The first art exhibit of the new year at William Woods University will be watercolors by Marilynne Bradley, an artist from St. Louis. Her paintings will be displayed in the Mildred Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts Jan 12 – Feb 6. She will give gallery talks on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.
Bradley’s talent was first recognized in 1970 when the Great River Roads International Competition in Winnipeg, Canada, honored her with its Purchase Award.
By combining an interest in history with artistic talents as a watercolorist, Bradley has been able to create unique interpretations of former and present scenes in America. The use of her skill as a draftsman enables her to use architectural design elements as she seeks to translate charm and character of historical lore into her paintings. Design and vibrant colors dominate the perception of her compositions.
To her, painting requires endless change, experimentation and variation both in content and technique. Each painting is an effort to explore the subject from a different viewpoint, allowing a personal statement for each work of art.
Bradley has been acknowledged in “Who’s Who in American Women Artists,” Who’s Who in American Education,” “World’s Who’s Who of Women” and “Who’s Who in the World.” She is a signature artist in the Southern Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society, the Kentucky Watercolor Society, and a Distinguished
Member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.
Her work is recognized in museum exhibitions, acceptance in major national juried competitions and inclusion in many major corporate collections in the United States, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Korea, Australia, Tahiti and China. She has had more than150 one-person exhibits and received more than 50 awards. Recently her work has been published in Northlight magazine and American Artist magazine and featured in the 2001 fall issue of Watercolor Magazine. She also has many videos on the market.
Bradley received a BFA degree from Washington University, an MAT from Webster University and an MFA from Syracuse University. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops are her specialty. The Arrow Rock Watercolor workshop is in its 25th year. She is on the faculty of Webster University and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In the past she has instructed classes and workshops at the Kansas City Art Institute, St. Louis University, William Woods University, Columbia College, the St. Louis Watercolor Society, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Washington University and National Art Education conventions.
The Cox Gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Call 573-592-4245 for more information.