Marsha Farley (1923-2006) was born is Carbondale, Illinois. After attending the Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago from 1945 to 1947, she continued her painting studies in Paris and Heidelberg, Germany, finally enrolling at The Chicago Art Institute from 1954 to 1957. Farley lived in Westbeth, the major artist’s community in Greenwich Village in New York City from 1965 until her death. For most of those years her studio was in the meatpacking district. Farley’s work employs strategies culled from the Duchamp’s legacy of the ready-made, Rauchenberg’s combines, and her own deep inquiry of transformation of everyday materials.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including The United States Embassy in Bolivia; The Westbeth Gallery in New York City; The Coyuga Museum in Auburn, NY; Paula Insel Gallery, NY; and The Chicago Art Institute Sales Gallery, Chicago. Her work is held in the following collections: The Science Museum of Long Island, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Smithsonian Institution, DC; Radcliff Archives, Boston, MA; John Russell Mitchell Museum, Carbondale, Il; and The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana.