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Curriculum Vitae for MARILYN MAXWELL

Artist's Statement

“At Risk” is about vanishing species. These animals are threatened by Man’s efforts to eradicate them not only through destruction of their habitat - their only home - but also through poaching and trapping for their meat, skin and body parts. Even giraffes and vultures are under siege from ritual healers. With this collection of images, I want to advance the idea of enlightened human stewardship of the wild species at risk of extinction. These photographs not only celebrate the beauty and power of Earth’s great land animals, but are also meant to call attention to their plight. They are at our mercy. My fear is that these images may depict the last decade these creatures walk the earth. This portfolio follows in the spirit of Sebastian Delgado who said, “I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions”. Artist’s portion of sales proceeds will be donated to conservation programs in Africa.



Marilyn was born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. Her love of African wildlife began in childhood with Sunday trips to the zoo with her dad and a Polaroid. It was fascinating to realize that the animals from Kipling’s Just So Stories were Real. Marilyn studied painting and art history at Texas Christian University during the 1980s. A trip to Africa in the late 1990s re-sparked a passion for photography as her creative medium of choice. She studied photography with Raul Touzon, Keith Carter, and George De Wolfe. Her early portfolios focused on spiritual practices in Mexico and Guatemala. “Rare Cheetah” and “Only Two” won first place in the wildlife category of the Julia Margaret Cameron 3rd Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography.



Fort Worth Community Art Center: The entire "At Risk" portfolio will be exhibited at the Home Fires show at The Fort Worth Community Art Center, October 5 - October 26, 2018. The reception will be October 5.


The 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography: Three images from “At Risk” will be exhibited at Space Nau Bostik, Barcelona, Spain, October 4 - October 21, 2018.


TPS 31st Annual Members’ Only Show: “Confidential” is included in exhibit at Artworks Gallery, Austin, Texas, September 7 - October 13, 2018.


A Smith Gallery: Eleven images from the "At Risk" portfolio about vanishing species were exhibited at A Smith Gallery in the Salon in Johnson City, Texas, April 2018.


The Texas Photographic Society 27: The International Competition: Rare Cheetah was awarded third place overall. Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, May 2018. June 15 it will travel to Sabine Street Studios, Houston, Texas. October 29 the show moves to the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas. The traveling circuit will conclude at Options Gallery at Odessa College, Odessa, Texas, early 2019.



9th Annual Pollux Awards, Winner in Nature Category. Exhibition:  Artefact Framers Gallery, September 18-30, London.  Exhibition includes five images from "At Risk" portfolio:  Close Encounter, Thirst, Mine, Zebra with Kopji, and Grassland with Cheetah.


Art & Oppression Exhibition, June 10-September 15, Santa Fe University of Art & Design's Marion Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  From the "The Invisible Menace Series.  Images are:  The Long Talk and Radioactive.



Berlin Foto Fest, Museo Ilalia, eight images from " At Risk" Palace of the Governors Permanent Collection:  Dragline and The Big Spill. Both seen in Frontier Exhibit at New Mexico Museum of History.  Black & White Magazine, August edition, Excellence Award for "At Risk" portfolio.  Texas Photographic International Competition, a two year Traveling exhibit: Honorable Mention for Palm with Wild Dogs and Long Reach from "At Risk" series.  Texas Photographic Society 29th Annual Members Only Competition: "Toxic Pile"



First Place in "Animals & Wildlife" category, 6th Julia Margret Cameron Competition. Among 12 women photographers invited to exhibit work at the 3rd International Biennial of Photography in Malaga, Spain. Exhibit opens September 18, 2014 7pm at the Municipal Heritage Museum and will be open through November 9, 2014


8th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: Honorable Mention in Portrait for 'Boy and Bird'. Nominee in People for 'Carriage Horse'. Nominee in Portrait for 'Fair Exchange' and 'Father'. Nominee in Still Life for 'Baseball. Nominee in Wildlife for 'Goats in Trees'.

Nominee in Landscape category in 5th Julia Margret Cameron Competition for five images found in Anthropocene Portfolio under Water Event. Titles: " Renewal", "Wetland"," Unraveled Tumbleweed", " Filter", and " Mountains, Light, and Water".


"The Conversation" took 3rd Plase - Honor of Distinction in the Silhouette category of the BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS. 


"Bull Rider" took Nominee in the Sports category of the BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS.
“Done” from the Rodeo Series is currently showing at the TPS Members Only Competition is showing in Odessa,Texas.

“The Conversation” took second place and “The Ride” was accepted for the APG show, “ In The Mind’s Eye”, which opens in Albuquerque, NM on February 3rd.

"Reclamation" and "Lucy's Story" appeared in the QUESTION OF POWER exhibit in Santa Fe, NM in December.

"Elemental Meeting Place" appeared in the 4th annual ANMPAS show in Alburqueue, NM the month of December.


Marilyn took part in a book project called “A Year Or So In The Life of New Mexico” published to benefit the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Forty-seven of her images were selected for inclusion

“Roadside Attraction I-25” was accepted into The Black and White Show, juried by Dan Burkholder, at Vermont Photoplace Gallery

“The Hair Sweeper”, a Cuban image was nominated in the People Category of the 6th Annual Black and White Spider Awards in 2011 and was published in the digital edition of The PHOTO Paper.

"Roadside Attraction", "Truck Stop, Southern New Mexico", and "Yucca" were accepted for the ANMPAS show in Albuquerque, NM


"The Blessing of the Caballeros" project, set in San Martin De Terreros (Northwest Mexico), took second place in Texas Photographic Society's competition entitled 'Captivar La Luz', a two year traveling exhibition.

“El Caballero“ was accepted into the online show called Nostalgia at the Vermont Photo Workplace Gallery.

“Yucca” was accepted into the Floral Show at Vermont Photo Workplace Gallery

“Dogs and Goats “ was accepted into the online gallery of The Photoplace Open, juried by Keith Carter, at the Vermont Photoplace Gallery

"Dressed To Be Blessed", "Lingering Thunderbird" and "Lily" were accepted for the ANMPAS show in Albuquerque, NM


An investigation of Guatemalan rituals, 'Beauty Queens and Kites', won admission to and was presented at the Santa Fe Slideluck Potshow competition