Marsha McDonald was born in Toledo, Ohio. As a child, she attended art classes, first at a convent, then at the Toledo Museum of Art. In high school, she was awarded a National Honorable Mention by the Scholastic Writing Awards, as well as an Ohio Governor’s Art Award. She received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. While in school, she was the recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Theatre Grant to aid study of pilgrim symbols at Clonmacnois, Ireland. She has lived in San Francisco, where she exhibited at the California Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, Yerba Buena, and other venues. She is represented in San Francisco by Chandler Fine Art. She now lives in Milwaukee, and is represented there by the Portrait Society Gallery. In addition to her United States exhibitions, has been awarded art residencies or exhibited in Japan, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Germany, England, and Denmark. She is the recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation, New York Arts Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Nohl Suitcase Fund.
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James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
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