Maren Bell

Statement
Graduating with a Masters in Fine Art from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, Maren studied with accomplised painters and working artists including Anne Craven, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Gerald Bergstein. After living and exhibiting on the East Coast for several years, Maren returned to Indianapolis, Indiana where she now lives and works. In 2008, Maren received an artist grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center where she started her most recent botanical series.
These paintings are close studies of botanical life created through many layers of acrylic and oil paint. Interest lies in constructing natural environments that are harmonized in form and space, much like a gardener builds a garden or a florist arranges flowers. Negative spaces, texture, transparency and most importantly a play between foreground and background are important. Unlive Western landscapes, the paintings reference Asian flower painting; they reflect the artist’s deep appreciation for nature and the balance that must exist for all things to live together.

Bio
Education:

2004 Masters of Fine Arts Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Studied with artists Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Ann Craven and Gerald Bergstein
2002 Post Baccalaureate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2000 Miami Universtiy, Oxford, OH Cum Laude
Concentration: Painting and Printmaking

Residencies:

2008 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Awards:

2007 Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center
1999 Fred and Molly Pye Memorial Scholarship for Painting, Miami University
1999 Thomas Wolfe Printmaking Scholarship, Miami Univ.
1998 American Greetings Award, Miami University

Selected Exhibitions:

2008 New Works, Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN
2007 White Christmas, Harrison Center, Indianapolis, IN
2006
2007
2008 Stutz Artist Tour, Stutz Business Center, Indianapolis, IN
2005 The Romantic View, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, MA Curated by Kathy Halamka
2004 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Slater Concourse Gallery, Tufts University

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