birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Education: Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Painting, Michigan State University
Mary C. Nasser earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Painting from Michigan State University. During her graduate studies, Mary also studied Medieval Art History abroad in London, England, and attended a monotype workshop in Mexico City. In 1996 she was a visiting artist and guest lecturer in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she lectured at Academia de Arte Vizuale “IOAN ANDREESCU” (Academy of Visual Arts) and exhibited her work in “Deschideti U.S.A.” (Open the Door) at the Casa Matei.
Mary has had more than 20 solo shows in the past 10 years and has been awarded numerous residency opportunities. She was Artist-in-Residence in 2007 at Prairie Center of the Arts in Illinois, Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, and Rockmirth in New Mexico.Her latest residency was at Red Cinder Creativity Center in Hawaii, where Mary lived near active volcanoes that continually recreate the landscape.
In 2010, a jury selected Mary’s sculpture proposal for Wings in the City – a project to raise funds for the Jennifer and Jim Koman Expressive Therapy Program at Wings, a BJC pediatric hospice and palliative care program. Mary’s 5-foot by 4-foot fiberglass butterfly sculpture is entitled Journey and is sponsored by Plaza Mercedes Benz.It is embellished with metallic acrylics and maps, much like her recent paintings. The butterflies were auctioned off May 21, 2011, at Wings in the City’s Art Takes Flight auction. The public art project raised $1.3 million dollars for BJC’s pediatric hospice program Wings.
Throughout the year, Mary leads Garden Art (Art Therapy) activities at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Healing Through the Arts art therapy workshops for both children and adults at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.
Mary is represented locally by Wood Icing Studio/Gallery.
Mary C. Nasser
Program Chairperson, Women’s Caucus for Art – St. Louis
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. ~Khalil Gibran