Marie Olofsdotter

Marie Olofsdotter is a Swedish artist who lives in Minneapolis where she paints, writes, create picture books and mixed media artists' books. Her accolades include a Minnesota Book Award, a Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry along with grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. In 2013, she created the Official Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art.

Marie has inspired young and old alike to be creative for over 25 years. She credits her work as a teaching artist to her two years in clown school in Stockholm and California because it motivated her to bring her visual and literary arts to large audiences, and she swears by the Steve Linsner quote that says, “A clown is a poet who is also an orangutang.”