Mary Mihelic received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Parsons the New School for Design in 2006. Since then, her artworks have been shown in New York City, Chicago, L.A., Key West, Vermont and D.C. Prior to getting her M.F.A., Mary studied art extensively at the Museum School in Boston and at the SMFA’s programs in Venice, Italy. Her studio is in Brooklyn.
An excerpt from her artist statement reads, “In a time when people are leaving churches in record numbers and the historic relationship between religion and the art world has washed away, I make art about those things that bring us to our knees and humble us in 2015: the power of the ocean, the meltdown of a nuclear power plant, the courage of 53 school girls running for their lives…. the moments that transcend religion.”
As an artist, she is fascinated by the way the imagination makes God a reality in the form of faith. Her Catholic education included being educated by the nuns at an all-girls high school. When her parents became involved with a group starting a new inter-faith organization called Common Ground, she and all five of her siblings spent their spare time studying world religions under Ron Miller and Jim Kenney at Common Ground. (The original founders now organize the World Parliament of Religions which brings together all the religious leaders in the world every four years). Today, she has one brother who is a Buddhist and another who worships the natural cycle of the moon and the stars. Religious freedom is something she has always taken for granted.
Her connection to Nigeria began when she was a young girl and her father befriended a Nigerian at church. The Nigerian was the eldest son of the Ibo Tribe, new to the Chicago area and studying at the local college. The Chief had many wives and many children, so it was the beginning of a friendship with the entire Tribe. In fact, during her childhood anyone visiting the US from the Ibo Nation stayed at her house.
Since she has started the Running Girls Series, she is surprised by the number of people who have asked her about her race in relation this art. Her reply is that her art doesn’t see race, it sees humanity.
March 8-11, 2015 CIES Conference : Imagining a Humanist Education Globally (The Comparative and International Education Society) Ten Running Girl Artworks on Exhibition Washington Hilton Washington D.C. Invited Guest Speaker, March 8th, as part of International Women’s Day
Conception Gallery Running Girl Artworks “Woman Up” March 27th thru April Long Island City New York, NY
Vermont Exhibition of Contemporary NYC Artists Mountain Road Resort, Stowe, Vermont November 2012 -present “It’s Getting Warmer” – Mixed Media on Paper
Artworks on Paper Brush, NYC – 9 East 19th Street New York, NY October 2012 -present “Oil Spill” and “Tsunami 1”
PAST ART EXHIBITIONS: Elements in Balance: earth, air, fire, water Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, in Association with the Smithsonian Institution Jurors: Rebecca Head Trautmann, Curatorial Researcher, Smithsonian and Andrew Baxter, President of Bronze et al, Richmond, VA. Dowell, MD, June, July and August 2013 “Hot as Hell”
Sacred Memories 2012, Honoring the Dead Across Cultures, curated by the City of Los Angeles Dia de Los Muertos Committee El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Los Angeles, CA, October and November 2012 “Tsunami” – Mixed Media on Paper
Journey of Faith, an exhibition curated by Shanley Hanlon Osilas Gallery, Bronxville, NY, September and October 2012 “Hot as Hell” – A site-specific installation “Hot as Hell”
“Levitation” – Artworks on Paper Flying Machines –curated by Staci Offutt and Natalie Conti Westmoreland County Museum of American Art Biennale The Headkeeper Gallery, Greensburg, PA, April and May 2012 “Levitation” – Artworks on Paper
A Change of Climate – a month-long exhibition sponsored by Blue Source 25 West 17th Street, New York, NY, May 2011 “Tsunami Series” – Artworks on Paper
Moi Meme Solo Exhibition “Our Majestic Meltdown” – curated by Zev Jonas Moi Meme Showroom 38th Street, New York, NY, April 2011 Artworks on canvas and paper.
ArtBridge – a juried NYC public art exhibition, panel included Guggenheim Curator David Van Der Leer. Chelsea Outdoor Billboard Space, New York, NY, 2010 and 2011 “Poseidon is Pissed Off”, a mixed media painting.
Art Loop Open – a juried Chicago public art exhibition. Block 37, Chicago, IL October/November 2010 “I would like my life back, says the planet”, a site-specific installation based on BP’s Tony Hayward’s statement.
Family Album –a juried exhibition curated by Maria Elena Busz WomanMade Gallery, Chicago, IL, November/December 2009 “The Mihelics”, a mixed-media sculpture.
spctclr vws – a month-long exhibition sponsored by Stribling One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY, May/June 2009 “Goodness Won” Kneelers –a site-specific installation.
Sculpture Key West –a juried exhibition curated by Shamim Momin, co-curator for the 2008 Whitney Biennale. Fort Zachary State Park, Key West, Florida, March/April 2009 “Forcing Goodness”, a mixed media sculpture.
Building Show – a juried exhibition Exit Art, New York, NY, February and March 2007 “Long-Winded”, an interactive installation.
Signatures of Age – a juried exhibition Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL, October 2006 “Emerging”, mixed media on canvas.
Amendicoms Project – a traveling Exhibition, NYC to Israel Makor Gallery, New York, NY, August/September 2006 “Winged Peace”, mixed media on paper.
Wish You Were Here – an invitation only exhibition
A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, July 2006 “Counting the days”, mixed media on canvas.
Uprising –Parsons the New School for Design MFA Thesis Show Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, April 2006 “I do”, a mixed media sculpture.
Small Axes –Parsons the New School for Design MFA Show Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, New York, February 2006 “Mop”, a mixed media sculpture.
EDUCATION: Parsons The New School For Design
Iowa Summer Writing Festival The University of Iowa Poetry intensive Summer, 2005
B.A. English Major
OTHER: Eve, a film curated and directed by Kevin Stocklin Casting Director and Wardrobe/Costume Designer New York, NY Spring/Summer 2011