I appreciate the opportunity to be an entrant in this year's ArtPrize competition. I am a UW Milwaukee graduate with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. I earned a K-12 art ed teaching certificate from UW-Green Bay and received a Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University. Some of my early influences as an artist included instruction and vision from Leslie Vansen, Adolph Rosenblatt, Tom Uttecht, Bill Williams and Laurence Rathsack. My current studio is in my home with a view of lake Michigan, my muse. Two years ago I retired from a 24 year career teaching art at Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay WI. I have a long history as a painter with early memories that include figurative painting in 7th grade. As an undergrad in Milwaukee, my friends and I ran a pop up gallery space called Verge. We caught the attention of local media and were covered in the press on several occasions. Exhibits at Verge were exciting happenings and included input from local artists of all kinds. After leaving Milwaukee I spent some time in Brooklyn NY in an up and coming neighborhood called Dumbo. Here, with some of the artist’s from Verge and the addition of new friends I continued painting and participating in the alternative arts scene during the late 1980’s. Following the birth of twin sons my young family and I moved back to Wisconsin settling in Green Bay so we could raise our boys and pursue careers in education. During this time I continued to paint and make connections in the art community until retirement. I am now pursuing painting at a professional level. I am currently represented by Cappaert Contemporary in Egg Harbor, WI., ECLECTIC Gallery, Crested Butte CO, and The District Gallery in Knoxville, TN. I am actively seeking to grow my audience online and in galleries. My exhibition resume includes purchase prize awards, donor award, featured artist award and a 2nd place overall in the Northern Exposure exhibit at the Bonifas Art Center. I have had solo shows at Telluride Arts District HQ Gallery in Telluride CO, the Hartwig Gallery at Bay College in Escanaba and at Mr Helsinki in Fish Creek. Her painting has been included in several Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors juried exhibitions as well as the Miller Art Center in Sturgeon Bay and the Hardy Gallery. In 2016 my painting, Barn Red was selected for Artprize as a part of the UP Pavilion in the DeVos Center. My work has been purchased and collected by Bay College and buyers from Escanaba, Manitowoc, Door County, Beloit WI, Houston TX, Telluride CO, New York state, NYC, and San Diego CA. and more.
Mara's ArtPrize Entries
These are Mara's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Mara's Past Work
These are images of past work that Mara has done.