Marilyn Holsing was born in Canton, Ohio. She earned a BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Graphics from Ohio State University and an MA in Drawing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Holsing’s work has been exhibited in institutions including The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Delaware; Towson University in Towson, Maryland; CR Ettinger Studio, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Melanee Cooper Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Rosemont College in Pennsylvania; Philadelphia Art Alliance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York; Robert Brown Gallery in Washington, DC; Chris Neptune Gallery in Washington, DC; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania; Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina; Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Her work is in the collections of institutions including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, State University College at Potsdam in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Fidelity Investments, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brandywine Workshop and Archives, University of New Mexico, Arcadia University, Appalachian State University; Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll; Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey; and Woodmere Art Museum. Holsing received fellowships from Independence Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in Painting, and from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Painting. She is Professor Emeritus in Painting at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.