BiographyMarcia Wegman was born in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 1935. She attended Miami University in Hamilton, Ohio, where she earned a BFA degree in graphic design, Magna Cum Laude, in 1957. From 1957-1961, she studied at the University of Iowa where she received her MFA degree in printmaking with a minor in painting. She has worked in several media since receiving her degree including watercolor, jewelry-making, and paper-making. She also has painted with acrylics and most recently has worked with pastels. Wegman is especially interested in landscapes, inspired by the Midwest landscape with which she is so familiar. She notes in the artist statement on her website that “Pastels lend themselves to developing the ephemeral aspects of light and color in the landscape.” She also says that the sky is a very important element in all of her paintings.
Wegman has taught numerous workshops on pastel landscape painting and in collage and water media. She had continued her professional development by enrolling in landscape drawing and painting workshops at places such as the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, and worked with artists who helped with developing her skills in paper sculpture, mixed media, and paper making.
Her works have been selected for many group and one person exhibits throughout the Midwest. She has been involved with Heifer International, creating paintings reflecting a trip sponsored by that group through Lithuania and Latvia in 2007. She also has received significant commissions from the University of Iowa including a large quadriptych in 2008 from the College of Medicine and several paintings commissioned by the College of Nursing. She painted landscapes for the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, IA. Wegman also painted an Iowa landscape for MAPP, a private organization formed to prevent 600 acres of farmland from being turned into a county landfill. A number of her paintings have been made into limited edition prints to be used for fundraising purposes as well as sold by the artist.
The etching by Wegman in the Fine Arts Collection was created in the fall of 1960 while she was in graduate school. Entitled “Morning Along Maxwell,” it was shown at the Fine Arts Festival exhibit held April 16 through April 22, 1961. Wegman said for this print she “was inspired by the famous Maxwell Street flea market area." (Chicago)
Source of BiographyWegman, Marcia. “Changes in Life, Changes in Art,” American Artist 62 (October 1998), 32-36; Steinbach, Robbie. Lifework: Portraits of Iowa Women Artists. Bettendorf, IA: Lifework Arts Press, 1998; http://www.marciawegman.com