Marilyn Banner


I am on a search for a sense of “home” in the natural world.. I seek resonance, always, with the deepest part of my being. What moves me there requires that I give it form.

I feel a sense of home when I am close to the earth, in touch, literally, with ancient stone and rock, where I can feel the energy, the history in it. I am grounded there, in the solidity, the perseverance of it through time. 

Lately I find my sense of home with lichen. I am drawn to it everywhere – on the boulders, on stones and old wooden fences, on the trees in my neighborhood. It draws me in close, and I am mesmerized by its stillness and aliveness. It speaks to me in a silent language. I listen.

Marilyn Banner 2021

7502 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912


2019GroundingCeres Gallery, New York City
2018Flow /Artists&Makers Gallery/Rockville MD
2016Sands of Time/Bodzin Gallery/JCCNV, Fairfax, VA
WatermarksAdkins Arboretum Gallery, Ridgeley, MD 
At the EdgeDelaplaine Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
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


2021Jewish Authenticity and Identity/ Adas Israel Synagogue, Washington DC Ori Z Soltes, Curator
2020Terra Infirma/ The Bremen Museum, Atlanta, Georgia 
2019BMRE Bienniel Juried Exhibition/ UMGC, Adelphi MD Preston Sampson, Cherry Schroeder, Gretchen Schermerhorn, Jurors 
A Sense of Place in Contemporary Encaustic/ Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ Lisa Pressman  Curator
2018Terra inFirma/ Bernard Heller Museum/ HUC, NYC Laura Kruger, Curator
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