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Marla Kleinman is a NYC art educator and artist whose chosen genre is sumi-e, Asian ink paintings.  She started her art studies at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL and earned her masters degree at St Johns University. She has studied with Koho, Mitsuko Bickham, Wang Dawen and Mr. Jin, Yung Liu, and shodo with Masako Inkyo at the Japan Society.

Marla is a founding member and officer of the New York Metro Sumi-e society, produced sumi-e and origami instructional videos aired on local TV stations, regular presenter of sumi-e workshops at the New York City Art Teachers Association conferences, served as board member of the Alliance of Queens Artists, and on the grant review board of Queens Council of the Arts. In 2012 she was selected to teach a Sumi-e workshop for the National Art Educators Association Convention In NYC.

Her paintings have been exhibited at gallery spaces throughout the New York area and at the National Sumi-e Society exhibit in Washington, D.C. She participated with the art program in the day treatment program and in the Living Museum program, at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.

As the current art director at the Child School Legacy High School for students with learning differences, Marla created a completely integrated art curriculum with the goal of establishing a community of artists and scholars. Additionally, she is also the art director for the drama department creating and designing and supervising the construction of sets and props.

She has also established a series of annual multicultural arts events on Roosevelt Island in conjunction with Roosevelt Island Visual Artists Association and Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.