Marcia Babler

Fine Art and Design

There is mystery to my work.   
My artwork is described as "smart and thoughtful and dense with information; gorgeous with color. Mysterious and challenging...puzzles for the viewer to solve".

I challenge the viewer with a visual puzzle. 

My work uses symbolism, composition, technique and color.  I experiment with different media and a variety of techniques to enhance the message. I am a communicator with a passion for art.  There is nothing I love more than the challenge of creating artwork that involves the viewer and communicates a message. 

My story is about change and evolution, fueled by a passion for communication through art.  I believe in the power of art to communicate.  I believe in the power of creativity to challenge viewers and ultimately elicit understanding.  Simply put, I believe in the power of art.

 

A common thread throughout my evolving career has been communication.   As a professional artist I use art to communicate contemporary life and its stories.

Look through my gallery of work.  I want you to react and connect to the messages.

 

Involved in many artistic activities as a professional artist, my work has been juried and accepted by museum curators, gallery owners, and educators. 

 

A Ragdale Foundation Fellow, I am also a juried member of the Illinois Arts Council’s Arts-In-Education Roster.

 

My work has been in numerous one-woman and group exhibits, and received national and regional awards. I have been a juror of art competitions and was also technical fine art consultant and advisor for Grumbacher and Prismacolor along with developing a training program for Blick Art Supplies.  My artwork is in corporate, university and private art collections in North America and Europe. 

Education 

Mills College, Oakland CA

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Brief Bio

Involved in many artistic activities as a professional artist, my work has been juried and accepted by museum curators, gallery owners, educators and national and international artists including: Gary Freeburg (Professor and Director of Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at James Madison University);  Amanda C. Burdan (Associate Curator - Brandwine River Museum of Art); Christiane Paul (Director of Media Studies at New School, NY and Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art);  Felice Frankel (Science photographer and research scientist); Malcolm Daniel (Curator of Photographs – Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC);  Kenneth Baker (Art Critic, San Francisco Chronicle); Keith Carter, internationally recognized photographer and educator; William Lieberman, Director of Zolla/Lieberman Gallery – Chicago; Annette Carlozzi (Sr. Curator at Blanton Museum of Art); Dr. Jefferson Harrison (Chief Curator Chrysler Museum of Art);  Charlotta Kotik (Curator of Contemporary Art Brooklyn Museum of Art);  David Houston (Chief Curator –Ogden Museum of Southern Art); Dr. Russell Panczenko (Director – Museum of Art, Madison Wisconsin); Siri Engberg (Walker Art Center); Dorothy Simpson Krause (Educator and Authority on digital art); Stephen Phillips (Phillips Collection – Washington DC); Sam Gilliam (international artist); and Ed Paschke (international artist). 

 

A Ragdale Foundation Residency Fellow, I am also a juried member of the Illinois Arts Council’s Arts-In-Education Roster. My work has been in numerous one-woman and group exhibits, and received national and regional awards. I have been a juror of art competitions and was also technical fine art consultant and advisor for Grumbacher and Prismacolor along with developing a training program for Blick Art Supplies. My artwork is in corporate (including Newellmaid/Sanford Corp., Conference Plus Communications, Integrated Project Management Company, Inc.), university (including John Hopkins, McNeese State University, Oakland City University, College of Lake County) and private art collections in North America and Europe. 

Awards 

  • Award Winner - Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 109th Annual National Exhibition

  • Award Winner - Annual Northern National Art Competition - Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI

  • Anderson Arts Center First Place Award Juried Photography Exhibition

  • Alexandria Museum of Art September National Competition Award Winner

  • Kent Leasure Memorial Fine Print Award - GALEX Award Winner

  • Anderson Arts Center  Solo Show Award

  • Award Winner - Recent Works -  Annual Juried Exhibition College of Lake County

  • Purchase Award - Recent Works -  Annual Juried Exhibition College of Lake County

  • Award Winner - Rockford Midwestern Exhibition RAM

  • Award Winner - Oh, Shoot! - Juried Photography Show - Bloomingdale Museum

  • Award Winner - Contemporary Symbolism - Christopher Art Gallery

  • Award Winner - Exhibition for the Arts 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.

  • Purchase Award - Annual McNeese National Works on Paper

  • Award Winner- Images and Imagination Bloomingdale Museum

  • Award Winner - Women Photographers Competition, DreamBox Foto Gallery

  • Award Winner - Hocus Focus, Bloomingdale  Museum

  • Award Winner - Photo, Bloomingdale  Museum

  • Award Winner - Annual Juried Art Show Friends of the Wilmette  Library

  • National Award Winner -National Strathmore Digital Art Contest Award Winner

  • "Twelve Squared" Regional Award Winner, Christopher Art Gallery

  • Award Winner - "The Written Word" Juried Exhibition, Bloomingdale Museum

  • Finalist Alice & Arthur Baer Art Competition

  • Award of Excellence - "Herstory" Competition and Cover Art Competition, Manhattan Arts International

  • Award of Merit Manhattan Arts International  Anniversary competition

Affiliations

  • Illinois Arts Council’s Arts-In-Education Artists Roster

  • Ragdale Foundation Fellow

  • Tall Grass Arts Association - Juried Gallery Artist and Former member of Program Committee

  • National Association of Women Artists NY, NY – Juried Member

  • Juror – CCT Gallery, Visual Arts Committee, Northwestern University Settlement Association

  • Juror – Bloomingdale Museum

  • Juror - David Adler Arts Center

  • Member - Art Makers North, Artists on The Bluff, David Adler Arts Center

  • Illinois Artisans Program – Juried Artist

 © 2020 by Marcia Babler 

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Marcia Babler

Fine Art and Design