Marianne Vinich is an artist and an educator of incredible versatility who creates works in glass, ceramics, paint, and jewelry. Vinich is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence. She is also the recipient of the Wyoming Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award in 2014. Marianne has taught visual arts at Riverton High School in Wyoming since 1981, as well as K-12 art for Fremont County School District #25 since 1983. She has taken professional mosaic classes from master mosaicists in Ravenna, Italy and has taken professional glass classes at the Pilchuck Glass School, founded by acclaimed glass artist Dale Chilhuly, at Stanwood, Washington. In 1985, for the International Year of World Peace, she initiated and developed an international art exchange program with the country of Poland. The exchange lasted for twenty years with the International Children and Youth Museum at Torun, Poland. She has designed jewelry for Zarah, an international jewelry company. From 1999 – 2010, she designed dinnerware/china for the Herman Dodge and Son international china dinnerware company. Her designs for this company are still sold all over the world. The registered copyright of her designs is Yellowbird, the trademark of her art company.