Personal Biography Statement
Marilee Salvator received her BFA from Illinois State University, Normal, IL in 2000 and her MFA degree from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM in 2004.
She has taught printmaking and design at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB and received tenure at Bloomsburg University. She recently began a new position as an Associate Professor of Art and the Printmaking Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Marilee Salvator’s work has been exhibited in over 70 solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, South Korea, China, Poland, Italy and Romania.
She has served as a visiting artist at University of New Mexico, University of Nevada at Reno, California State University at Long Beach and Manitoba Printmakers Association. Her work is included in over twenty-five public collections including JCI University, Jiangxi China, Tama Art University, Tokyo Japan and Sakimi Art Mueseum, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Salvator’s work draws inspiration from repetitive mark making, biological forms, and plant life. The work is a formal exploration of shape and pattern. She is fascinated by nature and biology. Cells are of particular interest to her. She is intrigued by their ability to reproduce, mutate and spread uncontrollably. To the untrained eye, cells can be seen as beautiful forms/shapes, interesting patterns. However, to a specialist these forms mean so much more including the spread of unwanted disease and death. She finds it fascinating how something so detrimental as cancer, can look so beautiful under a microscope. In our world, things often appear one way, but upon closer examination, are completely different.
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