Academics Marrin Robinson - Art
Artist Marrin Robinson taught at Marlboro College in the 1990s, and has also shared her art and experience at Smith College, Colorado College and Principia College. From 1999 to 2006, she lived in Egypt, where she taught art and was head of the art unit at the American University in Cairo. Her travels to Jordan, Morocco, Portugal and Greece, where she was an artist in residence at the American College in Athens, have inspired her works in oil and mixed media watercolors. "My paintings are based on place as seen, experienced, remembered and imagined," says Marrin. "Place as a state of mind and emotion as much as one of geography,"
"The underlying basis of my teaching is for students to develop their own personal search in art and to discover their particular, unique visual voice," says Marrin. In the classroom her emphasis is on problem solving, on asking students to analyze, experiment and come up with creative solutions. "I want students to develop the necessary skills and find that art is about discovering one's individuality," she says. "It's about communication and stretching one's capabilities as a thinker."
Marrin has had group and solo exhibits of her work throughout the northeastern United States and in Egypt, Greece and Portugal. Her work has been published in books and magazines, such as Euclid in the Rainforest by Joe Mazur, math professor emeritus, and the cover of the Marlboro Review. Marrin has received several research grants and awards, including travel grants from American University in Cairo to paint in Egypt and Jordan and a Fulbright grant to paint for a year in Portugal. In 2007, she was the moderator for an Olin Conference panel on "Crossing Cultures," at Washington University. Marrin created a book on southern Vermont artists for Art Horizons International in 2009, and has provided art history lectures for their clientele.
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1983; M.F.A., Washington University, 1987