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Over the past thirty years, Marilyn Levine (b. 1935) has dedicated her career to the hyper-realistic rendering of leather objects in clay. A master of trompe-l’oeil, she addresses every detail, from the delicate stitching on the edge of a tennis shoe to the fluid folds and seams of a jacket as it hangs on a wall peg. By effectively replicating the marks, scratches, and signs of wear that leather objects develop with use, Levine endows her work with a sense of history and humanity. Her consistent dedication to this mode of working has resulted in a substantial body of work that has stood the test of time. As movements and fashions come and go, Levine’s work remains vital and relevant.

Born in Canada, Levine began her career there before moving to California in 1969 to study with Peter Voulkos. Upon receiving her M.F.A. degree in 1971 from University of California, Berkeley, she had already produced her first mature work and defined her signature style. Since that time, Levine has exhibited extensively and her work has found an important place in both the ceramics community and the art world at large. Her work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia.


1953     City of Calgary Scholarship to the University of Alberta
1957     Second Prize, Oil Still Life, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede
1967     Canadian Ceramics, Potters’ Club of Montreal, Prize for Stoneware
1968     Canadian Guild of Crafts Exhibition, Canadian National Exhibition,
            Honorable Mention
1968     Canada Council Short Term Grant,
1969     Canada Council Arts Bursary
1969     Canadian Ceramics, Louise and Adolph Schwenk Memorial Prize for Sculpture
1969     XXVII Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte, Medaglia d’Oro
1970     First prize, University Art Museum Opening Student Exhibition, Worth Ryder Art             Gallery, Berkeley
1970     Canada Council Short Term Grant
1971     Designer Craftsman ’71, Award for Ceramics, Richmond Art Center,
1971     Canadian Ceramics, Honorable Mention
1972     Canada Council Short Term Grant
1973     International Academy of Ceramics, Medal
1973     Canada Council Arts Grant
1974     Canada Council Travel Grant
1975     Associates of Brand Library Art Center Purchase Award, Ceramic Conjunction
1975     David P. Gardner Faculty Research Grant, University of Utah
1976     National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowship Grant
1977     Canada Council Senior Arts Grant Award
1978     Canada Council Travel Grant
1978     National Endowment for the Arts, Master Craftsmen Apprenticeship Grant


1971      Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, University of California, Berkeley, California
1970      Master of Arts, University of California, Berkeley, California
1961-69     University of Regina, School of Art, Regina, Canada (Intermittent)
1959      Master of Science, Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
1957      Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Museum Collections

Ackland Memorial Art Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada
Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Burlington Cultural Center, Burlington, Canada
The Canada Council, Art Bank
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Canada
Canadian Government Exhibition Commission
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Canton Art Museum, Canton, Ohio
Central Iowa Arts Association, Marshalltown, Iowa
Confederation Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, North Carolina
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Department of External Affairs, Government of Canada
Department of Public Works, Government of Canada
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, Alabama
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Ichon World Ceramic Center, Ichon, Korea
International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
Marer Collection of Contemporary Ceramics, Scripps College, Claremont, California
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
Musée National Adrien Dubouche de Limoges, Limoges, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan
Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina
Sheridan College School of Design, Toronto, Canada
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
University Art Collections, Arizona State University, Tempe
University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Fine Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Woodbury Gallery, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2004      Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica
1998      MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina. Retrospective. Catalogue
1996      Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia.
1991      O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York
1990      Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
1986      Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, Texas
1985      O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York
             Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
             UOP Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
             O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York
1983      Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco
             Asher/Faure Gallery, Los Angeles
1981      Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
             O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York
             Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Survey Exhibition. Catalogue
1980      Hansen Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco
1979      Davis Fine Arts Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
             Exhibit A, Chicago
             Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah
             O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York
1976      O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York
             University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1975      Hansen Fuller Gallery, San Francisco
             Peale House Galleries, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
1974      Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
             O.K. Harris Gallery, New York. Catalogue
             Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.                                    Retrospective. Catalogue
1973      Bernard Danenberg Galleries, New York
1971      University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
             Hansen Fuller Gallery, San Francisco
             University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
             Northwest Handcraft House, North Vancouver
1970      Canadian Guild of Potters, Toronto
1969      Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
             University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
             Moose Jaw Art Museum, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
1968      Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Regina, Saskatchewan
1967      University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
             Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Regina, Saskatchewan
1966      The Craftsman, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada