After being born in Boulder, Colorado, Joe Biel would go on to receive his B.F.A. in Painting and Art History from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Two years later in 1990, he earned his M.F.A. in Painting at the University of Michigan.
Marilyn McMurry Annin was born in 1938, and has spent about equal thirds of her life in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. She painted for many years, but in the 1980s, switched to sculpture, mostly in the form of rigid garments.