Marcia Goldenstein received her MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Nebraska. She has been a visiting artist at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; Sichuan University, Chengdu; Beihang University, Beijing; University of Texas, San Antonio; Arizona State University; University of Indianapolis; Tudor Hall, UK; Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw Poland; Knoxville Museum of Art; and many other schools and museums. She has an international exhibition record and is represented in numerous public and private collections in the US, Europe and China. In 2016 she was named Outstanding Alumna at the University of Nebraska Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Goldenstein’s recent works have followed two very different paths in both imagery and material.
“I approach landscape painting through composites of different times and places, constructed in such a way as to produce new, believable and striking situations. Low on the picture plane, the land is paired with a spectacular evening sky that dominates with its dramatic forms and hues. Giving substance and structure to color-infused air and atmosphere is in contrast to the dwarfed panorama below the horizon. Where they meet becomes the heart of the work.
I value the combination of invention and reality, of abstraction and representation, of multiple views and approaches that continually provide me with refreshing opportunities for discovery and interpretation.
My Women in Stitches series are embroidered portrait catalogues of iconic women who chose the challenge of professional careers in art and as activists while eschewing the socially acceptable domestic crafts considered “women’s work” with which they are portrayed. “In Stitches” is a metaphor for a laugh at any criticism they may have received during their professional pursuits. Remarkable women artists struggled and succeeded in competing with men who dominated the field. Women activists have made their voices heard–for gender equality, social justice, the environment, education, women’s rights and more. Both groups of women have emphatically redefined the meaning of “women’s work”. They forged opportunities for all women and I love and honor them more with each stitch I make.”
Master of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska; Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska