Marilyn Chen is an Atlanta based artist, curator, and performer.  She studied fine art painting at the Atlanta College of Art, and then transferred to SCAD-Atlanta in 2006, when the two schools merged.  She continued the ACA curriculum allowing her to pursue photography as well as Painting.  This helped her achieve the Forward Arts Foundation Scholarship.  As Art Director of The Connector, the SCAD-Atlanta student run newspaper, Marilyn received an award for Student Leadership as well as the "Best Performer Under Pressure Award."  She also won multiple awards for the newspaper through GCPA.  During her years at SCAD, Marilyn's work has been exhibited at  Eyedrum, MOCA, MODA,The High Museum, as well as other alternative art spaces.  She has also curated conceptually driven fine art shows through her school as well as established professional galleries.  Marilyn is interested in issues that revolve around women, addiction, sexuality, violence, and dream psychology.  Her works explores the medium of painting, photography, installation, dance and alternative media.  She was a co-founder and served on the board of directors of the non-profit organization, MINT Inc, Atlanta, Ga.  MINT is dedicated to providing a networking conduit for Georgia’s art communities including established and emerging artists.  Marilyn also worked with the Addo Foundation as Creative Director.  Marilyn is currently working as a fine art painter at Devenzia Studios as well as beginning her own commercial photography business.  Marilyn also performer and owns a specialty entertainment company, Liquid Sky, that specializes in high quality acts and productions. 




                  Atlanta College of Art –Student Senate, Last Graduating class to Graduate from ACA.
                  Savannah College of Art and Design/ ACA - BFA Fine Arts.
                                              2008 Valedictorian
                                              Concentration in Painting & Photography
                                              Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List, Student Media

                  2008          Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
                  2008          SCAD Student Leadership Award
                  2008          Best Performer Under Pressure Award
                  2008          GCPA award for Best Layout and Design
                  2007          Forward Arts Foundation Scholarship
                  2007          Connector Student Leadership Award
                  2006          Carmichael Endowed Scholarship
                  2006          ACA Merit Scholarship

Curatorial Experience     
                  2010                The Addo Foundation’s First Annual Silent Art Auction,  Havana, Atlanta, GA
                  2008                Dorito Art Show, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                  2008                MINT Selects, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                  2007                Take Flight, Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                  2007                WINDOWS, The Doo Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                  2007                Monster Wars, Apache Café, Atlanta, GA

Film  Experience      
                 2014                The Crossroads Project: Aerial Theatrical Film
                 2013                Aash Music video. “ Make me wanna go Oh”
                 2013                Asphalt Valentine Music video. “Living Dreams”
                 2013                Catering Wars: The Circus & The Civil War
                 2013                The Originals   Specialty Aerial Silk Performer


         2014             Exposed. 7 Stages. Aerial Theater. Producer/Director.
         2013             The Dead Can Dance.  Director. Music Video

         2013             Operas Shit Show.  Director of Specialty Talent.

 Performance  Experience      

        2011-2014  Multiple weekly performances in aerial, fire, and or dance for corporate, nightlife, and artistic events. 
                         Full theatrical shows to ambient entertainment. Director of entertainers.

Past Employment
                 Godlike Productions – Graphic design/ Web design
        – Graphic design/ Promotions
                 Ritual Entertainment - Director of Photography

The Connector 2007-2008 – Art Director – Photographer

Mint Gallery 2007-2009 – Nonprofit. Founder. Gallery Management. Board Member. Curator
                 Curatorial Experience, fundraising, benefit and event production, sponsorship
                 Design and promotions of art related events and organizations
                 Design and identity for gallery publicity, advertising, web and creative services
                 Artist/ Gallery/ Community relations

 Foster & Associates 2008-2009– Digital Specialist & Photo Retoucher
                 Photo Retouching, File Management, Image manipulation
                 Worked in fast deadline driven atmosphere

Addo Foundation and Gallery 2009-2010 – Nonprofit. Manager/Art Director/Curator
Designed and managed a nonprofit foundation and gallery
                 Curatorial Experience, fundraising, benefit and event production, sponsorship
                 Design and promotions of art related events
                 Design and identity for gallery publicity, advertising, web and creative services
                 Admin for Foundation and Gallery:  Created internal documents such as Office Policy
                         and Procedures Manuals, Volunteer Applications, Artist Consignment Agreements
                 Researched and maintained relationships with local artists by conducting studio visits
                 Safely managed the shipping of large artworks

Michael C. Carlos Museum 2011- 2012

Current Employment
DaVenzia Studios 2006- current  – Gallery Promoter, Fine Art Painter, Photographer

Marilyn Chen Freelance Photography 2007- current
 Photography in both digital and analog formats
                  35mm, Medium Format, Large Format
Photo editing, color correcting,
Advanced control of Photoshop manipulation and retouching
                 Fashion, lifestyle, still life, beauty, product, environmental portraits,

SkyGym 2011- current
                 Aerial Silks Instructor 2011-current.  Advance aerial and stretch instruction.

Liquid Sky 2011- current
                 Owner, Creative Director, Aerialist, Dancer, Choreographer, Producer