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I am a native Idahoan from a family of farmers, pilots, teachers, inventors, artists and musicians. I graduated from Colo. Women’s College, received a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. This being the beginning of my education. My studio is our former  dairy barn, it has served as a local art center for workshops, drawing groups and for many years my annual art show.


I taught high school art for two years plus many workshops in painting, drawing and sculpture. My work may be found at Houshang's Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Horse of a Different Color in Jackson, Wyoming, Brown's Gallery in Boise, Idaho,  Gallery 12 and Elegance in Art in Idaho Falls. Marilyn also shows in Northwind Gallery in Wieser, Idaho.


“Through these many years of search and research I have
come to believe that doing art is a response to one’s inner sensibilities. Though I work in several media, drawing is the unifying factor in all of my work.  I respond to humans, horses, and hills since they have those wonderful lines that are pleasing to the eye, and they symbolize the things I want my art to say."


             A few selected awards and commissions: 

----Eastern Idaho Art Museum Retrospective of Marilyn Hoff Hansen's art
----Idaho Artists at the Nat. Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.. exhibitor & panel member.

----North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden, Colo. Awards, 1982, 1986 , and 1990.

----Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 92nd and 93rd annual, New York, N.Y., awards 1988 and 1989.

----Life size bronze of "Where the Red Fern Grows", boy and dogs for the city of Idaho Falls

----Bronze Horse for the Student Union bldg. Boise State Univ., Boise ID

----4'x6' bronze relief of Mountain Sheep for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Aspen, Colo.

----Life size bronze of a Boy and His Dog for the Oaklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma



Cast Stone


Welded Steel