Marilyn Banner


Marilyn Banner is an artist and arts educator with more than 25 years experience in each discipline. Her educational background includes a BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, graduate work at Queens College, State College at Buffalo, and University of Maryland, and an MSEd from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She has taught art in the Washington DC area at Maret School, Green Acres School, Maryland College of Art and Design, and in Montgomery County Alternative Programs, as well as privately.

Ms. Banner has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. She has had major shows at McLean Project for the Arts in Fairfax VA, Ceres Gallery in New York City, Marymount University in VA, Carroll College in Westminster MD, the B’nai B’rith Museum, and the Embassies of the Czech Republic and Costa Rica in Washington DC. She has been awarded ten fellowship residencies at VCCA, and in 2012 was named Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has lectured on her work at numerous institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, Maryland College of Art and Design, National Institutes of Health, Shepherd College, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work is in several public and over 100 private collections. (YouTube videos of recent shows:  2012a; 2012b; 2012c; 2008; 2007)

In addition to teaching and exhibiting art, Ms. Banner has been active as an arts activist and organizer. She is co-founder of Washington Musica Viva, a popular music, poetry, and visual arts performance series which began in her Kensington, MD studio and is now city-wide. For over 10 years she led "No Limits" support/ empowerment groups women for women in the arts in the DC area, and was regional coordinator of No Limits for Women in the Arts, a national organization. She has served on the DC board of the Women's Caucus for Art, and co-organized the 1991 national WCA Conference. She has curated WCA shows and led a panel at the WCA national conference in Seattle in 1993. The DC Area Women's Caucus chapter honored Ms. Banner with the Corinne Mitchell Award for service to women in the arts in the Washington DC metropolitan area.