Born in upstate New York, Chicago-based artist Marilyn Propp (BA University of Pennsylvania, MA University of Missouri-Kansas City) attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Provincetown Workshop, and San Francisco Art Institute. She is adjunct faculty in the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago, and is co-founder of Anchor Graphics.
Solo and two-person shows include Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NYC; Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington; Galeria AP, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico; Thimmesh Gallery, Minneapolis; Louisiana Tech University Gallery; and Moreau Galleries, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. In Chicago these include Robert Morris University State Street Gallery; St. James Cathedral; Schopf Gallery; and the Contemporary Arts Workshop.
Group shows include Climate of Uncertainty at the DePaul Art Museum; Collabrations II, Printworks Gallery; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art; Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee; Studio 18 Gallery, NYC; Koehnline Museum, Des Plaines, IL; Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL, and in Chicago, A+D Gallery; Printworks; Northern Illinois University Gallery; and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery.
She has received an Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award and a Professional Development Grant; CAAP grants from the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs; an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, Columbia College Faculty Professional Development Grants, and a nomination for a Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Award. Visiting Artist positions and Residencies include Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; Louisiana Tech University; Jentel Artist Residency Program, Wyoming, and a Ragdale Artist Residency, Illinois.
Her work is in the collections of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Summer Palace, Saudi Arabia; Amnesty International, NYC; Old St. Patrick's Church, Chicago; Hallmark Collection and the AT&T Collection, Kansas City; and private collections throughout the U.S.
Propp is concerned with the clash/coexistence between the industrial and the natural worlds. She uses engine and machine parts as source material, transforming them into animated biomorphic forms. In her current paintings, she works in a circular format in which there is continuous movement, and creates morphing and interaction between organic and metal shapes (under sea forms, tools, hardware, pipes and conduits). Individual puzzle-pieces make up the circle, addressing issues of interdependence, interconnectedness, and continuity.