Marianne Schnell's childhood was spent in Paris and New York where at the age of eleven she began her study of art under the impressionist Schulein. She continued her education at Bennington College, Bennington, VT, with Paul Feeley, and at Columbia University, NY, with John Heliker and George Pickens, and studied graphics at the New School, NY. From 1965-1975 she lectured on art history at Brandeis College. She also taught painting and drawing for sixteen years. Her work is in collections throughout the United States and Europe including Fordham University; Norfolk Museum of Art; William and Mary College Museum; Georgia Museum of Art; The Savannah College of Art & Design; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom; Savitt, Tobias and Balke; Alfred A. Knopf; Warner Communications; and International Flavors and Fragrances. Schnell is a Trustee of Bennington College and served as president of the New York City Alumni Association and as vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region.