Marcus Glenn was born in 1968 in Detroit, Michigan. His introduction to art was at the age of 5 when his kindergarten teacher asked him to illustrate a board that was in the classroom. Finding his passion, he decided to go to art school, attending the Center for Creative Studies (now College for Creative Studies) in Detroit. Glenn credits his artistic skills as God-given ability and to studying artists like Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews and Ernie Barnes.
Marcus Glenn was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 29, 1968.
Introduction to Art
Glenn’s first introduction to art was at the age of 5 when his kindergarten teacher asked him to illustrate a board in the classroom.
First Public Exhibition
At the age of 20, Glenn participated in his first public art exhibition hosted by Gerald Marant Gallery and former Detroit Pistons player, John Salley.
Glenn is commissioned by Daimler-Chrysler to paint a mural. Later in the year, he is commissioned to paint a second mural for renowned restaurateur, Patrick Coleman.
Daimler-Chrysler Group Exhibition
Glenn is featured in a group exhibition hosted by Daimler-Chrysler.
First Museum Exhibition
Glenn’s work is featured in his first museum exhibition held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. The museum hosts one of his paintings in their permanent collection.
Super Bowl XL
Glenn, along with three other Park West artists, helped capture and preserve the spirit of Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan. Glenn created 10 unique pieces, including portraits of former Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr and Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy.
Official Art for the Grammy Awards
His artwork, “One Nite Outta This World,” is selected as the official art for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles.
State of Michigan Tribute
Senator Victor Gregory presents a tribute from the State of Michigan to Glenn.
Oakland County Contribution Award
Oakland County legislators recognize Glenn for his contribution to the culture and richness of the community.
Detroit Tigers First Pitch
Glenn throws the ceremonial first pitch for the Detroit Tiger’s game against the Colorado Rockies. To show his thanks, Glenn created a custom painted baseball glove and ball for the team.
Amelia Island Jazz Festival
Glenn is the official artist for the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. He created the festival’s poster and donated the original for auction.
“I try to leave a piece of myself in each composition or each canvas – my heart and soul.”