Marilyn Darrell

Marilyn Darrell is an Austin, Texas based artist. She was born in Louisiana, raised in rural areas of Nebraska and Northern California, and called Portland, Oregon home for over 10 years. She received her Masters in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies | 2012
Pacific Northwest College of Art | Portland, OR

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting | 2008
University of Oregon | Eugene, OR

Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction, Psychology
University of Nebraska | Lincoln, NE


The Barker Hanger, Los Angeles, CA | 2019
Unlimited, PageSpace,
Portland, OR | 2017
LalenaLab, Austin, TX | 2017
12 x 12 Collection,
MASS Gallery, Austin, TX | 2017
Hear for All: Activism through Prints,
The Art Gallery, Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR | 2017
Winter Art Pop Up, The White Horse, Austin, TX | 2016
West Austin Studio Tour,
Austin, TX | 2016
The People's Gallery 2016 Exhibition,
Austin, TX | 2016
Winter Art Pop Up, The White Horse, Austin, TX | 2015
The Subject is
War (juried show),Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR | 2014
for which it stands
, EXO Project Space, Chicago, IL  | 2013**
Blindly We Go, Stumptown, Portland, OR  | 2012**
The Portrait Project, FOCO Gallery, Portland, OR  | 2012
MFA in Visual Studies Thesis Exhibition, PNCA, Portland, OR | 2012
Eye on Eye
, Washington University, Vancouver, WA | 2012
Painting is Watching, MFA Gallery Central, Portland, OR | 2012
The First Cut is the Deepest, Disjecta, Portland, OR | 2011
Global Studios: Senegal, Gallery 214, Portland, OR | 2011
Eleventh Hour, Lodge Gallery, Portland, OR | 2010
Meet and Greet Exhibition, MFA Gallery Central, Portland, OR | 2010
Heteroskedasticity, BFA Terminal Show, Krause Gallery, Eugene, OR | 2008**
Selected contributor, Oregon Voice Special Edition Mini-Book, Vol XVI, Issue 7 | 2006

** denotes solo show


MFA Scholarship: Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art | 2012
MFA Scholarship: Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art | 2011
Global Studies Student Travel Grant, Pacific Northwest College of Art | 2010
David McCosh Scholarship in Painting, University of Oregon | 2008
Harry K. Wolfe Award in Psychology, University of Nebraska
Graduate Women in Science Award for Undergraduate Achievement in Science, UNL


Gato Negro Studios, Austin, TX | 2015
Global Studies: Dakar, Senegal, Pacific Northwest College of Art (3-week residency) | 2010


Owner, Illuminate Studio, Austin, TX  | February 2016-present
Creative Director, Vaquero Media, Portland, OR  | August 2014-June 2016
Charge Scenic Artist, Production of Urinetown the Musical, Cleveland High School, Portland, OR | 2014
Visiting Artist Lecture, Washington State University: 2D Visual Design | 2013 and 2012
Teaching Assistant/Observer, Pacific Northwest College of Art: Beginning Drawing | 2012
Critical Pedagogy Course, Pacific Northwest College of Art | 2011 - MFA course comprised of pedagogical strategies in post-secondary arts education
Volunteer, Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts, Portland, OR | February 2012
Gallery Attendant (volunteer), Disjecta, Portland, OR | July 2011
Lab Technician for Photography Lab, University of Oregon | Spring 2007