Marna Brauner is Professor Emerita of Art and Design (1989-2014) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, specializing in fibers-surface design. Prior teaching included the University of Kansas (1977-1985) and a visiting appointment at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her MFA in textiles, with distinction, from California College of Arts and Crafts, 1977 and her BFA in Visual Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1974. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally in both solo and group shows, most recently at the Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CaSa), San Agustín Etla (Oaxaca), Mexico; Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad, India; Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China; Gyodong Art Centre, Jeonju, South Korea; Hong Kong Design Institute and the Kaohsiung (Taiwan) Museum of Fine Arts. Brauner has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Milwaukee Artists Foundation. Her work was featured in the books, The Surface Designer's Art and Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America, as well as Fiberarts Magazine, and The Surface Design Journal.

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