Marcia Marcus

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Marcia Marcus
Born (1928-01-11) January 11, 1928 (age 91)
EducationNew York University
Cooper Union
Art Students League
Known forPainting

Marcia Marcus (b. New York, NY, Jan. 11, 1928) is an American figurative painter of portraits, self-portraits, still life, and landscape. Her work is owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Williams College Museum of Art, and the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.

Early life and education[edit]

Marcus was born in New York City.[1] She earned her B.F.A. at New York University in 1949, followed by studies at Cooper Union in 1950–52 and with Edwin Dickinson at the Art Students League in 1954.[1]


In 1963 and 1965 Marcus's work was included in the biennial exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1962-63 she was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to France.[2] She taught at many institutions, including Purdue University; Moore College of Art and Design; Rhode Island School of Design; Cooper Union; Louisiana State University; New York University; Vassar College; Cornell University; Iowa State University; and Northern Arizona University.[3] Marcia Marcus performed the first "Happening" conceived and directed by a woman.[citation needed] Red Grooms, Bob Thompson, and Richard Bellamy performed In The Garden: A Ballet at the Delancey Street Museum in January 1960.[citation needed]

Although known for self-portraits,[4] Marcus painted portraits of many people associated with the arts including collectors, critics and fellow artists. Among those Marcus depicted in her paintings were Jill Johnston, Red Grooms, Lucas Samaras, Willem de Kooning, Sari Dienes, Henry Geldzahler, Myron Stout, Bob Thompson, and Roy Neuberger.[citation needed]

Marcia Marcus is represented by the Eric Firestone Gallery in New York City.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1957 March Gallery, 10th Street, New York, NY
  • 1960 (February) Happening & Ballet, New York, NY
  • 1960 (April) Delancey Street Museum: Exhibit, New York, NY
  • 1961 Cober Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1962-64 Alan Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1966 Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
  • 1967 Graham Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1969-66 Tirca Karlis Gallery, Provincetown, MA
  • 1970 Mackler Gallery, Philadelphia. PA
  • 1972 New Orleans, LA
  • 1972 Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1973 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • 1974 ACA Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1974 Wellfleet Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
  • 1975 Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
  • 1976 Bloomsburg College, Bloomsburg, PA
  • 1979 Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1980 Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar, IA
  • 1980 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 1980 Wheaton College, Norton, MA (March)
  • 1984 Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
  • 1985 Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH
  • 1986 Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
  • 2017 Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, NY


  • 1961 Walter Gutman Fund
  • 1962-1963 Fulbright Grant to France
  • 1964, 1977, 1982 Imgram-Merrill Award
  • 1964 Rosenthal Award
  • 1964, 1971 Childe Hassam Fund Purchase
  • 1966 Ford Foundation Artist in Residence Grant to RISD Museum
  • 1991-1992 National Endowment for the Arts, Painting
  • 1993 Pollock-Krasner


  1. ^ a b "A Finding Aid to the Marcia Marcus Papers, 1928-2016, bulk 1950-2000, in the Archives of American Art" (PDF). Archives of American Art. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Marcia Marcus". The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Marcia Marcus". Asheville Museum of Art. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ Yau, John (29 October 2017). "A Cerebral Portraitist's Unaccountable Neglect". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 21 March 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Marcia Marcus [1]
  • Marcia Marcus papers, 1934-1983, at the Archives of American Art
  • Marcia Marcus paintings at the Hirshhorn
  • Walter K. Guttman Collection[2]
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation [3]
  • Art of the Print: 1974 Olympic Games Poster [4]
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum [5]
  • New York Times, When Artists Ran The Show, January, 2017 [6]
  • Hyperallergic, A Cerebral Portraitist’s Unaccountable Neglect, 2017 [7]
  • Hamptons Art Hub, ART REVIEW: Portraits by Marcia Marcus Look Deeply into Identity at Firestone, 2017 [8]
  • ArtForum, Marcia Marcus at Eric Firestone Gallery, 2017 [9]
  • Artcritical: Artists Angela Dufresne, Derek Fordjour and Mimi Gross join David Cohen to discuss the work of Marcia Marcus, 2017 [10]
  • Video: Marcia Marcus A Panel Discussion at ERIC FIRESTONE GALLERY, 2017 [11]
  • Talking Pictures, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe and CNQ draw Marcia Marcus at Eric Firestone, 2017 [12]
  • Artnet News, Here Are 25 New York Gallery Shows That You Need to See This October 2017 [13]
  • New York Times ARTS: What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week, 2017 [14]
  • A Painted River of Gold Links a Group of Portraits, 2017 [15]
  •,THe YEAR IN CULTURE 2017: The 10 Best Art Achievements of 2017, Jerry Saltz [16]
  • Art in America: January 1, 2018, Review by Eric Sutphin of Marcia Marcus, Role Play, Eric Firestone Gallery [17]
  • A Sense of Place: Artists and the American Land [18]