Marcia Culp

Marcia Culp

Visual Artist, Graphic Designer, Interior Decorator, Photographer

August 25, 2016



Tell us more about some of your past projects?

NASA “We The Explorers” Digital Art Gallery Artist: I submitted two pieces of artwork to NASA to be placed on a micro-chip aboard the spacecraft OSIRIS-Rex on the first U.S. mission to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth for a research study. They were both accepted. My daughter, Mercé also submitted one piece of art to be included in the gallery. I will be travelling to Florida in September to watch the launch and also to celebrate Kennedy Space Center’s 50th Anniversary.

Other past art projects include a Makers Mart collaboration with Mfinity Fashion and UrbanDigitz, The Mix “Curve Ball” Silent Auction, Sur St. Clair Gallery, 3rd Thursday Loops, Artomatic 419! 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009. ‘Tis The Secor at Secor Gallery 2011, 2010, 2009; Art For Food Silent Auction at Secor Gallery; Sam B’s Restaurant Gallery Curated by PRIZM; Perrysburg High School Exhibit/Speaker sponsored by PRIZM; A Public Cadillac-Tagging event at Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX; “Emissary,” USDAC, United States Department of Arts and Culture.

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture** is a national action network mobilizing creativity for social justice, an act of collective imagination fueled by all who believe that art and culture are among our most powerful and under-tapped resources for creating a more just, equitable, and vibrant world. My role is to spark local imagination in this national cultural movement by connecting with other emissaries and creatives across the country and document the visions that emerge out of volunteer engagements.

What current projects are you working on?

The launch of my lifestyle blog,; An Interior Design staging project; Artomatic 419! 2017

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

The great investment in local arts and culture is very evident. It would be impossible to participate in all that goes on in the city of Toledo, not to mention Northwest Ohio, on any given week. Toledo offers, a diversity of cultural experiences, great facilities, unique art opportunities and has a regional draw.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

Marrying my husband of 35 years, Lance (a trumpeter) and raising our 4 children together, three daughters and a son. Three of our children are very active in the arts community, Mercé, a digital artist and art instructor, Monika, a photographer and Marisa, a chef.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

My family, my faith, other creative and beautiful scenery.

Tell us about your background.

A native Toledoan, my exposure to the arts community began over 50 years ago, when I was recognized by my teachers as an emerging artist at the age of 7. I was awarded scholarships for two-consecutive years to attend the Toledo Museum of Art Saturday Morning Enrichment classes in art and music. Our family moved to Indiana when I was 10 and I continued to be involved in the arts. I played keyboard for a youth choir. I was so inspired by my experience at the museum that when I became an adult, I taught children’s art enrichment classes and camps for over 15 years.

My early years were frequently spent in creative atmospheres. My parents were married for 51 years when my Dad passed away. My Dad was a full-time pastor and also earned his doctorate degree in theology, while we were growing up. He was also a draftsman, owned a construction business and taught concrete technology for a government program. My mother had a degree in home economics and taught elementary through high school grades for decades. She was at home by the time my brother, two sisters and I were out of school, though.

Our family travelled a lot and we interacted with people from so many different backgrounds. We were taught to respect everyone. Children are such natural treasures. Full of wonder and potential. As adults, encouraging and empowering the next generation of creatives should be our lifestyle. Because words, impressions, attitudes and perceptions travel through generations, we need to encourage the free-flowing creative spirit for future generations.

Someone invested time, resources and energy into my life and I have purposed to inspire my own children and countless others I come in contact with to Dream Big. and Create. Bigger!

Throughout Jr. and High School, I was involved in several sports: track, gymnastics, tennis and softball. I continued my passion for art and soon advanced into studio art, painting murals in my high school even starting my own ceramics business. In my sophomore year, my art instructor asked me to apply for a job at a local newspaper as a layout artist. He said I was well suited for that. I was hired and soon became a typographer and graphic artist.

After graduating from high school, I attended Anderson University (Anderson, IN) majoring in Business Administration & Marketing. I loved martial arts also, so during my junior year, I took Judo courses in college and eventually earned a black belt. Since college, I have been involved in studio art, taking classes, teaching calligraphy classes, community art projects and have collaborated on several art commissions.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

A scripture in The Message Bible: “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.” (Matthew 5:14)

Favorite place for local culture?

Toledo Museum of Art

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

Imagination Station

My favorite place to chill locally is . . .


My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

Wildwood Metropark.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .

A fun-filled venue with family and friends on a lake, at an art exhibit or festival

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

More makers labs, think tanks, improv clubs, creative zone days for multi-generational creative exploration.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

NASA’s “We The Explorers” Program. One Saturday morning in March I woke up and began to search the Arts Commission website, and saw a call for artists from NASA for their OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Bennu Sample Return Mission asking for artwork to be submitted to commemorate the creativity that is harnessed and then unleashed to produce a spacecraft to carry out the mission.

I told my daughter, Mercé, about it, and she also submitted one piece to be included. On a side note, I have been interested in space exploration since a child. Some of my favorite childhood movies/shows had to do with space exploration:  “Lost In Space,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Star Trek,” “2001: A Space Odyssey," “BattleStar Galactica” and “Star Wars.”

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Pablo Picasso (We share the same birthday)

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

The Bible

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Eclectic. Colorful. Excellent.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

“Musiquarium” by Stevie Wonder

“The Ring” by Keiko Matsui

“Dangerous” by Michael Jackson

“The Bible Experience”

“Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

My biggest vice is . . .

Extra-thick chocolate malts.

I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.

More arts venues and programs that are open late on the weekends and major holidays after midnight.

What’s the last dream you recall having?

I was on a beach in Bora, Bora relaxing

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“He said I was to die for, He sacrificed his life and now I am free!” – Gospel Artist, Anthony Brown

One movie character I identify with is . . .

“Matilda” who was very bright, loved to read books and had a vivid imagination at an early age (not the telekinetic aspect of her personality, though)

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

Of course, my family! It is hard to choose just one; but I will choose one that impacted me in a very personal way. I received a unique graduation gift, a Southpaw (left-handers) gift-pack including a non-smudge pen, southpaw right-side spiral notebook, southpaw scissors and a southpaw calligraphy set. During grade school, I was forced to write with my right hand or at least straighten my left hand as I wrote, since we were graded on the technique of penmanship. One day a new teacher saw the way I wrote my name and said it was great and that there was nothing else for me to perfect in my penmanship.

I have studied the etymology of southpaws, and have discovered that many left-handers have had to conform to a society that caters to right-handers. In some countries left-handers are frowned upon for using their God-given gift. Having lived in a world dominated by the right-handed majority and being challenged to conform, I now attribute my unique ambidextrous ability to this minor social adjustment. Left-handers contribute largely to music, art, creativity, perceptivity, emotions, thinking and genius. I celebrate my left-handed life, especially on “International Left-handers Day” (August 13) and the gift of my creative right-brain. I am now a member of the international “Left-handers Club” based in the UK and am PROUD TO BE A LEFTY!

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

Going to Reykjavik, Iceland on a mission trip to encourage and participate in teen suicide prevention efforts.

I want my last meal to be _______________.

Artfully prepared, beautifully colorful, fabulously delicious and mouth-wateringly decadent, in a gorgeous atmosphere with family and friends - a meal fit for a queen!


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