Born in Milwaukee, WI

Lives and works in New York, NY



1966               MFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

1964               BS University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI



2018               Walking Backward Running Forward, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

2016               Harmonies, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

2014               Circle in the Square, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland

1992               Robert Morrison Gallery, New York, NY

1989               John Good Gallery, New York, NY

1987               John Good Gallery, New York, NY

1976               Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY

1969               Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY



2018               ROYGBIV, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

                       Michelle Benoit, Marilyn Lerner, and Pete Schulte, McKenzie Fine Art Inc., New York, NY

2017               Paisley, curated by Peter Hristoff, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

                       American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

                       EDGE, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2016               Voyage of the Beagle, curated by Peggy Cyphers, RADIATOR Gallery, New York, NY

2015               Full Tilt, curated by John Yau, Novella Gallery, New York, NY

                       The Thing Itself, curated by John Yau, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

2014               Vivid Painting, curated by Christian Haub, Terrazzo Art Projects, New York, NY

2012               Susan Hartnett / Ralph Humphrey / Marilyn Lerner / Dona Nelson, curated by Klaus Kertess,

Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

2010               Rhyme, Not Reason, curated by John Yau, Janice Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

Make Yourself at Home, curated by Sabrina Blaichman, Caroline Copley, and Genevieve

Hudson-Price, 7Eleven Gallery, New York, NY

2009              Octet: Selected Works from the School of Visual Arts, Suna and Inac Kira Foundation,

Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

2008              Organic Geometry, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY

2006              To Shanghai and Back, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY

2001               Expanding Tradition: Contemporary Works Influenced by Indian Miniatures,

curated by Susan Leopold, Deutsch Bank Lobby Gallery, New York, NY


2018               Yau, John, A Dozen Memorable Exhibitions from 2018, Hyperallergic, December 30, 2018.

Rhodes, David, The Sounds of Music: Marilyn Lerner at Kate Werble Gallery,

artcritical, October 13, 2018.

Holmes, Jessica, Marilyn Lerner: Walking Backward Running Forward, The Brooklyn Rail,

October 3, 2018.

Yau, John, Marilyn Lerner’s Random and Deliberate Geometries, Hyperallergic

September 16, 2018.

Yau, John, A Show That Requires a Different Kind of Looking, Hyperallergic, January 14, 2018.

2017               Harmonies: Marilyn Lerner, exhibition catalogue, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

Yau, John, A Singular Enterprise, The Wild Children of William Blake: Essays On Art and Poetry,

p. 219, November 2017.

2016               Yau, John, A Singular Enterprise, Hyperallergic, September 11, 2016.

                       Marilyn Lerner, Romanov Grave, September 7, 2016.

2014               Marilyn Lerner, Circle in the Square, Kilkenny Arts Festival Magazine, August 2014.

Macklin, Laurence, Artists and audience asked to mix it up a little for overhauled Kilkenny

Festival, Irish Times, August 6, 2014.

Marilyn Lerner: Studio Visit, Painters’ Table, August 10, 2014.

Dunne, Aiden, Clouds in a church and other sounds move at Kilkenny Artist Festival,

Irish Times, August 15, 2014.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 set to attract 40,000 visitors, The Munster Express,

August 12, 2014.

Nolan, Mary Catherine, VAN Critique Sept/Oct 2014: Marilyn Lerner at Butler Gallery,

Visual Artists Ireland,

December 15, 2014.

Tipton, Gemma, Critics’ Picks: Marilyn Lerner, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Artforum,

September 2014.

Yau, John, Weekend Studio Visit: Marilyn Lerner In Chelsea, Hyperallergic, August 10, 2014.

2010               Naves, Mario, Rhyme, Not Reason at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, City Arts,

September 28, 2010.


 2017              American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize, New York, NY

1994               Adolph and Esther Gottleib Foundation, Individual Support Grant

1991               Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Indo-American Fellowship

Fulbright Scholarship, 1991-1992

1990               New York Foundation for the Arts, Drawing Fellowship

1989               New York State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Program

                       MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, NH

1987               National Endowment for the Arts, Painting

1981               Caps Fellowship, Painting

1976               Caps Fellowship, Painting

1965               LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Ox-Bow School of Art, Fellowship

1964               LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Ox-Bow School of Art, Fellowship



The Office of Public Works for the State Art Collection, Ireland

McCrory Corporation, New York, NY

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY

IBM Corporation, Endicott, New York, NY

Prudential Life Insurance, New York, NY

Progressive Corporation, Cleveland OH

Best Products, New York, New York, NY

Commerce Bankshares, Kansas City, MO

United Yarn Products, New York, NY

Davis Polk and Wardell, New York, NY

Arthur Anderson & Company, New York, NY

Merrill Lynch, New York, NY

Bell Telephone, New York, NY

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH