In front of “Chapter 1: In the Cemetery.” Credit: Vin Ganapathy.

In front of “Chapter 1: In the Cemetery.” Credit: Vin Ganapathy.

Hyeseung Marriage-Song is an American contemporary representational painter best known for her large-scale figurative oil paintings and prints whose visual idioms toggle between resolution and fragmentation. Her last body of work, a contemporary response to the mythology of the golem, is an exploration of the themes of creativity, psychological incipience and the life of the artist. She is currently completing her first book, a philosophical memoir about creativity and family entitled “Head Study,” for which she is also creating artwork.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Marriage-Song grew up in Houston, Texas, and was educated at Princeton and Harvard Universities as well as the Water Street Atelier, now Grand Central Atelier, after which she was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant twice. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and was also named Baltimore Magazine’s “40 Under 40” for her work creating synergies between the science and art communities in that city. Marriage-Song is often invited to address high school and college audiences, and was a featured speaker at Princeton University at its TedX Conference. Her work is frequently exhibited and resides in private collections internationally. She serves as Treasurer of the board of the Artists Equity Association in New York City.


Water Street Atelier, New York

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey


Solo Shows

2019 “Modern Prometheus,” Equity Gallery, New York

2018 "The New Myth of the Golem," Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn

2018 "Frankenstein: Konfidential: Paintings," Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Select Group Shows

2019 “First Impressions,” Booth Gallery, New York

2018 “28th Miniature Show,” Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado

2017 "Blue: Selections from Vermont Studio Center," Vermont Studio Center Wolf Kahn Gallery, Johnson, Vermont

2014 "Pay It Forward," Principle Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina

2013 "Small Works," Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2013 "Lumière Fantastique: Brittany Shines in Baltimore," Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

2013 "Hudson Valley Art Association 81st Annual Exhibition," Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut

2012 "Art Maryland," Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, Maryland

2012 "The Figure in American Art 2012," Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York

2011 "Paintworks," Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, New York

2011 "Selected Works from the Klots Residency Program" Abbaye Saint-Magloire de Léhon Gallery, Léhon, France

2011 "School 33 Art Center Studio Artist Biennial,” School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland

2011"The Figure in American Art 2011," Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York

2010 "Hudson Valley Art Association 79th Annual Exhibition," National Arts Club, New York

2010 "Thirteenth Annual International Summer Salon," Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York

2010 "Princeton University Alumni and Student Show," Clark Muñoz Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey

2010 "The Figure in American Art 2010," Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York

2009 “The Bosque Art Classic,” Bosque Conservatory Art Council, Clifton, Texas

2009 “The Collection of Lisa Sawlit,” Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

2008 “Jacob Collins and the Water Street Atelier,” Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 “Jacob Collins and the Hudson River School for Landscape,” Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Hunter, New York

2008 “Works by Selected Artists of the Hudson River School for Landscape: Silent Auction to Benefit the Thomas Moran Trust," Hirschl & Adler, New York

2008 “Artists of the Water Street Atelier,” Bendann Gallery, Lutherville, Maryland

2008 “The Water Street Atelier, 2002-2007,” Meredith Long and Company, Houston, Texas


2018 “The Studio” Podcast with Danny Grant (click for link)

2015 TedX Princeton: “Why Art Should Engage the Inner Life” (click for link)


Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Falls Family Scholarship

Vermont Studio Center Residency and Scholarship

Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Civil Institute Fellowship and Stipend

Baltimore Magazine 2013 "40 Under 40"

Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists Residency

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundations Grant (two-time award winner)

School 33 Fellowship

Finalist, Art Renewal Center 2010 Salon

Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center 2009 Salon

Third Place, Art Renewal Center 2008 Student Scholarship Competition


2011 Associate Curator of “Paint Works,” The Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, New York


Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore, Maryland


Allison Malafronte. In the Studio: with Hyeseung Marriage-Song. Newington Cropsey Cultural Center, August 2019. 

Marriage-Song, Hyeseung. Sugar Land. Joyland Magazine, April 2019. 

Smith, Andy. Hyeseung Marriage-Song Honors Frankenstein, Golem Myth in Paintings. Hi-Fructose Magazine, March 22, 2019. 

Maidman, Daniel. Modern Prometheus: Interview with Hyeseung Marriage-Song. Hashtag Artmag, February 2019. 

Barbara Gallo Farrell. ‘Frankenstein: Konfidential’ reimagines classic work as online serial novel. Poughkeepsie Journal, October 3, 2018. 

Charlotte Kent. From Page to Canvas. Artists Magazine, January/February 2019.  

Michael Woodson. Three Meadows. Artists Magazine, January/February 2018.  

40 Under 40. Baltimore Magazine, October 31, 2013.

Gail Leggio. Traditionalism Comes of Age. American Arts Quarterly, Spring 2012, Volume 29 Number 2. 

B. Boyd. Reality Check: Baltimore Artist Hyeseung Marriage-Song Paints Portraits that Persuade. Baltimore Fishbowl, April 5, 2012. 

Los Angeles Review of Books, August 3, 2011.