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Marion Behr
Branchburg, NJ
Painting, Printmaking

Artwork Details
36" x 24"

Accomplished artist and businesswoman, Marion Behr holds a BFA and MFA from Syracuse University.  In addition to creating an amazingly diverse and skillful body of work, Behr has also revolutionized her field by co-inventing with her husband, O.M. Behr, a patented acid free, environmentally safe graphic etching process called ElectroEtch. Since Stanford University purchased their process in 1999, they have begun lecturing at universities all over the world about the ElectroEtch process.  Marion Behr also co-authored the book Women Working Home: the Home-based Business Guide and Directory in 1983 and has written numerous articles on etching and home based businesses. Among her many honors, she was appointed a Personal Delegate to the White House Conference on Business in 1986 by President Ronald Regan and in 1993 received a grant by the Charles E. Lindbergh Fund.

Of her work and her accomplishments Behr explains that “I am an artistic explorer. Partly because of this temperament and partly from my overexposure to acid bath while feathering a plate for deep embossment, my husband and I invented a new process for making intaglio plates which avoids the use of acid. While working on this invention, a portfolio evolved. Next the prints grew larger, my fascination with paper expanded and sculpture formed. Then the concept of mixed media, both in prints and sculpture evolved. For me, creating means walking an un-traveled road and finding where the natural outside and searching inside meet.”

Her work has been displayed throughout the United States, and internationally in Canada, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Peru, Poland, and Spain.  Her work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Royal Thai Collection in Bangkok, and the US Embassy in Germany, as well as locally in the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick.