- NAACP Award of Excellence for outstanding commitment in advancing the culture and causes for communities of color; May 2018
- Center for the Study of World Religions. Harvard University. Senior Fellow 1999-2000
- W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research. Harvard University. Resident Fellow.1999-2000
- New England Foundation for the Arts. Visual arts grant 1996
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 1995
- Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and Harvard University, Visual Arts Fellow. 1992-93
Marilène Phipps is an artist of extraordinary talent. Of all the painters I taught in my entire career, she is the best.