Curriculum Vitae for MARILYN MAXWELL

Artist's Statement

Spanning seven years, “At Risk” is an ongoing project focused on raising awareness of the pressing issues of vanishing species in Africa.  The animals are threatened by habitat loss from expanding human populations and by the illegal wildlife trade in animal body parts and meat. These images not only remind people of the animals’ plight, but also are intended to live on as works of art.

Painting was my first love. I chose to photograph in black and white using infrared technology in order to create dynamic images that have the look and feel of drawings. I usually keep the depth of field shallow so that the blurred background keeps the focus on the animal.  These tight portraits create an intimacy with the viewer and communicate the animals’ personality.

Sebastião Salgado  said “I try with my pictures to raise questions, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with a solution.” I want this collection of images to advance the idea of enlightened human stewardship of earth and its inhabitants, even though I don’t know what that means beyond caring.  Awareness of the problem is a good beginning.  I have loved these animals since childhood visits to the zoo with my dad.  We always focused on the exotic African animals.  Hunger and unemployment caused by the Pandemic has amplified the animals’  predicament.  My fear is that this is the last decade these creatures will walk the earth.  Helping to raise money for conservation is another goal of this project.  My artist’s portion of sales proceeds will be donated to on-the-ground conservation projects in Africa.



Marilyn Maxwell is best known for her images that look like drawings of African wildlife at risk of extinction. These images are not only meant to celebrate the beauty and power of Africa’s wildlife as works of art, but also to raise awareness of their plight. Artist’s proceeds of sales are donated to African conservation projects.

Marilyn lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a native of Ft. Worth, Texas. Her love of African wildlife began in childhood with Sunday visits to the zoo with her dad. Eventually, he gave her a camera.

She has studied with Raul Touzon, Keith Carter, George de Wolfe and Sam Abell. Awards include a First in Wildlife at the 3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, 2014, and a First in Wildlife Single Image and Wildlife Series in the 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, 2020.

Exhibitions include Fotonostrum, Barcelona; Atlanta Photography Group: Ft. Worth Community Arts Center; A Smith Gallery, Texas; multiple exhibits with the Texas Photographic Society; The Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Marion Center; and The Santa Fe Slideluck Potshow.

Marilyn’s work is in the Santa Fe Palace of the Governors Permanent collection.

Publications include: Black & White Magazine, 2013 & 2016. Forty-seven of her images were selected for inclusion in the 2011 book, A Year or So In The Life of New Mexico, published to benefit the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Women.



TPS 29: The International Competition, juried by Elizabeth Avedon: White Rhino was selected for the exhibition that runs from October 3, 2020 - January 9, 2021 at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Houston, TX, then travels to Abilene and runs from January 21 - March 20, 2021 at The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX.


APG>ATL–AIRPORT 2020: September 17 - November 11, 2020. Twist from the "At Risk" portfolio will appear in the Atrium Gallery at Atlanta’s Harstfield-Jackson International Airport.


F O M A Gallery: One-person show of the "At Risk" portfolio, September 4 - September 26, Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-5:30pm. Opening Reception Friday, September 4, 5-7pm. Guadalupe Center, 333 Montezuma Ave Unit B, Santa Fe, NM 87501.


15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards: First Place Single Division Wildlife and First Place Series Division Wildlife.


Atlanta Photography Group Gallery: Curator, Alan Avery selected Sunset Leopard for inclusion in the Alan Avery Selects exhibition. October 18 - November 30, 2019.


Fort Worth Community Art Center: Dust Bath, Young Lion King, and Scarface images were exhibited in the show "Through a Scope 2019". Sponsored by The Fort Worth Zoo. October 4 - October 23, 2019.


12th Pollux Award: First Time, Two Elephants, Leopard at Dusk, In My Dream, Going Away and Curtain Over Kilamanjaro were awarded first place in the Wildlife Series category. The selection was juried by Phillip Brookman, Consulting Curator of Photography at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Opening Reception will be on May 8, 7pm at the Gallery Valid Foto, Barcelona.



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


The 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography: Three images from “At Risk” were 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"



6th Julia Margaret Cameron Competition: First Place in "Animals & Wildlife" category, 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'.

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


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

TPS Members Only Competition: “Done” from the Rodeo Series.

APG: “The Conversation” took second place and “The Ride” was accepted. Albuquerque, NM.

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

4th Annual ANMPAS: "Elemental Meeting Place" appeared in the show in Albuquerque, NM the month of December.


A Year Or So In The Life of New Mexico: Forty-seven of Marilyn's images were selected for inclusion in the book project published to benefit the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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