Marianne McGrath is an independent art curator. After successful years working within museums, curating exhibits and presenting art and education programs, Marianne founded MKM Art Consulting, which offers curatorial projects to art institutions, galleries and artists. Through her work, Marianne contributes to and advances the contemporary art world, utilizing her range of experience, education and knowledge of fine art. Marianne’s passion for art and art education motivates her work as a curator in introducing people to art and bringing art to the community.

Marianne is known and respected for collaborating professionally with artists, collectors, galleries and museums in the Bay Area art community and beyond. Her broad expertise includes leadership over a full range of curatorial duties including research, exhibition development and production, interpretation, documentation, art acquisition and collections. Marianne holds a BA degree in Art, an MA degree in Art History and her professional affiliations include ArtTable, College Art Association and the Women’s Caucus for Art.  

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Resume, complete exhibition history and references available upon request.


Women’s Caucus for Art, Art Insights (WCA national website), 2021 – 2023. Blog author and Co-Editor https://nationalwca.org/category/art_insights/

McGrath, Marianne K. “In Conversation with Marianne K. McGrath”. In Linda Christensen: Color + Figure, 2020, 43-45.

McGrath, Marianne. 31 Women. Exhibition Catalogue. Whitney Modern Gallery, 2020.

McGrath, Marianne K. Life is Pretty. Catalogue essay published in conjunction with the exhibition “Jennifer Pochinski: Life is Pretty” shown at b. sakata garo gallery, Sacramento, CA., 2017.

McGrath, Marianne. A Conversation with Kristin Lindseth. Catalogue essay/artist interview published in conjunction with the exhibition “Metaphorical/Metaphysical” shown at Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA., 2016.

McGrath, Marianne. “The History of Modern Flight Began with a Balloon…” In Giants in The Sky: The Rise and Fall of Airships. Exhibition catalogue. New Museum Los Gatos, 2015. 

McGrath, Marianne Kennedy, “San Jose State at Mid-Century 1946 – 1970”. In Creativity, Change, Commitment: A Celebration of 100 Years of the Department of Art. Exhibition Catalogue. Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, 2013, 65-167.

McGrath, Marianne Kennedy. Reconsidering the Virgin Reader. Master’s Thesis, San Jose State University, 2007.