Madonna © 2010 Marjorie Mikasen

From Self Directions Solo Show 2010

Read the Lincoln Journal Star Review here


Foci Solo Show 2006
Modern Arts Midwest
Listen to a podcast interview from the exhibit here




News and Reviews




Swimming in Nebraska © Jon Jost
Image of Mikasen in her studio from the film




Ome © 2005 Marjorie Mikasen
Private Collection




Marjorie Mikasen, Artist


Marjorie Mikasen is an abstract, geometric, hard-edge acrylic painter working in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2007. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Nebraska and in over 100 group exhibitions in 21 states, Canada, the UK, and Hungary. Originally from Chicago, Mikasen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. degree in Studio Arts in 1981. She has worked as an artist in the Twin Cities and Denver before relocating to Lincoln in 1990.


Marjorie Mikasen is co-author of the nonfiction book ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies with Mark Griep published in July 2009 by Oxford University Press USA. It gives the perspectives of a scientist and artist on the dark and bright sides of chemistry found in 140 films. The authors were awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Officer Grant in the area of Public Understanding of Science to research and write the book.


Marjorie Mikasen and Mark Griep book signing
at the American Chemical Society Meeting
 Washington DC, August 2009


Fascinating and engrossing...The book leaves the reader with plenty of ideas for films to see and some excellent stories about chemists and chemistry. But more than that it presents a fascinating view of chemistry, the movies and chemistry in the movies, which gives the reader plenty of food for thought next time a bit of chemistry appears on the silver screen; and this is perhaps far more than one might expect from a book about chemistry in the movies.

Nature Chemistry


Press Coverage for
ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies
Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 2011 review

Chemical Heritage Magazine March 2010 review

Entrepreneur March 2010 review

Read the Education in Chemistry March 2010 review here

Read the Nature Chemistry February 2010 review here

Read the ScriptPhD January 2010 review and author interview here
Chemistry World December 2009 review

Read the October 2009 chemical review of The Informant on the OUP blog here
Watch the Voice of America August 2009 interview with Marjorie Mikasen (voiceover in Serbian) here
Read the VOA interview transcript in English here
Read the UNL Scarlet August 2009 article here
Read the Omaha World Herald July 2009 article here

Read the Lincoln Journal Star July 2009 article here
Listen to a NET Radio January 2008 interview about the project by producer Jerry Johnston here


Motive Force ©2007 Marjorie Mikasen
Private Collection


Mikasen has work in Private and Public Collections Including:


Sheldon Art Museum Permanent Collection, Lincoln, NE
Read the 2006 Sheldon lecture series comments by Norman Geske about the Mikasen acquisition Action Potential here


Mauer Center for Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Durham Research Center II
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Sorrell Center University of Nebraska Medical Center

Avery Hall University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mikasen has work featured on these


An online scholarly resource, international forum and curatorial project. Read the 2005 Mikasen Interview with editor Julie Karabenick here

Modern Arts Midtown
Represents established artists of the region who are exploring provocative subject matter in diverse mediums



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