Ann-Marie Manker was born in Long Beach, California and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA at The University of Southern California, Los Angeles and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University. She teaches full-time at SCAD Atlanta in the Foundation Studies and Illustration Department. Manker founded and directed ArtSpot gallery from 2001-2004. The gallery was awarded "Best Alternative Art Space 2003", in Atlanta by Creative Loafing Magazine. In 2005 she formed Golden Blizzard art collective with fellow artist Alex Kvares, exhibiting at Youngblood Gallery, Eyedrum, MOCA GA, Marcia Wood Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She was awarded the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award grant for 2006. She was also selected for Transatlantic 2006, Artists in Residence International, exhibiting in Berlin, Germany. Manker has exhibited widely throughout Atlanta and the Southeast, as well as in Los Angeles and Seattle at Roq la Rue Gallery. Manker was a Hambidge Fellow/Fulton county grant recipient in 2009. In 2010, she was selected for the 2010 Women to Watch Biennial Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington D.C. Currently she is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA and exhibited solo exhibitions in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015. Manker’s work is in the collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.