Marsha S. Pels

Since the early 1980s, Marsha Pels’ labor-intensive sculptures and installations have explored female sexuality, war, and politics. Although Pels' autobiography often serves as the catalyst for creation; her mysterious and sometimes threatening evocations of the figure and its’ necessities/functions manage to be open-ended metaphors with a strong material presence.

Ms. Pels most recent show was Solace at Lubov in New York City, though she has been showing internationally since the early 1980s. She has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Art News, The New Yorker and The Brooklyn Rail among others.

New York Times, January 27th, 2021-- Art In Review by Jillian Steinhauer

Hyperallergic, January 25th, 2021-- Art Reviews by Cassie Packard

Ms. Pels has won numerous grants and awards including a Prix de Rome in Sculpture, Fulbright Senior Scholarship to Germany, Pollock-Krasner and a Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant.

Pels has taught internationally at many Universities and Art Schools including The Pratt Institute of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College among others. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at CUNY Staten Island where she has been teaching for the past 11 years.


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HB 6081


Studio Art


  • BFA - Rhode Island School of Design
  • MFA - Syracuse University