Marilyn Stevens

Artist Statement

My mixed media work uses traditional handwork techniques; combining imagery, text, handmade paper and textiles in unconventional ways. At first glance, one sees re-appropriation and re-use of pattern paper and dress forms. But further exploration of each piece reveals a multitude of layers; a host of stories and life reflections. The stitch, used in many of my pieces is a connection to prior generations.

Portrait painting is my greatest challenge. It requires intense focus, perseverance and life long practice. My intention is to evoke an emotional intensity through use of color or line. Often my subjects depict friends, family, dogs and a few strangers that interest me.


A native of Nebraska, Marilyn received her BA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. A Minneapolis resident, she balances her time between art and a career in the home furnishings industry. Marilyn’s art ambitions started later in life after feeling a creative void for authenticity and personal expression. After decades nurturing her craft, she is an accomplished artist with juried exhibitions at the Phipps in Hudson, WI, Museum of American Art in St Paul, MN and the Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN. Commission work includes Forum Communications in Fargo, ND and Gunkelman Interior Design in Minneapolis.. Her work has been described as elegant, intelligent and thought provoking.



The Studio

Marilyn and her husband Gregg built a modern creative space in western Wisconsin that accommodates her art studio and Gregg’s wood shop. Five years in the making, their space is a reflection of their combined love for art, modern architecture and furniture making.

Read more about building the studio.