After receiving her BA from the University of New Hampshire and her MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa, Marty went on to become an active member of the Boston arts community for twenty one years, exhibiting her work in numerous galleries, creating environmental sculptures in state parks and other public spaces, founding member of the Boston Sculptors at Chapel Gallery, and creating the Reclamation Arts Group. She served on boards of cultural organizations including; The Boston Visual Artists Union, The Massachusetts Cultural Alliance, The Cambridge Arts Council, and One Percent Commission, The Institute of Contemporary Art and The New Art Center of Newton. She has taught in leading art institutions including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. As an art teacher, she shows students how to be in touch with that part of them selves which generates creative ideas.
As a child Marty learned dowsing from her Lithuanian grandfather, Frank Witkus. In 1986 she attended the American Society of Dowser’s school and convention in Danville, Vermont and added formalized dowsing training to her life.
She researches ancient sacred sites in Europe and America discovering what makes specific places sacred and recreates that experience for others today. Integrating art and geomancy, she amplifies the potential of site-specific art and invokes wide public participation in Earth healing attitudes.
Currently Marty Cain is a visual arts instructor in the MFA program of Vermont College, a division of Union Institute. She is a life member of the American Society of Dowsers, where she co-directed the Beginning Dowsing School for the past six years. Marty presents labyrinth and dowsing workshops, consults, writes, and collaborates with the earth energy and angelic realms to co-create contemporary sacred spaces for individuals and institutions. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Blanche E. Colman Foundation, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony and Boreal/Art/Nature of Quebec, Canada.
Her art works are celebrations of nature, taking the form of site-specific environmental sculptures, smaller indoor constructions using natural elements, and photo/drawing collages of her installations and ancient sacred sites. Her labyrinth designs are located across North America (from Maine to California and Canada to Hawaii), Brazil and South Africa. She is a founding member of the Labyrinth Society.