Marjan Eggermont grew up in The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada in 1986. She has a B.A., a B.F.A. ,M.F.A. and PhD from the University of Calgary. Marjan is a Professor (Teaching) in The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, teaching in the areas of Bio-inspired Design and Sustainable Systems Engineering. Marjan’s innovative work has gained her recognition, including being named in 2003, one of the 20 most influential artists in Calgary by the Calgary Artwalk Society and as one of 45 international artists featured in “Printmaking at the Edge” by Richard Noyce (2006). In 2010 she completed a large installation piece for the new EEEL Building (Energy, Environmental, Experiential Learning Building) at the University of Calgary which is jointly financed by the U of C Alumni Association, The Students Union and the graduating class of 2010 as the first ever legacy gift to the campus.
Trained as a printmaker, Marjan is interested in materials and transformative processes. Early on she found that she was more interested in the metal plates from which her etching were made than the resulting prints. This has led her to investigate other materials including steel, copper, concrete, acrylic and ceramics. Through the course of her career, she has dealt with issues of identity. No longer feeling entirely Dutch nor Canadian, as artist in the engineering world and a scientific mind in the arts, she grapples with her sense of place and through her work, attempts to create a world onto herself.