In the last 60 years, Marge Levy has held leadership roles at major schools, universities and museums while her work in clay bridged all of it.
She studied Art Education at Penn State (1961-1965) and Philadelphia College of Art ((1967-1969). Soon, she was Professor of Ceramics and Fine Arts at Purdue University (1969-1985) and the University of Michigan (1986-1991) where she was Dean of the School of Art and Design.
She is a fellow of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, President (1982-1984). As co-chair of the NCECA Seattle 2012 Annual Conference, she helped create a workshop and exhibition program at nearly 250 venues across the Pacific Northwest for a visiting international audience of 7000+.
Since her move to Seattle in 1991, Marge has held significant leadership roles in the arts including Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School; Independent Consultant for glass schools in Turkey and Italy, and with artists and organizations in Seattle. She is a docent at Seattle Art Museum (SAM), and further volunteers as Member of the Educational Advisory Council at Bellevue Arts Museum, Member of Off the Boards Advisory Council at On the Boards, President of the Seattle Art Museum Volunteers Association and ex-officio on the Board of Seattle Art Museum. Her most recent Board work includes Board of Directors at Artist Trust, where she is co-chair of the Artist Trust Auction in April 2022 and Vice President on the Board of SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists). Presently she is also deeply involved in Pottery Northwest’s relocation to Pioneer Square.
Marge creates original ceramic works at Pottery Northwest, where she is known by some as the Fairy Clay Mother. She has maintained an artistic practice in sculpture and pots since 2000, mostly terracotta. An adventurous traveler: underwater, on land, and in her mind, she periodically travels to the South Pacific to scuba dive, swim with whales, and make underwater videos. In her spare time, she makes elastic necklaces with letters on them, reflecting her lifelong interest in Scrabble, reading, and decoration.