Marisa Erven is an Art Director leading and mentoring teams of artists, designers, and developers to create story driven content and deliver creative products which elevate customer experiences in multi-sensory environments and new technologies. Provides synergistic creative direction at the forefront of innovation in the immersive interactive space. Consistently recognized by partners as being a story-builder.


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Core Skills:

  • Art Direction

  • Experience Lead, Immersive Entertainment

  • Concept Art and Illustration



  • Drawing and Digital Painting

  • Team-Based Workflow

  • 3D Knowledge


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Select Events & Exhibitions

Convention - Emerald City Comic Con - Artist Alley - Seattle, WA, USA - March 2019
Group Exhibition - yəhaw̓ - King Street Station - Seattle, WA, USA - March 2019
Group Exhibition - Amazing Adventures of Jules Verne - Little Chimp Society/hai - The Framers Gallery - London, England, UK - April 2019

Live Painting - Seven Lions Chronicles - WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA, USA
Group Exhibition - The Ultimate Fantasy - Light Grey Art Lab - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Mentorship - yəhaw̓ with Artist Trust - Professional Artist Development - Seattle, WA, USA
Residency - yəhaw̓ with Centrum Artist Residency - Port Townsend, WA, USA

Convention - GeekGirlCon - Artist Alley - Seattle, WA, USA

Group Exhibition - Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award in Shanghai, ChinaContributing artist for the Original Illustration Exhibition.
Group Exhibition - Gift Store Display - Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) - La Conner, WA, USA                    

Group Exhibition - White Wolf, Spirit of the Forest, Ikiya - Treviso, Italy 

Group Exhibition - The Corridors, Vision 5 Gallery - Redmond, WA

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Centrum Artist in Residence November 2018
Participating in challenges in 360 VR Storytelling, Dextra Global VR Summit
October 2018
Art, Artists, and the intersection of Emerging Tech, Seattle Startup Week October 2018
XR Design Salon, UX Design Panel October 2018
Curiosity Days: Games, Guest Speaker, Pacific Science Center July 2018
Guide du Rôliste Galactique, Biography 2017
Katelyn Del Buco, "Where Art Meets Technology: An interview with XR Art Director Marisa Erven," Pacific Science Center, October 4, 2017
Women who Draw Featured 2018
Women in Fantastical Art Featured March 22, 2015
Arts Illustrated, Interview March 14, 2015
Lauren Panepinto, “What Women Want…in Women Characters,” debut on Muddy Colors Blog March 05, 2015
Additionally found on i09, Cosmopolitan (UK), moviepilot, tor, zimbio
Moby Games, Developer ID: 687090

Advisory & Board Roles

National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education Project
Applied Technologies Division, External Advisory Board
Coastal Alabama Community College

TYM Studio 
VR / AR / MR Pipeline Advisor

Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists

Digital Communications and Marketing Specialist, Board Member
2015 - 2017