Born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Mariella Bisson earned a BFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1978. She has won many awards including three years of support from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (1990 and again in 2014/15) and a NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowship in Painting, Her work has been supported by a Vogelstein Foundation Fellowship, a Gottlieb Foundation Award and grants from the Artists’ Fellowship and Robert Rauschenberg’s CHANGE Foundation.
Her paintings deal with universal themes of form and time as symbolized by rock and water. She is represented nationally and has had solo shows in many venues including the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY and The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park in Manhattan; and most recently with Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC.
Her works are in the Zimmerli Museum in New Jersey and the Gelsenkirchen City Museum in Germany. Her artist books are in the book collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC, Franklin Furnace, and the Womens Studio Workshop National Archive of Women’s Books.
Her paintings are in the corporate collections of Pfizer, Philip Morris, Richemont, Talisman Energy, Ostra Investing, EKH&S Financial Services, Bessemer Trust, Albemarle Corporation, Wedge Capital Management, Perkins Cooie LLP and many others. She has made commissions for private clients and for hospitals including The Mayo Clinic and the North Georgia Health Service Hospital at Braselton GA. Hospitals have purchased paintings and they can be seen at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Monmouth, NJ, the Evelyn Lauder Breast Center in NYC, and Fletcher Allen Hospital in Vermont, and the Levine Cancer Center in Charlotte, NC.