Marilyn Artus grew up in Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent two years of college at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. She worked for 13 years in the gift industry designing products and packaging for United Design Corporation and Relevant Products for manufacturing worldwide. In 2008, Marilyn became a full-time visual artist.
Marilyn Artus explores the female experience in her works. Marilyn has also been a burlesque promoter, curator and female artist mentor. She has created shows that explore the suffragette era in the US, aid tribute to founding burlesque performers and continues to collide the many different stereotypes that women navigate through on a daily basis.
She was the first to receive the annual Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in fiber arts in 2011 and exhibited in the premier exhibit of "Elevate" on the guest room floor elevator lobbies at the 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City.