During her BOLT Residency Marty Burns was a teaching artist at the Smart Museum of Art and the University of Chicago. Currently she is the founder of the charitable organization 8⊙8 and is a teaching artist at the non-profit GallupArts, both in Gallup, New Mexico, near where she grew up.
Burns has exhibited her work Debtfair at The Whitney Museum of American Art and Fast Forward:: Rewind::Play at the Hyde Park Art Center, among others.
In 2009, she received the Artists Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council. She has participated in multiple featured projects during Chicago Artists Month, and the Chicago Artists' Coalition's BOLT Residency. Burns holds a BFA with an emphasis in art history, theory and criticism and an MFA in fiber and material studies, both from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
(Updated in 2022)