MARILYN J FRIEDMAN studied drawing, painting, and sculpture at the Art Students League of New York; attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; The University of Siena, Italy; and received a B.A. in Art History and Sculpture from Stony Brook University.
She has won numerous grants and awards for her portrait, figurative, and abstract works, including four consecutive Nessa Cohen Grants for Sculpture from the Art Students League; The Tucker Fund Scholarship Award to the Skowhegan School; the Excalibur Bronze Award for Portraiture, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club; Katherine Thayer Hobson Award for Portrait Sculpture, Pen & Brush Club; Gold Medal of Honor for Sculpture, National Arts Club; Youth Awards Commendation, National Sculpture Society; In Memorium Award for Sculpture, 73rd Annual Allied Artists of America Exhibition, and the Dessie Greer Prize for Portrait Sculpture at the National Academy of Design 161st Annual Exhibition.
Her work has been exhibited at galleries and sculpture gardens throughout the Northeast. Her sculpture is in many private collections, including The Art Students League Permanent Collection. She has created commissioned sculpture for Kohler, Lufthansa, Absolut, the Art & Artifacts National Exhibition for The Center for African Art, and has consulted for the Department of Conservation at the Museum of Modern Art.
Ms. Friedman has taught at the Vytlacil Campus of The Art Students League, was a sculpture instructor at Parsons School of Design, and has been on the sculpture faculty of the National Academy School, where she gave the illustrated lecture, From Naturalism to Abstraction.
Ms. Friedman is a recipient of the 2014 Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in recognition of her work as a sculptor, and was named a 2020 NYSCA/New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellow in Sculpture.