Marlene Steele


Marlene Steele


Old Bank, Brighton

Oil on Canvas

16 x 20 inches

Signed Lower Left

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A native of Northern Kentucky, Marlene Steele is a graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, major in painting and drawing. A Signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club, Member of the Portrait Society of America and Pastel Society of America, Marlene has participated in numerous solo and group shows through her career and maintains a ceaselessly productive studio practice.  Marlene Steele received an OAC Individual Excellence Grant for state fiscal year 2019 for her Museum Center Series of plein air pastels and oil paintings. This is an exciting award in a highly competitive state wide grant process. Marlene Steele's work is collected in numerous corporate and private collections.


2011-2012 Governor's Ohio Landscape Invitational, State Offices, Columbus Ohio

2010 Atlanta Fine Arts League "Simply Drawn"   AWARD

Lexington Art League " NUDE" Juried Show

Gallery Salveo "Metropolis" Landscape Invitational, Cincinnati Ohio

Woman's Art Club, Annual Juried Show, Cincinnati, Ohio  AWARD

2009 Ohio State Fair Juried Fine Art Show   2 landscape oil paintings

“The Nude Show” Lexington Art league, Lexington Kentucky,  January 9-March 1, 2009


Woman's Art Club Annual Juried Show   AWARD

Atlanta Fine Arts league, PSA Portrait Drawing Competition “Portrait of Jimmie’  AWARD

2007 Spring Grove Heritage Foundation

1st BiAnnual Art Exhibit   May 1 through September 30, 2007    Cincinnati, Ohio


Pendleton Art Center, Studio 501 Cincinnati, Ohio

2006 Art Academy of Cincinnati: Community Education Faculty Exhibit June 2006

Ruthe G. Pearlman Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio

Woman's Art Club Juried Show   AWARD

California Watercolor Association: 38 th National Exhibition

October 2006

2005 “SPORTS IN ART” November 2005 Jasper Arts Center, Krempp Gallery Jasper, Indiana BEST OF SHOW AWARD “The Strategist”

“FORM & FIGURE” November 2005-January 2006 YWCA Women’s Art Gallery , Figurative Invitational Cincinnati Ohio

“INTERNATIONAL NUDE” Lexington Art League, January 2005 Lexington, Kentucky

112th Annual Women's Art Club Juried Exhibit  AWARD

Florence Drugan Award: "Black Rose" Watercolor

“SHADES OF PASTEL” April 2005 Maryland Pastel Society, National Juried Exhibition at BlackRock Center for the Arts.

2004 111th Annual Women's Art Club Exhibit April 25th - June 1st

AWARD: Georgiabelle & Larry Clark Gold Medal Award

2003 110th Annual Women's Art Club Exhibit April 6 - 13, 2003

AWARD: Jeanette Baldwin Memorial Award

"The Other Nude Show" Miller Fine Art Gallery, Lexington, KY

Feb. 19 - March 31, 2003

"Face to Face: A Look at Contemporary Portraits" Invitational curated by Steven Vincent Clark, Sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Gallery, 200 W. Fourth St. Cincinnati, OH July 17 - September 2003

2002 "HOUSES" Invitational KZF Gallery Baldwin Bldg., Cincinnati, OH November 2002 - March 2003

109th Annual Women's Art Club Exhibit April, 2002

AWARD: The Judson Wilson Award of Distinction $2,000

2000 "Drawn to Art" Fitton Center, Hamilton, Ohio, Invitational Group Drawing Show. Also featuring Alex McKibbin, Perin Mahler, Edie Harper, Gary Gaffney January 23 - February 20

"Drawing From Perception III" Wright State University Galleries. Curator: Rosemarie Beck, New York Studio School. January 4 - 30th

1999 UC DAAP Faculty Exhibit, Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery

Tangeman University, October 1999

"WOMEN IN MID-CAREER" University Club, Cincinnati, Ohio

April 23 - May 23. Curator Daniel Brown and Andrew Emery

Also included: Connie McClure, Kay Muir, Carin Hebenstreit

1998 One Woman Show, BASE ART, Cincinnati, Ohio May - June

featuring oil landscapes and figure drawings

Marlene Steele's work is collected in numerous corporate and private collections.