Artist Marie Atkinson Hull was born in Summit, Mississippi, in 1890. Hull attended Belhaven College, obtaining a degree in music in 1909.
In 1910, she took art lessons from Aileen Phillips. She then enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1912. After completing her first year at the Academy, she returned to Jackson to teach art at Hillman College from 1913 to 1914. She then went to New York to study in the Art Student’s League. When she returned to Jackson from New York, she worked as an illustrator while giving art lessons in her home.
Hull married Emmet Johnston Hull in 1917. They lived in Jackson, Mississippi.
Hull won many awards in her career. She was the recipient of a gold medal at the Mississippi Art Association (1920); first prize at the Southern States Art League (1926); second prize at the Davis Wildflower Competition, San Antonio, Texas (1929); watercolor prizes, Southern States Art League (1931); and the New Orleans Art Association and the Benjamin prize at the New Orleans Arts and Crafts Club (1932). In 1965, she was awarded the Katherine Bellaman Prize.
October 22, 1975 was designated “Marie Hull Day” in Mississippi by Governor William Waller. Her work is in the permanent collections at the Mississippi Museum of Art, The Johnson Collection, Witte Memorial Museum, and Delta State University. A book featuring Marie Hull’s work was published in 1975 by the University Press of Mississippi.
Hull died in 1980.