Fulbright to India 2007 & 2014
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Marcia Neblett (born, New York City) is an American visual artist who works across media with drawing, printmaking, book arts. Marcia studied at SUNY Purchase College (BFA) taking her first woodcut class with Antonio Frasconi. She studied at Stony Brook University (MFA) in painting and printmaking and at Cornell University (BFA candidate).
Marcia has exhibited her works on paper, prints and books in venues such as: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Everson Museum of Art, the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai, The Nehru Centre in Mumbai, Art Space Dubai, Brent Sikkema Gallery, The Lower East Side Print Shop and the AIR Gallery. She has participated in residencies that include The MacDowell Colony, the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center, The Vermont Studio Center and The Chautauqua Artist Residency.
Marcia is an active educator who is passionate about teaching art and about global education. She brings over 20 years of global post-secondary, undergraduate and graduate level teaching experience to her teaching practice. Marcia is a Fulbright Scholar who taught printmaking and drawing in India at the oldest art school in India – The Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai (2007). On a second Fulbright (2014) she lectured at the Stella Maris College, one of the few colleges devoted to woman in India. In addition to teaching abroad in India, Marcia has taught art in Sri Lanka, and in Italy with SCAD’s Study Abroad Program. Marcia has been a Visiting Faculty and/ or Artist at institutions in the United States and abroad including The City University of New York (CUNY Lehman College), Savannah State University, North Dakota State University, The College of Visual and Performing Arts in Sri Lanka and Manipal University in India. Marcia has held several faculty positions at a range of diverse range of institutions from New York City to Georgia and Virginia. Among them are: The City University of New York/ Baruch College, Cazenovia College, Housatonic Community College, Farmingdale State College, The Savannah College of Art and Design and Norfolk State University where she currently teaches undergraduate and graduate studio art.
My prints and drawings pay homage to masterful draftsmanship of the past while also being of their own time and sensibility. These works are influenced by a Medieval and Renaissance tradition of materials and ideologies, but remain contemporary in their sense of exaggeration, distortion, and combination. Individual characters often symbolize various virtues and vices, calling to mind the highly didactic paintings of Hieronomous Bosch. The ongoing series of small hybrid drawings combines a child-like sense of the whimsical with adult like fantasies. The recent Hybrids exhibition and body of work, expresses multiple anthropological meanings, focusing on the duality of the human mind and revealing the more secretive and amusing aspects of the human personality. The Hansel and Gretel woodcuts are part of a series of woodcuts on inspired by the Grimm’s Brothers Fairy Tales. If one looks closely there are amusing and surprising details.