Marilyn Artus explores the female experience and collides the many different stereotypes that women navigate daily within her art-making practice. Artus has worked as a curator, commercial artist, burlesque promoter, event planner, and female artist mentor. She has created shows paying tribute to women in American history, specifically exploring the American suffragette era. Artus has recently been using the American flag as a vehicle for feminist exploration.
Artus grew up in Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent two years of college at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She then returned to Oklahoma 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.
Artus was the first to receive the annual Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in fiber arts in 2011. She also showed her work in the premier exhibit Elevate on the guest-room floor elevator lobbies at the 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City.