“Marion Coleman, a public and community engagement artist, designs projects that explore community stories, African American history and culture, social justice, women and aging. She is self taught and draws on her experience as a social worker to enrich the work she creates about community, social justice, health/wellness and race.
Her public art projects can be found in several San Francisco Bay Area cities including Berkeley, San Leandro, San Pablo, Richmond, Castro Valley and San Francisco. These projects are created in various media including copper and stainless steel for North Berkeley Library, large industrial fiber for West Contra Costa County Health Center and porcelain enamel for Hunter’s Point Public Art Project in San Francisco. Coleman has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has had several solo exhibitions including Hayward CA Historical Society Museum, a CalHumanities project, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX, a Priddy Foundation project, University of California, Riverside Visitor & Alumni Center, Castro Valley Performing Arts Center, and Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA.
Internationally, her work has exhibited in South Africa, Europe, Japan, Costa Rica and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem. Grant awards include Creative Workfund (2009), Center for Cultural Innovation (2013) and Alliance for Traditional Arts (2008, 2013, 2015). She also received a 2009 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.
Coleman was born in Wichita Falls, TX and has lived and worked in Castro Valley since 1984. She has a M.S. in Counseling.”