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Marjorie Kouns Collection

Identifier: 13 1

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Kouns time as a student at IWU including materials pertaining to her student art projects, her life as a student, and her post-IWU career. Material types include design notes, class papers, correspondence, photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, exhibit and theater programs, scrapbooks, resumes, publicity, marketing materials, and ephemera. The bulk of the materials are stored in a legal-sized document box given to Kouns from the New York Public library's Wallach Division. Kouns has donated a collection pertaining to her New York public artworks to the library. In return, she was given her choice of used document boxes which the library no longer needed. Kouns choose Isamu Noguchi's box (as well as others) as his art inspires her work.

This collection is arranged into four series:

  1. Student Art Projects/Classes
  2. Student Life
  3. Post-IWU Career
  4. Oversized


  • 1975 - 2018

Conditions Governing Use

There are no limitations on access to this collection. Permission to publish from unpublished material or published works under copyright must first be obtained from the holder of the copyright. it is the researcher's responsibility to secure that written permission from the copyright holder and provide proof of that written permission to IWU. Permission to reporduce (photocopy) by IWU does not constitute or imply permission to publish. See also

Biographical / Historical

Marjorie K. Kouns was born in 1957. She is the daughter of William c. and Joanna (Pappandreou) Kouns. Prior to attending Illinois Wesleyan University [IWU], she lived in Melrose Park, Illinois. She enrolled at IWU in 1975 and graduated in May of 1979 with a BFA with exhibition honors in sculpture and a minor in Spanish. She apprenticed with Maryrose Carroll in 1978 (sculptor, Chicago, Illinois), Robert W. Irwin in 1977 (installation art, California), and studied with IWU sculptor and Professor Ed McCullough. As a student, she created two "Show of Lights" public participatory productions as well as exhibiting her work in annual art shows. During January of 1979 she completed an independent study project in New York City, and her sculpture, Alia III, was awarded Meritorious Award in Sculture in the Womanart Gallery exhibition at Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York City, in April 1979. The Alia III sculpture was commissioned by Mr. Burke B. Roche of Binks Manufacturing Company, Franklin Park, Illinois. She also exhibited her work at Ball State University and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point during her senior year. While a student, she was active in art, theater, marching band (flute), Kappa Delta sorority, Blackstock Press, and competitive and performance figure skating.

Following graduation, she continued her artistic career with public art, fine art, voice overs, acting, and body painting endeavors. Her public art included the Timelines series (1982-1988) and Washington Square's "Well-Lit Chess Pieces" (2003-2005) in New York, and the "Shades of Shreveport" displayed in Shreveport, Louisiana (2010-2011) and Illinos Wesleyan University for homecoming weekend (2011). Her fine art exhibits included two post-graduate showings in Bloomington, Illinois: Class of '79 Alumni Exhibit (1984) and Out of Time: Sculptors in Bloomington-Normal (1991). Additional details of her career can be located at and


3 Linear Feet : 1 document box and 2 oversized boxes

Language of Materials



Items were reviewed and then arranged in chronological and topical order. Original groupings of clearly related materials were maintained.

Custodial History

Donated to Tate Archives and Special Collections by Marjorie K. Kouns on 26 November 2018.

Related Materials

Kouns has additional collections of her work on deposit with West Leyden High School, Northlake, Illinois (1975-1979 materials) and Wallach Division, New York Public Library (New York public art projects).

Arranged and described by Cynthia O'Neill, June 2019.
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Repository Details

Part of the Illinois Wesleyan University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 2899
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington IL 61701 US