Marilyn Banner


In these paintings I shift my vision from the horizon, from a broad view of earth and sky, to what is underfoot. I work in encaustic on wood, occasionally incorporating a bit of related natural material into the wax.

Conceptually this work is about flow, disintegration, history, change, and depth. Forms expand and contract, take shape and are then dispersed with a kind of whirling energy. I share an intimate view, one in which I am awed and humbled by the natural world. The painting’s surface reflects nature: varied, highly textured, sometimes dull and sometimes luminous. The imagery recalls grains of sand, tide lines, shells, and the random stuff of beach walks. Some pieces convey calm, delicacy, and flow, while others explode with vibrant radiating energy.

As an artist my aim is to bring the viewer into my way of seeing and experiencing life at the water’s edge. A calm approach to the work can move one at once inward into the quiet and private world of the tiniest sea creature, and outward into the vast and open world of stars, spirals and infinite space.

Marilyn Banner 2016

7502 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912


2016Sands of Time/Bodzin Gallery/JCCNV, Fairfax, VA
2015Shoreline/Ceres Gallery/New York City, NY
2015When Looking Down Becomes Up/Mclean Project/Arlington VA
2014H2O/Marymount University/Arlington, VA (2 person)
2013Wind and Water/Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2013Spring/James Madison U. Edith C. Carrier Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA
2013Rhythm and Resonance/Levine School of Music, Wash. DC
2012Earth in Bloom/Brookside Gardens Gallery, Wheaton, MD
2012Light/Flow/Resonance/Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD
2011A Sense of Place/Adkins Arboretum Gallery, Ridgely, MD
2011A Sense of Place/Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2009Sacred Ground/Delaplaine Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
2009Sacred Ground/Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2008Scenes of Childhood/Georgetown University Lombardi Center, Wash. DC
2008Songs of Joy/Benfield Gallery, Severna Park, MD
2006Soul Ladders/Northern Virginia Community College, Sterling, VA
2006Still With Us/Prince Georges Community College, Largo, MD
2005Music Memory/Atlas Performing Arts Center, Wash. DC
2004Rainforest Memories/Embassy of Costa Rica, Washington, DC
2003Congregation/Bodzin Gallery, JCCNV, Fairfax, VA


2015Fusion/Central Booking, New York City NY Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Curator
2013Ancestors, Guardians, and Guide/ Sumner School Museum, Wash. DC Jarvis DuBois, Curator
2013Cherishing the Legacy/ Corcoran Museum, Washington DC Dr. P. Lawton, J Hale Curators
2013Transformed/ Blackrock Art Center/ Germantown MD (4 person)
2013Natura Viva/ ArtCurrent Gallery, Provincetown, MA Debra Claffey, Curator
2013Meet My Uterus/ Ceres Gallery, NYC
2012Women and Wax/ Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD Susan Feller, Curator
2012Inside/Outside/ Ceres Gallery, New York City
2011Exploring New Dimensions/ Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
2011Beeline/ Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA(Francine D’Olimpio, Juror
2011Sanctuaries in Time/ Barnard College, New York City Juried
2010VMRC National Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA
2010This is Our Body/ poet/artist collaboration, Takoma Park Com. Center, Tak. Pk, MD
2010Drawing the Line/ National WCA/JWAN, Beverly Arts Center of Chicago, Sarah Giller, Juror
2010Body Mind Spirit/, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, H McNamee, B Donovan, Jurors
2010Personal Armor (2)/ Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD T. Van Dyke, Curator


2012Art Cart/Saving the Legacy, Washington DC
2012Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
20122009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1995, 1993, 1992: Fellowship Residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA


2012Washington University (BFA 1968); Queens College, CUNY (1968-69); Montgomery College; University of Maryland; Massachusetts College of Art (MSEd 1982); Corcoran School of Art; R&F Encaustics


2012Ceres Gallery, New York City, NY