Biography
Marion Behr, a visual artist, is accomplished in the fields of painting, printmaking and sculpture and has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad. She won her first national award at age 7 and has been continually recognized and honored for her art all her working life.

Marion holds a BFA and MFA from Syracuse University. She trained in printmaking under Mohammed Khalil at Parsons School of Design. Her works are in major collections in Mexico (Centro de las Artes de San Agustín Etla); Thailand (Royal Thai Art Collection); Germany (United States Embassy and Druckwerkstatt Bethanien); Peru (ICPNA “Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano); and, in the United States, the Smithsonian Institution; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum; the Ben Shahn Gallery; the Newark, New Jersey Public Library; and the Social Science Research Council corporate collection, among others. One-person shows include the Johnson Gallery, Bedminster, NJ; the ICPNA Miraflores Gallery, Lima, Peru; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Steeplechase Cancer Center, Somerville, NJ; and B. Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ. In 2005 Marion was selected as New Jersey Artist of the Month by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Listings include Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who in America, and Marquis Who’s Who in the East. Among Marion's awards are: the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund Grant for Arts and Humanities; Ben Shahn Purchase Award; and a grant for ElectroEtch jointly awarded by the United States Embassy in Mexico, Francisco Toledo and Conaculta (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes).

With her husband Omri Behr, Marion co-invented ElectroEtch®, a non-toxic art etching process which is used in a number of universities and printmaking studios internationally. Marion has lectured widely on ElectroEtch and has published articles about the process in Printmaking Today, Leonardo Journal and Chemtech Magazine.

Marion’s other publications include articles and a book, “Women Working Home: The Homebased Business Guide and Directory” on home-based business (a term she originated, as opposed to the classic term, “cottage industry”). Marion was named SBA Small Business Advocate for New Jersey (national runner-up) in 1984 and received a Presidential appointment to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1986.

Marion’s most recent solo show, a culmination of three years of work, was “Image Early,” a sculpture exhibition to encourage early testing for cancer. (Read more about “Image Early” in the accompanying Artist Statement.) “Image Early” was shown at the Johnson Gallery in Bedminster, NJ, during October 2009 and received a grant from Ortho-McNeil. Marion Behr was profiled in the Fall 2009 Somerset Art Association's newsletter, SAA Art Line. (Download the newsletter at http://www.somersetart.org/pdf/newsletters/2009fall.pdf)

Marion runs a wordless blog, Myline, at http://www.mysynes.typepad.com. It is open to all artists who want to communicate with their drawing.



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