Marilyn Weiss has been exhibiting her distinctive works of art in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally for more than four decades, and has been recognized by her peers with numerous prestigious awards and honors.

She served on the Executive board of the National Association of Women Artists, and was active in the American Society of Contemporary Artists, the Contemporary Artist Guild, as well as several other major art organizations.

Weiss has the distinction of being published in The Collage Handbook, as one of the country's most interesting and notable collage artist, and is included in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. Weiss's work is published yearly in Q Review.

Marilyn Weiss has a B.S. (magna cum laude) from New York University. She furthered her graduate studies at the School of Visual Arts, The Woman's Studio Workshop, and The National Academy School of Fine Art.

The artist's personal vision entices a direct involvement from the viewer. The dominant feminine theme and frequent use of the female form are central to her art. However, she says " there is no message to convey. I want each work to provoke viewer to see whatever is relevant to him or her." Her works evoke a sense of the entire emotional spectrum.

"I am a Collagist, first and foremost, whether I am involved in painting, printmaking or the making of hand made paper. In virtually all of these media, I am constantly exploring the variety and nuances of collage.

As a self-professed "scavenger", I use and reuse any material I feel an immediate reaction to. These are most often materials drawn from my own life; recycled bits of fabric, threads, yarns, fragments of old books, oriental calligraphy gathered in travels, found objects, and/or photo copies of favorite faces and images. The myriad bits and pieces of collage I accumulate are what inspire and direct me. Despite their origins, the "collage" always lose their original identity and become my unique statement and signature.

The "media" is it's own master, and I go where it takes me. The work dictates. I listen, look, and then follow, usually on a wonderful adventure filled with happy accidents and delightful surprises. It enables me to take a new look at favorite subjects, and leads me and the viewer to a whole new place, a place filled with humor, subtle color, new shapes and joyous emotions.

Marilyn Weiss maintains studios in New York City and Westhampton Beach. She is represented by William Ris East Gallery, Jamesport, N.Y.

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