Letting Go Of and ¡Yo Bear! by Marion Stiebel Siciliano

Letting Go Of... by Marion SicilianoAbout Marion Stiebel Siciliano

Marion Stiebel Siciliano (1924-2011) was a philanthropist and self-taught painter. She was born in Germany, where she lived until her family fled to the United States in 1938.

After earning an undergraduate degree from Simmons College, Stiebel took a job with the State Department in Washington, DC. While living and working in the capitol region, she met Rocco Siciliano and they married in 1947. The couple later moved to California, where Marion began painting and took on numerous philanthropic roles. This service included time as a board member for the Center for Law in the Public Interest, and chair of TreePeople, a Los Angeles-based environmental group.

Marion Stiebel Siciliano and Gettysburg College

Rocco Siciliano, who held positions in the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations, was Chairman of the Eisenhower Institute in the 1990s. Gettysburg College and the Institute collaborated to promote undergraduate activities in public affairs at that time, but the Institute was housed primarily out of a Washington, DC office until 2006.

Marion and Rocco both received honorary degrees from the college in 2000.

About Letting Go Of...

Letting Go Of... by Marion Stiebel Siciliano is acrylic on canvas. Siciliano's inspiration for this piece came from a thought in A Course in Miracles related to "removing the blocks to the awareness of Love's presence." It was completed in 1997.

¡Yo Bear! by Marion SicilianoAbout ¡Yo Bear!

¡Yo Bear! was completed by Marion Siciliano in 1998. She got the inspiration for this painting from the Alaskan flag after a trip with her family in Southeast Alaska.

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Marion Stiebel Siciliano's Obituary, Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2011

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