Marlana born in Ottumwa, Iowa. Raised in Oskaloosa, where the rural setting informed her aesthetic.
Moves with family to Laramie, Wyoming for father’s academic appointment at UW School of Law. Spends time in Medicine Bow Range and in the Colorado Rockies. Inherits father’s dream of living in the American West. Secretly draws in closets and on walls to the consternation of parents.
Kansas City Art Institute
Enters foundation program at Kansas City Art Institute in place of senior year of high school. Studies calligraphy with Carl Kurtz and lithography with Bill McKim, (in the school of Thomas Hart Benton). Adopts the habit of daily journal entries with imagery.
Travels for study in Vienna, Austria. Notes the use of gardens in health care settings and for personal use in most homes.
BFA, Colorado State University. Also camp counselor with Cheley Co. Camps in Estes Park and Glenhaven, Co.
MFA & Residency
Lithography, Mid-Four Biennial
Lawrence Lithography Workshop Grant, Lawrence, KS. (Prints from the period acquired for the permanent collection of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.)
Work included in Mid-Four Biennial, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO.
Grumbacher Gold Medal
Receives the Grumbacher Gold Medal in Watercolor, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS.
Completes MAIS from Marylhurst University. Thesis: “Why Drawing Matters: an examination of drawing through a spiritual lens.” Work shown at St. John’s College, Santa Fe.