Marianne Menger

Profile | Statement | Biography


Marianne Menger • Statement

This statement is meant to briefly inform viewers of who I am as an artist, not to dictate how the work should be perceived.

What I know, connect with, or have deeply experienced and love is what I paint.  Many hours are spent walking outdoors, looking and absorbing.  Being in nature for me is more than a visual experience, it impacts all senses.  To convey these experiences I try to create an image that will depict what one might feel instead of literally see.  One of the methods I use to accomplish this is to expound on or repeat a specific detail or impression.  Utilizing a shallow depth of field while maintaining a sense of volume is another.  To me they are meditative and reflective paintings. 

In most cases I think about a painting much more than I sketch for it.  There are times when I have a very specific outcome in mind, which leads to deliberate painting.  In other instances I let things happen organically.  In either case methodically mixing colors has to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of painting.  I find great satisfaction in the infinite shades and possibilities.  Since I only use a few colors within a painting those colors, or color, are critical.  The color and/or texture must be significantly complex or conversely subtle enough to hold the viewer in.

While I strive to create without extraneous influence it is ludicrous to think that art is made without building on its history.  So it may be interesting to note a few of my influences; Milton Avery, Agnes Marten, Mark Tobey, James Turrell, Indian and Persian miniatures, calligraphy, and Japanese woodblock prints.

My work is not intended to be academic or mired in metaphor.  For me it is visceral.  Ideally, when my work is seen, I would like the viewer to feel.  Having said that; ultimately it’s left to the viewer to react with, experience, interpret and think about.


Marianne Menger • Biography

EDUCATION

1993
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2002-present
Studio Artist

1994-2001
Co-Owner, Antipodes Furniture, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1995-2001
Public Programming, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1998-2001
Director of Programming, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1994-2001
Co-Owner, Antipodes Furniture, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1995-1998
Program/Education Coordinator, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1994-1995
Program Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1993-1994
Gallery Manager, Wenniger Graphics Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

1989-1993
Co-Director, Benson Hall Gallery; Teaching Assistant, Silkscreen 1 and Advanced Silkscreen, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

ARTS-RELATED EXPERIENCE

2003-present
Lowell Area Arts Council, Gallery Committee Member 2003-present; Board Member 2004-present, Lowell, Michigan

2005
Lowell Area Arts Council, Curator, “Water Wonderland: Michigan’s Fragile Resource,” Lowell, Michigan

2004
Lowell Area Arts Council, Judge and Juror, 18th West Michigan Regional, Lowell, Michigan

2003-present
Lowell Area Arts Council, Gallery Committee Member; Board Member, Lowell, Michigan

1996-2001
Reach Fitchburg, Founding Member, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1994-2001
Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, President 1998-2000; Vice President 1996-1998; Board Member 1994-2001, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1994-2000
Fitchburg Art Museum, Curator, “Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft,” Annual Exhibition, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1996-2000
Fitchburg Art Museum, Curator, “New England New Talent,” Biennial Exhibition, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

2000
Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Juror, “Art in the Park,” Lincoln, Massachusetts

Gardner Art Association, Juror, “Annual Member Exhibition,” Gardner, Massachusetts

1999
Fitchburg Art Museum, Curator, “Monadnock,” Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1998
Rhode Island School of Design, Visiting Critic, Graduate and Undergraduate Glass Department, Providence, Rhode Island

Fitchburg Art Museum, Curator, “Tureen,” Fitchburg, Massachusetts

1997
Natures Art Organization, Juror, “International Nature Fine Arts Competition,” Millbury, Massachusetts

Nashua Art Association, Juror, “Annual Art Show,” Nashua, New Hampshire

1996
Fitchburg Art Museum, Curator, “Celebration of Light,” Fitchburg, Massachusetts

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Lookie Here", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Slightly Obsessive II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013
“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Power of Pattern”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2011    
“Come Out and Play”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Fall at The Lakeshore”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Summer Fun”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Opening Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2005
“Festival of the Arts”, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“The Zipcode Show”, Lowell Area Arts Council, Lowell, Michigan

2004
“Art Attack”, Lowell Area Arts Council, Lowell, Michigan