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 Marie Siano Ungemah  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Colorado/New Jersey      Known for: botanical, animal, figure, portrait, land-and seascape painting, boats, pottery

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BIOGRAPHY for Marie Ungemah
1948 (Irvington, New Jersey)
California/Colorado/New Jersey

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botanical, animal, figure, portrait, land-and seascape painting, boats, pottery

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Biography from Great Western Art Gallery, LLC:
Marie Siano Ungemah was born to Colette and Alfred Siano on February 8, 1947, in Irvington, New Jersey.  Marie's father worked for ITT as a "Planner" for 40 years.  Her mother's activities included several community organizations including the Mental Health Association, Library Board, and PTA.  Her mother also worked as a Laboratory Technician for several years.  Ungemah cannot remember a time when she wasn't drawing or painting.  Her early works often recorded the events in her life beginning when she was 5 years old.

In 1968 Marie received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Kean University, in Union, New Jersey where she sampled all forms of art techniques and media ranging from mosaics, sculpting, tapestry, weaving, photography, pottery, drawing, painting, jewelry and furniture making.

After graduation, Marie taught art at Christopher Columbus Junior High School in Clifton, New Jersey.  In 1968 she married Donald W. Ungemah, an attorney who was in the US Navy.  They lived in Port Hueneme for two years during his enlistment.  When Don's duty ended in 1970, they moved to New Jersey residing in Mays Landing, Ewing Township and Northfield.  In 1978, due to employment opportunities, Marie and Don moved with their two sons (David and Joseph) to Littleton, Colorado.

Marie began teaching art in Colorado in 1980 for the Foothills Recreation District.  In 1990 Marie began teaching art at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO (Continuing Education Department).  She taught at the college for 12 years, ending in 2002.  Needing a teaching studio of her own, Marie opened the "La Galerie Iris" in Littleton, where she exhibited her work and taught art to adults from 1999-2008.

An award winning artist, Marie's art has been exhibited in art galleries, corporate collections, and juried art shows including National Juried Exhibits. Prior to opening her own gallery, Marie exhibited at: The Oak Rose Gallery (Steamboat Springs, CO), Jill Vickers Gallery (Breckenridge, CO), The Design Center (Colorado Springs, CO), Catherine's Art Gallery (Denver, CO), The Andrews Gallery (Littleton, CO), The Art Boutique (Cherry Creek, CO), Ken Crouse Gallery (Tivoli, Denver, CO), Sidney Rothman Gallery (Barnegat, NJ), San Juan College (Farmington, NM), Oxnard Art Gallery (Oxnard, CA), and Garden State Art Center (Atlantic City, NJ).  She also worked with Art Representatives who marketed her work through Interior Designers.

Current galleries include: The Great Western Art Gallery (Denver, CO) 2009 and the Grand Lake Art Gallery (Grand Lake, CO) 2009.  Her work can be seen on her web site
A partial list of collections includes:
• Glaswerk Schüller - Wertheim, Germany
• Orlando Marriott International Hotel - Orlando, FL
• Johnson & Frye Securities - Denver, CO
• Manville Corporation - Denver, CO
• Manville Forest Products - Rio do Janeiro, Brazil
• Ken-Caryl Vision Center - Littleton, CO
• Alexander & Alexander, Inc. - Boston, MA
• J.H. Minet & Co. - Montréal, QC, Canada

Marie was a member of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild, the Colorado Artists Association, the Foothills Art Center the Colorado Artists Registry and the Allied Artists of America; she has also served as a member of the Littleton Fine Arts Committee, an appointment made by the Littleton City Council in 1986.

Early in her career Marie was featured in The Denver Post, the Littleton Sentinel, and appeared on "Art Scene", a cable TV show.  She was mentioned in Who's Who of American Women in 1997.  The latest article written about Marie Ungemah was published in 2008 by the Littleton Sentinel, reporting her decision to retire from her teaching studio in order to focus on her painting.  A retirement party was held at "The Garage Art Gallery" in Littleton, which is owned and operated by her past students.  The party included an art exhibit of many of her students' artwork.  This specific show was the tribute to the many years she spent teaching.

Marie's art reflects her desire to explore various media and techniques.  This trait has served her well as an art instructor.  Though primarily a realistic painter, her collection includes realism, impressionism, abstract, and Art Déco paintings. Marie Ungemah is a professional artist with more than 30 years experience demonstrating proficiency in multimedia, painting, drawing, sculpture, and custom framing.  She has also demonstrated the ability to sell and market artwork through interior designers, galleries, art representatives, and to organize and promote art exhibitions.

As an art teacher she taught art to all age groups, has been a guest lecturer, and taught art workshops.  Marie's diverse background makes her an interesting person to meet.

Artist Statement:
Art is more than the appreciation of life, beauty, and manipulation of materials to create something pleasing to the eye. Though the process is enjoyable, it is more important to me that I convey my personal perspective on the subject. In addition to my impressions and experiences, I create art to record the places and subjects that interest me.

My work is diverse. I use the medium and technique that will produce the desired result. This flexibility provides me with the inspiration to explore the endless possibilities of creating art. 

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