan Franklin Smutny, Director
    "Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder" in Wheeling, IL
    Multimedia art classes for gifted students K-8

    Summer 2002 The Center For The Gifted, National-Louis University, Joan Franklin Smutny, Director
    "Art Unlimited" programs
    "Summer Wonders" in Mt. Prospect, IL
    "Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder" in Gurnee, IL
    "Project 2001" in Evanston, IL

    2000-2001 Ariel School, Chicago Public School, Hyde Park, IL. Taught didgeridoo pod for six week session. Students explored the myths of the Aboriginal peoples and their dreamtime, as well as utilizing their own dreams to create artwork, make and play their own didgeridoos, culminating with the students acting out their own dreams and myths

    2000 Lincoln and Dawes Schools, Evanston, IL as part of "Stories Through the Arts." Day workshops, and returning to Lincoln School for an all school assembly, week-long residency, and final all school assembly where children learned how to make, decorate, and play their own Australian didgeridoo

    2000 Deerpath Middle School, Lake Forest, IL. Guest artist for Fine Arts Day

    1997-2001 Suburban Fine Arts Center; classes and workshops in mixed media for children ages 4-10

    1990-1991 Montessori School of Lake Forest, taught pre-school classes in explorative painting

Singing & Performance

    2000-2002 Sings, plays guitar, and performs frequently as a solo act in various coffee houses in the Chicago area. Also released a solo CD

    2000-2002 Sings and plays the crystal bowl with Karl Sacksteder playing the Australian Didgeridoo. Performs for Yoga workshops in the Chicago area, and at Charybdis - A winter solstice

    1998-2002 Sings, plays guitar, and actively performs in the David and Marian folk, country, and bluegrass duo. They are presently recording their soon to be released CD

Artist's Statement

    I believe in harmonizing color. When one color touches another, it sets up a tone in which I feel its subtle vibration. Out of these tones, patterns form - swirling color, and beings from another land.

    I am transported with this sumptuous color. I translate the depth of what I feel, and allow the brush to compose new melodies; exploring places alive with life.

    Always the spirit has a hand in what I do. It's empty without the spirit. After painting, and inspiration departs - I am left wondering and waiting when that wonderful "aliveness" will grace me again. It is indeed a jewel like the dawn. My job as an artist is to renew myself in the light, and somehow reflect this deep love in what I do, in what I paint, in who I am. When I do my job, others feel the energy and enter into another world with me.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2002 - 9th Annual Member's Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2001 - In View, Sunset Gallery, Suburban Pine Arts Center Regional Member's Exhibit
  • 1999 - Artwear 1999, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 1987 - Designer Showcase Room for Nick Nickolas, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

  • Off The Wall, De Cordova and Brockton Art Museums, Boston, MA

  • 1985 - Back to Basic Black, Artwear, San Antonio, TX
    Show and Appearance at Stanley Korshaks, Material Possessions Boutique. August 1st and 2nd, Chicago, IL
    Collectors, Lake Quivera, KS
    Recent Wearables and Furnishings, Mobilia, Cambridge, MA
  • 1984 - Musical Fashion, for Metro Help, a Benefit Fashion Show, Chicago, IL
    Spring Forward, Show and Appearance at Stanley Korshaks, Material Possessions Boutique, April, Chicago, IL
    PM Magazine, a filming of the show and interview at Stanley Korshaks, Chicago, IL
  • 1983 - Wearable Works, Mobilia, Cambridge, MA
  • 1982 - National Accessories Show, Liberty Gallery, Louisville, KY
    Festival of the Future, Fashion Show, De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
    Macando, New York, NY
    Yards of Color, Solo Show, Mobilia, Cambridge, MA
    Aisa, Art to Wear, La Jolla, CA
  • 1981 - Bay Area Women Artists Exchange Show, Invitational, Berlin, Germany


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