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Marianne Chapel, Gallery Director

Marianne is as passionate about forming inspiring creative spaces for artists as she is about creating her own works of art. As a resident in Sarasota County, Marianne has been aware of the distinct absence of affordable creative spaces for working artists. She tapped into her experiences traveling and teaching artists around the world to formulate the idea for SPAACES, and then to mold that idea into an operating visual arts gallery and studio space in Sarasota.

Marianne earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Buffalo State College and a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University. She was the recipient of Indiana University’s Graduate Studies Research Grant for Florence, Italy, the Charles Lanham Fellowship for Travel Abroad, and was award a research grant at the Vermont Studio Center.

She has instructed for Buffalo State College, The University of Tampa, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and currently instructs at The Ringling School of Art and Design where she was awarded a faculty grant. Marianne’s teaching, creating, and traveling experiences make her uniquely qualified to make SPAACES the community for working artists in Sarasota.


Sara Coffou, David Lyons, Toni Lyons, Michael R. Stevenson- PhD, Katherine Bzura, Karen Sullivan