Marian Berg – bio

Marian Berg has loved creating art since childhood. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of New Mexico. She became enchanted with the land and people of New Mexico forty years ago and has been joyfully painting them ever since. Marian is an award winning artist and works in fused glass, clay, and does plein air landscapes and figure painting in oils. For the past 33 years, she has also been a Registered Nurse and has volunteered at local agencies such as the New Mexico AIDS Services and the Rape Crisis Center. Early in her nursing career, she observed many hospitalized children alone in their rooms for extended periods of time. She longed to have more time to focus on the children’s emotional and expressive needs. She went back to school and earned an MA in Art Education and became licensed to teach art in New Mexico. After returning from a life changing experience in Haiti volunteering with survivors of the devastating earthquake in 2010, Marian partnered with the New Mexico Art League and started the Art Heals Project. This service provides art experiences for hospitalized children, especially those with contagious and/or life threatening illness. During the last few years, she has visited about two thousand children in their hospital rooms and facilitated art projects with them. She was designated a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association in 2015, an award for artists who excel in the arts and also give back to their communities.

Marian Berg studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of New Mexico; and she has an MA in Art Education. She is an award winning artist and works in fused glass, clay, and does plein air landscapes and figure painting in oils. For the past 33 years, she has also been a Registered Nurse and has volunteered at local agencies such as the New Mexico AIDS Services and the Rape Crisis Center. After returning from a life changing experience in Haiti volunteering with survivors of the devastating earthquake in 2010, Marian partnered with the New Mexico Art League and started the Art Heals Project. This service provides art experiences for hospitalized children, especially those with contagious and/or life threatening illness. During the last few years, she has visited about two thousand children in their hospital rooms and facilitated art projects with them. She was designated a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association in 2015, an award for artists who excel in the arts and also give back to their communities.

Artist’s Statement

I believe that art is an essential part of every culture and civilization. Visual, musical and theatrical expressions are universal ways for people to express their inner feelings and communicate with others. “The ability to create is one of the special characteristics of being human…When we are so deeply moved by an experience that we want to share it with others, we are where art begins” (Frank, 2004). I feel that art should be accessible and affordable for everyone. Expressing myself through art has helped me tremendously in dealing with life’s transitions and challenges. I have worked in several different mediums, including oils, clay, pastels and fused glass. I love being out in nature and doing plein air landscape painting. I feel that creative expression can take an infinite variety of forms. I believe that the act of making art is a healing and life affirming process.