Marian Drew lives in Brisbane, Australia and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and PhD candidate at the Canberra School of Art and Design, Australian National University. Her art work is held in collections that include the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, National Gallery of Australia, Fonds National D’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris, France, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, Monash Gallery of Art, Queensland University Art Museum, Murdoch University and Artbank.
She represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial 1993, Dubai Photo, 2016, Musée du Quai Branly, PhotoQuai, Paris 2011, and the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China 2010. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Art in 1984 at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, and was awarded a German Government Scholarship from the German government DAAD to study Experimental Photography, at Kassel University, Germany. The Dyason Bequest administered by the NSW Art Gallery assisted her studies in the major art collections of Europe.
She has received several commissions that include the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Brisbane Magistrates Court, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane River Festival, and Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Great Walks, and completed Australia Council international residencies in New York 1989, 2011 and Los Angeles, 1994.