Marlene Siff was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. She was an art honors student at the High School of Music & Art (now LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts located near Lincoln Center). She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hunter College where she studied with Richard Lippold, William Baziotes and Raymond Parker. Ms. Siff was also elected to Kappa Pi, the Honorary Arts Society.
Marlene describes herself as being born with a paintbrush in hand! Her past includes teaching elementary school after graduation and then creating bed linen and kitchen collections for J.P. Stevens. After finding commercial success, Ms. Siff also designed kitchen and dining room collections for JCPenney. Tennis, cooking, going to the theatre, and race-walking at the beach also play an important part in her life.
Marlene Siff’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including: the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Katonah Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Mattatuck Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, Columbia/Barnard University, the University of Texas, the Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, Eastern Kentucky University and The Capitol building in Washington D.C.
Ms. Siff’s work is also in the permanent collections of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury CT, the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport CT, B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C. and in the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell University. Her work can also be found in many private collections, including the collection of Ronnie Heyman, MoMA’s board of trustees President.
Since 2015, Marlene Siff has been juried into 134 competitions throughout the United States and has won 42 awards. She works in her home-based studio in Westport, CT.
Westport, CT 06880