Title: Artist and Professor of Art Emerita
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Marilyn Murphy, artist and professor of art emerita, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art and art education.
Ever since she was a little girl, Ms. Murphy knew that she wanted to be an artist. She celebrates a career that has spanned 41 years during which time her work has been featured at exhibitions and festivals around the world. She has shared her passion as a professor of art where she not only taught but she was able to jury many young artist exhibitions and scholastic competitions in the Nashville area through her work at Vanderbilt University. Ms. Murphy has also taken the opportunity to share her expertise through several career-related initiatives including guest speaking and guest lecturer roles for universities including Elam School of Art at the University of Auckland, James Cook University and Oklahoma State University. She is also regarded by colleagues for her excellence in projects including member of the visual arts planning board for the Summer Lights Art Festival, board of directors member for the Sinking Creek Film Festival, mentor for the career development workshop for the College Art Association and member of the artist council for the Frist Center of Visual Arts.
To prepare for a professional career in art, Ms. Murphy completed an education that would give her a solid foundation of knowledge and refined technique. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oklahoma State University in 1972 followed by a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma in 1978. In her career, Ms. Murphy has curated more than 30 exhibitions including solo work and group shows. Notably, her work was featured at the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, TN, Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri, Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN, Moreman Maloney Contemporary Museum in Louisville, KY, The Arts Place in Oklahoma City, OK, the Amarillo Art Center in Amarillo, TX, the Martha White Gallery in Louisville, KY, the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville, TN, the Comus Gallery in Portland, OR, and many others. An artist at her core, Ms. Murphy has no intentions to slow down in producing art in the years to come. She plans to continue exhibiting new projects while taking on opportunities in her field to share her gifts and talents further.
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