Marion Belanger

United States
Guilford, CT
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Marion Belanger makes photographs that investigate transition and change in relationship to the land. Many of her images were made in or near lava fields, swamps, tidal grounds, volcanoes or geysers, or where earthquakes have scarred the land and where forces deep in the earth or high up in the cosmos determine the shape of the earth. Here, impenetrable greenness, scalding hot earth and unknowable holes resist human containment, but are not immune to it as evidenced by irreversible alterations of the land. Her work questions what wildness means to a culture that for the most part sees control of the natural as progress.

Her photographs of butterfly farms, hunters and gardens reflect her continued preoccupation with the land, but now as a source of sustenance. The images reveal transitional moments: a butterfly emerging from a farm-bred pupa; hunters waiting for or displaying their catch; the garden in various states of growth, dawn and dusk. With the luscious detail provided by a large format camera, we are presented with moments of quiet anticipation in settings that shift between the fertile and the dying, growth and decay, night and day. She flirts with the pastoral, but finally, her pictures are without sentiment or nostalgia. They subvert traditional notions of beauty yet still contain elements of wonder.

Marion Belanger received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a John Anson Kittredge Award, an American Scandinavian Fellowship, and two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships. She was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and at Everglades National Park. Marion Belanger has an MFA from the Yale University School of Art where she was the recipient of both the John Ferguson Weir Award and the Schickle-Collingwood Prize. She has a BFA from the College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and currently is a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University. Her photographs are included in many permanent collections including the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and the International Center of Photography. Everglades: Outside In, her forthcoming book, will be published in 2007.

Natural Instincts, Erickson-Davis Gallery, Ivoryton, CT
Flatfile Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT
7. Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen: Contemporary American Photography, Cologne, Germany
New Work/New Haven, Artspace, New Haven, CT. Annual Center Awards Juried Competition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.
2004 Annual Center Awards Juried Competition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.
Select II, The Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran,
Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Commission on the Arts Gallery, Exhibition of fellowship recipients, Hartford, CT
Both Sides of the Street: Celebrating the Corcoran’s Photography Collection,
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Photography Exhibition, New Orleans Jazz Festival Pavilion, New Orleans, LA
Landscapes, Gallery 195, New Haven, CT (solo)
Louisiana Art for Louisiana Places, A Louisiana Division of the Arts Traveling Exhibition, Baton Rouge, LA
Capitol Art, Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford, CT
Pregnant Pictures, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Studio Exhibit, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
The Harbor of the Red Mountains: Contemporary Photographers Look at East Rock and West Rock, New Haven Colony Historical Museum, New Haven, CT
6th Invitational Exhibition, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
Inaugural Studio Art Faculty Exhibition, Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Exhibition of Photography, Moira Fitzsimmons Arons Art Gallery,
Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, CT
The Virtual Self, Shoreline Alliance for the Arts, Guilford, CT.
Visual Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT
Familiar Relations, Larry Fink, Curator, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
and The Watershed Media Art Center, Bristol, Great Britian
Art Trough the Viewfinder, Alexey Von Schlippe Museum of Art,
University of Connecticut, Groton, CT
Faculty Exhibit, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Charity Hospital, Graduate School of Journalism Gallery,
University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (solo)
Exhibition of Photography, John Szarkowski, Curator, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
Faculty Exhibit, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Nature in the Nude, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Thesis Exhibition, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
Yale Photography, The Ellen Battell Stoeckle Estate, Norfolk, CT
Images ‘90 Shoreline Alliance for the Arts, Guilford, CT
Summer Artists, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
Louisiana Photography Biennial, Downtown Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Annual Photography Invitational Exhibition, New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
Solo Exhibition, Charity Hospital New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Art for Art’s Sake, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Photography by Louisiana Artists, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana Photographers/Landscapes, Contemporary Arts Center, Introductions 86, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.
Louisiana Now, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.