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Noir, 2017, oil on canvas, 34 x 70 in.

Marna Shopoff, an Indianapolis-based painter, blends both contemporary and traditional methods in creating her superbly executed abstract paintings. Fascinated by phenomenology, the philosophical study of the structures of experience, her canvases fracture space into a complex mosaic of geometric shapes and pulsing color inspired by personal experiences and memories.

“…As an artist, I investigate whether someone can access and experience a new view of the world through my work and how I can create a new space using my art. My work explores whether, through art, we can share our individual perceptions.”

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Marna’s paintings are elegantly structured. Creating depth, balance and motion in the three-dimensional space of her architectural compositions. Unlike many abstract paintings seen today, hers have a focal point that draws the viewer in, allowing you to visually enjoy the whirl of shape and color throughout the transparent, overlapping layers.

141, 2014, oil and ink on canvas, 126 x 144 in. (4 panels)

The executive committee of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair chose this extraordinary and versatile painting as one of their featured public installation artworks.

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1978   b. Fort Wayne, IN

Lives/works in Indianapolis, IN


2014    MFA    Painting/Drawing – Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN
2012    BFA     Painting/Art History – Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN


Brown Legacy Group, Indianapolis, IN
Fishman, Haygood Collection, Baton Rouge, LA
First Financial Bank, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana University-­‐Purdue University (IUPUI) Campus Center, 2nd Floor
IUPUI, Graduate Center for Teaching and Learning 
IUPUI, Office of Administration


2016        Leveld Art Centre, Leveld, Norway
                Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2015        Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 
                Teton ArtLab, Jackson, WY  
2014-15   Stutz Artist Residency, Indianapolis, IN
2014        Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Artist in Residence,
                Spring Green, Wisconsin
2013        International School of Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture, Umbria, Italy
2011        Ox-­‐Bow, Saugatuck, MI


2016-17    Indiana Arts Commission, Individual Artist Grant Recipient   
                 Merit Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, February Visual Artist Residency 
2015         High Art Billboard Project, The Arts Council of Indianapolis, 2015-2016 Award Recipient 
2014-15    Artist‐in‐Residence Award, Stutz Artist Association, Indianapolis, IN 
2015         Artist‐in‐Residence Award, Teton ArtLab, Jackson, WY
2014         Artist in Residence, Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture,
                 Spring Green, WI
2009-­14     Paul Zimmerman Memorial Endowment Scholarship


2018          Première Couche, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA       

                  Grey Area, The Harrison Center for The Arts, Indianapolis, IN       
2017          Color Correction, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2016          Shifting Perspectives, Gallery 924, Indianapolis, IN
                  Wherever and Ever, The Rose Gallery, Jackson, WY
2015          Untitled solo exhibition, Frost Todd Brown, 19th Floor, Indianapolis, IN
                  Usual Places, Unusual Spaces, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2014          Searching the Imaginary, Harrison Center for The Arts Gallery No. 2, Indianapolis, IN
                  Gray Area, WellConnect, Columbus, IN
2012          Structured Essence, w/ UG LAKU’s STUDIO & GARAGE, Indianapolis, IN