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[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 the Leveld Art Centre (Norway).

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).  

STATEMENT |||

What happens when we set aside the need to represent what we see and instead respond with how we feel? To me, life is fragmented and layered, a mosaic of experiences interwoven with reflection and intuition: the places we visit, the homes we live in, the countries we explore – each overlapping and influencing one another.

 

Blending contemporary and classical approaches to painting and composition, I examine how human experience, place and personal memory affect ones perception of self. I am interested in the interpretation of and the interactions with the spaces that surround me. What memories or feelings do these places spark and what sort of energy do they project? As an artist, I investigate whether someone can access and experience a new view of the world through my work and how I can create a new space using my art. My work explores whether, through art, we can share our individual perceptions.

 

Using a vibrant display of geometric abstract paintings, I explore the concept of spatial identity, translating how place and experience uniquely intertwine. I use abstraction as a way to move through and define the 2-dimensional picture plane, and color to express a certain idea or mood. Perspective, saturation and transparency, together with techniques of glazing and layering, create an illusion of depth and space, while visually conveying the fusion of memories and experiences.

CURRICULUM VITAE |||

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

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
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

SELECTED ARTIST RESIDENCIES
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

SELECTED GRANTS/AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS
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

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018          Première Couche, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA       

                  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