Mara Lonner received her BFA and MFA from The California Institute for the Arts. She works with a variety of mediums and genres to blur the conventional distinction between organic and geometric worlds. Recent work interweaves ruins, architectural ornaments and botanical forms, focusing the subjects on loss, extinction and the beautiful tenacity of nature.
She taught at the University of California, Irvine for 21 years and also taught at CalArts and Long Beach City Colleges. She was twice awarded the Durfee Foundation ARC grant and received a California Arts Council grant. She was awarded a residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation for the fall of 2014 and is the 2014 Resident Artist at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, California.