Marissa Tawney Thaler is a visual artist living in Lansing, MI. She holds a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, MI, where she studied Art Education and Illustration. Currently, Marissa teaches elementary art for Waverly Community Schools, tutors from her studio in Okemos, and is involved with Keys to Creativity in the Lansing Mall. In 2011, she curated an Alumni Show at Gallery 1212 in Old Town, and until 2014, she was part of 4th Culture Studios who put on many area exhibitions at locations such as Scene:Metrospace and the John Bean Building. She has volunteered for Reach Studio Art, and showed a piece in 106 Gallery for ArtPrize 2013. In the past year, Marissa was awarded an Art In The Sky billboard through the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and participated in the Keys To the City piano project. Most recently, she is working as the assistant director of the Keys to Creativity Rotating Gallery. Marissa’s work, often narrative in nature, straddles the space between Fine Art and Illustration. Using primarily drawing media and often working in series, she aims to find the lighthearted side of struggles and connections in our everyday life.
Marissa's ArtPrize Entries
These are Marissa's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.