Marilyn Artus

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Marilyn Artus
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Visual Artist Marilyn Artus
Born Marilyn McBrier
Known for Visual arts, fiber arts, digital collage

Marilyn Artus (Marilyn McBrier Artus) is a visual artist whose work explores the female experience. Marilyn has also been a burlesque promoter, curator and female artist mentor. She has created shows that explore the suffragette era in the US, paid tribute to founding burlesque performers, and continues to expose the many different stereotypes that women navigate on a daily basis.

Marilyn grew up in Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent two years of college at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She then returned to Oklahoma and finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of Oklahoma. She worked for 13 years in the gift industry designing products and packaging for United Design Corporation and Relevant Products for manufacturing worldwide. In 2008, Marilyn became a full-time visual artist.

Some of the highlights of Marilyn's art career have been solo and group shows in Oklahoma and Washington, being the first to receive the annual Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in Fiber Arts in 2011, and in 2010 leading an art making workshop at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City in association with the retrospective exhibit Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968.

Digital collage on canvas with hand & machine embroidery by Marilyn Artus


Our Lady of the Anti-Personnel Weapon & Her Stepford Friends[edit]

Her first solo exhibition, Our Lady of the Anti-Personnel Weapon & Her Stepford Friends at AKA Gallery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma garnered local and national attention. The exhibit included 9 life size collage images of the Virgin Mary holding various hand-embroidered weapons with vintage ads behind the images of Mary. The exhibit also included the Stepford series of 9 collage & embroidery pieces that were composed of pin-up queens with religious and anatomical imagery.

The Girlie Show[edit]

Marilyn was one of the founders of The Girlie Show,[1] a 2-day, annual all-female art and craft show in Oklahoma City that was founded in 2003. The Girlie Show drew artisans from all over the United States to exhibit, celebrate, encourage, and showcase female talent. As well as exhibit and promote creativity, the organization awarded a deserving female art or design student a $1,000 scholarship each year. After 10 years of producing The Girlie Show, the founders ended the event in 2013.

The Girlie Show founders, Erin Merryweather, Dawn Tyler Harth, and Marilyn Artus were awarded the "Great Inspirations" award in 2008 by Creative Oklahoma, Inc. (CO) [2] a statewide non-profit organization that promotes and catalyzes creative idea generation in individuals and institutions. This award recognizes individuals that create Oklahomans' creative endeavors, solutions, or activities as both a stimulus and an example for other corporations, organizations, communities, or educational institutions.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School[edit]

Marilyn is also the founder of the Oklahoma City branch of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School,[3] a cabaret life drawing class that was founded in New York City in 2005 by illustrator and former artist's model Molly Crabapple and illustrator A.V. Phibes. Marilyn opened her branch of the international franchise in January 2009. Dr. Sketchy's branches exist in over 100 cities around the world. Branches vary in their conservatism, nudity levels, and skill of their artists.


Marilyn was Volunteer of the year in 2014 for Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma. She also serves on the board of directors for PPCO (Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma).

From 2009 to 2012, Marilyn served as board vice president for Individual Artists of Oklahoma, a non-profit organization that promotes and provides opportunities for Oklahoma artists.

She was the first recipient to receive the Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in Fiber Arts in 2011.

In 2010, she led an art making workshop at The Brooklyn Museum in New York in conjunction with the retrospective exhibit Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968.


  1. ^ "Handmade 2.0". Rob Walker. The New York Times. 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Great Inspirations Recognition Recipients". Creative Oklahoma, Inc. Creative Oklahoma, Inc. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ "A World Drawn From Wild Tastes". Carol Kino. The New York Times. 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 

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