There is currently a silent auction of Marcia Wood’s paintings happening at People’s Church, with proceeds going to benefit the Marcia J. Wood Scholarship Fund at Kalamazoo College. Place your bids on the bid sheets at church or contact Dave Curl at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
As a prolific artist, teacher, and mentor, Marcia Wood and her work have had a major impact on Kalamazoo and beyond. Wood began creating art at a young age learning watercolor from her grandmother and taking classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (then the Kalamazoo Art Center) in junior high. She went to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College in 1955 and her Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1957. She pursued further study both at Harvard and at the Courtauld Institute in London, and taught at Kalamazoo College from 1965-1997. Wood had a successful painting career for more than a decade, exhibiting in many group and solo exhibitions in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. However, in the early 1970s her artistic work made a dramatic shift to sculpture. Marcia Wood created sixteen large-scale commissions that can be seen throughout the Midwest and many more maquettes and small sculptures that are housed in private and institutional collections.