Born in Long Beach, California, artist, curator and teacher, Ann-Marie Manker (b. 1970) received her BFA at The University of Southern California, Los Angeles and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University. She teaches full-time at SCAD Atlanta in the Foundation Studies and Illustration Department. In 2001 Manker founded and directed ArtSpot gallery, which was awarded “Best Alternative Art Space 2003”, in Atlanta by Creative Loafing Magazine.  In 2005 she formed Golden Blizzard art collective with fellow artist Alex Kvares, exhibiting at Youngblood Gallery, Eyedrum, MOCA GA, Marcia Wood Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.  She was awarded the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award grant for 2006.  She was also selected for Transatlantic 2006, Artists in Residence International, exhibiting in Berlin, Germany.  Manker has exhibited widely throughout Atlanta and the Southeast, as well as in Los Angeles and Seattle at Roq la Rue Gallery.  She was a Hambidge Fellow/Fulton county grant recipient in 2009, and in 2010, she was selected for the 2010 Women to Watch Biennial Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington D.C.  Living and working in Atlanta, Manker is represented by Whitespace Gallery, and exhibited solo exhibitions in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015. In addition to MOCA GA, Manker’s work is in the collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.

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