[Indianapolis, IN ::: b. 1978 - Fort Wayne, IN]

MARNA SHOPOFF is an Indianapolis-based visual artist with an emphasis on abstract painting and intuitive drawing.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (2012) and Master of Fine Arts degree (2014) from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, where she has taught as an adjunct professor in the Foundations and Drawing Programs.  Interested in the concepts of design and spatial relationships, her work explores the idea of perception, place identity and visual memory. 

Shopoff has led panel discussions on abstract learning and haptic drawing at the Foundations in Art Theory and Education Conference (US) and the International Drawing and Cognition Symposium (UK).  She is the recipient of various honors and awards, including The Individual Artist Award | Indiana Arts Commission, the Mildred Darby Menz Award, and the 2014-2015 Stutz Resident Artist Award.  She has taken part in artist residencies at locations across the US and Europe including the Vermont Studio Center (VT); Teton Artlab (WY); Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (WI); The International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture (Italy); and Leveld Art Centre (Norway).  Shopoff will be participating in The Arctic Circle Residency (International Territory of Svalbard) this coming fall 2017.

Her work has been published in print circulations including Studio Visit Magazine, Manifest and Blue Canvas.  Her exhibition portfolio spans by both nationally and internationally (solo, group and collaborative), and she has participated in art fairs including PULSE New York (NY), the Miami Project (FL) and VOLTA12 Basel (Switzerland).  


My work is a vehicle to investigate the perceptual intimacy I find within shared spaces.  It is an exploration of place and space, an interpretation of the world around me, and a way of visualizing memory. Blending the philosophies of architecture with abstraction, architecture becomes both a visual and physical bridge between inside and out, a passageway of self-reflection, while abstraction is a way to move through, interpret and explore a space.

Conceptualizing ideas relating to place identity and lived experiences within the built environment, my paintings become an extension of my identity.  The suggested architectural elements become a metaphoric voice, representing the temporality of my human condition, while teetering between the realms of public and private, intimacy and distance.  I am interested in spatial relationships that capture an essence of a place, how we move through a space in the world and within a piece of art.  My work explores whether, through art, we can share our individual perceptions.


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2014    MFA    Painting & Drawing - Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN
2012    BFA     Painting/Art History - Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN

Brown Legacy Group, Indianapolis, IN
Fishman, Haygood Collection, Baton Rouge, LA
First Financial Bank, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana University-­‐Purdue University (IUPUI) Campus Center, 2nd Floor
IUPUI, Graduate Center for Teaching and Learning 
IUPUI, Office of Administration

2017      The Arctic Circle, International Territory of Svalbard
2016       Leveld Art Centre, Leveld Norway
              Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2015       Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 
2015       Teton ArtLab, Jackson, WY  
2014-15     Stutz Artist Residency, Indianapolis, IN
2014       Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Artist in Residence,
               Spring Green, Wisconsin
2013       International School of Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture, Umbria, Italy
2011       Ox-­‐Bow, Saugatuck, MI

2016-17   Indiana Arts Commission, Individual Artist Grant Recipient   
                Merit Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, February Visual Artist Residency 
2015        High Art Billboard Project, The Arts Council of Indianapolis, 2015-2016 Award Recipient 
2014-15   Artist‐in‐Residence Award, Stutz Artist Association, Indianapolis, IN 
2015        Artist‐in‐Residence Award, Teton ArtLab, Jackson, WY
2014        Artist in Residence, Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture,
                Spring Green, WI
2009-­14   Paul Zimmerman Memorial Endowment Scholarship


2018          Grey Area, The Harrison Center for The Arts, Indianapolis, IN       
2017          Color Correction, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2016          Shifting Perspectives, Gallery 924, Indianapolis, IN
                  Wherever and Ever, The Rose Gallery, Jackson, WY
2015           untitled solo exhibition, Frost Todd Brown, 19th Floor, Indianapolis, IN
2015           Usual Places, Unusual Spaces, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2014           Searching the Imaginary, Harrison Center for The Arts! Gallery No. 2, Indianapolis, IN
                  Gray Area, WellConnect, Columbus, IN
2012           Structured Essence, wUG LAKU’s STUDIO & GARAGE, Indianapolis, IN