b. 1929 - d. 2013
Marilyn Newmark grew up in rural Long Island, New York where she still resides. She drew her first horse at the age of four, began working in clay while in high school and started selling her ceramic horses when she was seventeen. Her sculpture is a vital artistic expression of her love for horses - around which most of her life has revolved. Marilyn has earned colors with two hunts, competed in both riding and driving shows and still hacks her horses regularly.
Miss Newmark was the protege of the late renowned horse illustrator, Paul Brown, and worked with him until his death in 1958. In those years she worked in ceramic and porcelain. She first used the medium of bronze in 1970 and since then has won over 12 Gold Medals and 90 Awards at juried national art exhibitions.
Margit Malstrom, in American Artist, said, "Miss Newmark works in the classic tradition of the 19th century animaliers... knowledge of her subject invests her sculptured horses with an impeccable quietude, a timelessness and dignity matched only by the animals, themselves."
She is an Academician of the National Academy (Ellin P. Speyer Prize, 1974, 1993, 1999; Artists Fund Prize, 1982); Fellow and former Board member of the National Sculpture Society (C.P. Dietch Prize, 1977, Council of American Artists Societies Award, 1972, Bronze Medal, 1986, Mildred Victor Memorial Prize, 1996); Founding Member and Director of the American Academy of Equine Art; Vice President and Juror of the Society of Animal Artists; Fellow of the Allied Artists of America (Linsy Morris Memorial Award, 1980, Gold Medal, 1981, 1993); Fellow of the American Artists Professional League (Gold Medal, 1974, 1977, Medal of Honor,1987).
She produces unique, limited editions and commissions. She has done commissions for the Franklin Mint, Thoroughbred Racing Association, Professional Horsemen's Association, Thoroughbred Breeders of Kentucky, Japan Racing Association and others. Her work is in the National Museum of Racing and the International Museum of the Horse, Kentucky.
Her biography is in Who's Who in America, American Art, American Women, in the World, World's Who's Who of Women and Masters of American Sculpture.