Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Marran, MFA

Associate Professor of Art, College of Liberal Arts


photo of Elizabeth Marran

Areas of Expertise

Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, with interest in interface of digital media


MFA in Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Additional Information

After receiving an MFA in painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Elizabeth Marran moved to Boston in 1979 to pursue a career in art. In 1987 she came to UMass Boston where she continues to teach introductory and advanced courses in drawing and prints. She has taught at a number of different schools that include the Museum of Fine Arts’ Education Department, Mass College of Art, and Assumption College. in Worcester, Ma. She has been a visiting critic in painting at Mass College of Art and in drawing at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Marran's work investigates the relationship between traditional media such as drawing, painting and prints with technology. She conceptualizes her abstract images within a psychological framework where she references the relationship between order and chaos, discipline and lack of restraint, intention and accident. Recurring themes draw from the autobiographical, often poking fun of every day life through quirky and conceptual means. “I am deeply committed to process, content and form” states Marran.

Her work has been exhibited in national and international venues that include the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard Univeristy, the California Art Museum, The Rose Museum at Brandeis Univeristy, Real Art Ways in Hartford,CT. and Galerie 5020 in Salzburg Austria. Her work has received favorable notice, with fifteen published reviews including a feature article of Art New England where an image from her solo exhibition at the OHT Gallery, Boston series was used for the cover, August /September 2002. Her work is in numerous collections including the New York Public Library, the Boston Public Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, The Museum der Moderne in Salzburg Austria and the Harvard Art Museums.