Tom Plummer Gallery

Fine Art for Clients of Fine Taste

Marian Dunn



I have been interested in art for as long as I can remember.  I didn't start showing my work until 1990 but graduated from college with a BFA, married, had three boys, and went back to school for an MFA. Instead of finishing that I agreed to co-write and perform a PBS humanities show called "Experiencing Art" for elementary school age children for a three year period.  After that I continued to lecture to ALL AGE groups with some of the same materials.  What I learned from that experience is that learning about art is a lifetime endeavor.  I teach workshops--I take workshops--there will always be something new to ingest.  

Because I am curious I work in many mediums and am always trying new approaches.  One thing in which I specialize though is working luminously.  I am a colorist and always look for and generally teach painting in such a way that, in whatever medium, the color gleams as in a stain glass window.  

 Luminosity is the greatest goal in my work, no matter in what media.  Individual paintings might show my responses or impressions of an object's contour, of a single figure, of people at work or play, of the interplay of light and shadow on an object, of a landscape, or of a still life.  Being a colorist, my work is often high-key and cheerful.  Being an impressionist, I approach my paintings, whether representative or abstract,  from an abstract perspective. 


University of Utah, B.F.A.: Cum Laude: Graduate Work, U of U and Snow College, 1980-97: Numerous seminars and Workshops in Art Media in Italy, France, California, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and South Carolina.


Television: Created, wrote, and hosted "Experiencing Art," an arts and humanities series for PBS Television

Teaching:  Lecturer to various civic and educational organizations.

        Drawing and painting workshops specializing in Luminosity

        Art Lecturer and consultant, U of U Alumni Tour of Los Angeles Area

Juror:  Juried various art shows and exhibitions

Awards and collections: My art has in in the public collections of the University of Utah Fine Arts Museum, the Springville Art Museum, the Fairview Museum of History and Art, the L.D.S Church Museum, St. Mark’s Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, the National John Steinbeck Center, the Salt Lake International Airport, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and Salt Lake County Art Collection.

My artwork is in the collections of 16 corporations and 11 galleries.

I have received numerous awards of excellence, awards of merit, traveling awards, and several awards for best of show.