The quality of an artwork stands on its own merits, and by that standard, the Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage public art installation called Parallel Park is elite. But the stature of a public art collection is inevitably influenced by the stature of the artists who created the artworks in that collection. By that measure, Fort Myers is gaining a national reputation with names like Jim Sanborn, Albert Paley, David Black and Marylyn Dintenfass.
Dintenfass is an internationally-recognized artist whose work is found in public and private collections in Italy, Denmark, Israel, Japan and the United States. More than 30 public collections hold her work including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Flint Institute of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
She has been featured in more than a dozen solo exhibitions across the Unites States, including the Queens Museum of Art, the Katonah Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art (an exhibition underwritten by the Andy Warhol Foundation) and the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the Lee campus of Edison State College in Fort Myers.
Modern Painters includes Dintenfass' 2012-2103 solo exhibition at New York's venerable Driscoll Babcock Gallery in their 2012 "100 Best Fall Shows Worldwide." Dr. John Driscoll asserts that the vibrant abstracts in Drop Dead Gorgeous "reaffirm her position as a significant figure in the rich tradition of Colorists who explore the potent and evocative union of representation and abstraction - figures like James Turrell, Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, Morris Louis, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin."
In addition to solo exhibitions, Dintenfass has participated in more than 60 international group exhibitions since the 1970s. Twice, Dintenfass has been a MacDowell Fellow and she has received both an individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two project grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
She was awarded the Silver Medal at the First International, Mino, Japan, and the Ravenna Prize at the 45th Faenza International in Italy. Marylyn Dintenfass has also been a visiting professor at academic institutions in Canada, Norway, Holland and Israel, and for 10 years was a member of the faculty at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. A monograph of her work, Marylyn Dintenfass Paintings, was recently published by Hudson Hills Press.
As a public artist, Dintenfass has completed 26 large-scale public art installations including the 42nd Street Bus Terminal at the New York Port Authority, the State of Connecticut Superior Courthouse, the Baltimore Federal Financial Building, IBM’s offices in Atlanta, Charlotte and San Jose, Ben Gurion University in Israel and Tagimi Middle School in Japan. Her 30,000-square-foot site specific Parallel Park installation on the Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage in Fort Myers, Florida is one of the largest and most noteworthy public art projects of the last ten years, and its making is memorialised by author Aliza Edelman in a 140-page monograph titled Marylyn Dintenfass Parallel Park.
An experiential artist, Dintenfass operates from the premise that art is interactive and its interpretation is therefore influenced by the viewer’s experiences, perspective and how they connect with the motif.
With reviews in ARTNews and NY Art magazines, Marylyn Dintenfass and Parallel Park have elevated Fort Myers into an arts and cultural destination in the minds of art lovers and collectors worldwide.
Parallel Park received the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network 2011 Year in Review Award. It was selected by curators Gail Goldman, Kendal Henry and Richard Turner out of 430 projects submitted by public art programs and artists nationwide.