Denise Marika was a well-known professor committed to the development and promotion of young artists through her teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Marika came to the Gardner in late summer and fall of 1993 to create a multimedia exhibition titled New Works. This groundbreaking show included video projections on sculptures and beneath benches in the Courtyard, creating ephemeral and startling illusions. It was her first one-woman show, and she was the first artist to actually install work in the Museum's Courtyard. Additionally, she gave an Eye of the Beholder lecture, worked with students from Roxbury Community College and the Tobin after school program, and gave public gallery talks about her work.
Denise Marika received an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and is represented by the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston, MA. She exhibited across the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Mass MoCA, the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media (Boston), and the Worcester Art Museum; a retrospective of her work was mounted at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Her works are in the permanent collections of institutions including the Rose Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. She received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the LEF Foundation.