Mary Josephson

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Artist Statement

Painting was my first Love. Over the course of my career my techniques and materials have evolved, but I remain in love with the act of telling stories and celebrating human experience though my artwork.

From the beginning, painting people meant more than achieving a physical likeness. I wanted the work to tell a story about the person depicted, what was going on below the surface-maybe a specific story or just the suggestion of a rich inner life - getting to the heart of the matter.

When stitching embroidery I feel a conduit and continuation of the narrative quality, the need for storytelling, which occurs throughout history. The real and mythological blend that makes up life both past and into the present, intersect. Additionally the playful shift of perspective allows for another dimension or layer to the tale. There is a physical, tangible connection with all the people who have worked with needle and thread throughout history; the metaphors of thread as a connection- a way of tracing one’s past and connecting to the future. Also the laborious yet constant nature of the process, building works stitch by stitch.

The same sort of marriage of ideas and historical narrative happens when working with the mosaic tile. I feel connected to a way of communicating ideas, which is centuries old. The themes common to my work-the cyclical nature of life expressed through the four seasons, the planting and harvesting of food and stewardship of the earth are common subjects in glass, as are relating the common needs and desires of humankind regardless of where or when we live and the resiliently of the human heart mind and spirit.

Through my years of working, the underlying themes of a life’s work resonate deeply and are linked together by these different manners of art making. Each medium allows a new freedom of expression and the images and narrative have a different slant; a new way of more complexly expressing emotion and looking at important ideas. Whether reading, sewing or harvesting fruit, the figures within the paintings are immersed in their task with a singular devotion. Their intense focus reflects the way we create our own world enabling us to survive within the larger world. I have tried to create a sense of permanence, stability and structure within the body of my work that the viewer might rely upon in the midst of constant change, to draw strength and hope and comfort.

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Biography

MARY JOSEPHSON

Awards

1994     Individual Artist's Fellowship In Visual Arts, Painting, Oregon Arts Commission

             Monomania Printmaking Fellowship, Pacific N.W. College of Art, Portland, OR

1996     Capital Press Award, Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University

1999     Artist in Residence, Roswell Museum of Art, Roswell, NM

2000     Air Touch Cellular Commission Print, “Faces” Exhibition, Seattle, WA

2002     Juror’s Award, “Art About Agriculture”, Oregon State University, Corvallis

2003     The Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship for Mural Painting, National Academy of Design NYC

2010     Honorarium, City of Salem, Art in Public Places, Salem, OR

2012     Juror Collection Purchase Award, “Art About Agriculture”, OSU, Corvallis, OR

 

Solo Exhibitions

2012     “Once Upon A Time”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2011     “Look Into My Eyes”, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

            “Work+=Play (Rites and Rituals)”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2010     “Blue Moon”, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

            Art in the Governor’s Office Exhibition Program, Oregon State Capital, Salem, OR

2009     “Beneath the Surface”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2008     “Full Length Feature”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2007     “Paradise Grows”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

            “Connecting”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2006     “Transplanted”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2005     “Nightingales and Mockingbirds”,William Traver Gallery,Tacoma,WA

            “Getting There”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2004     “Talking Pictures”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2003     “A Common Sense”, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, OR

2002     “Looking Homeward (With Eyes Toward the World)”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2001     “What Remains the Same”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR          

“Flora”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2000   “Invisible Women: Age of Beauty”, Grover Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Under Fair Skies”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

1999   "Invisible Women: Age of Beauty", Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell,NM

1998     "Translations of Light", Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

"Tall Tree (Many Branches) Deep Roots", Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

            New Paintings, Galeria Dos Damas Dos, Palm Springs, CA

1997     An Introduction, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

            Retrospective, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

            "Counterparts", Galeria Dos Damas, San Diego, CA

            "Without Compunction", Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

            Recent Work, Galeria Dos Damas Dos, Palm Springs, CA

            "The Circle Unbroken", Catlin Gable School, Portland, OR

1996  "Sanctuary",Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

            New Paintings, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

            "The Harvest", Dos Damas Gallery, San Diego, CA

1995     "Avenues of the Heart", Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

1994     "gardening", Grover Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

  "MonoMania", Wentz Gallery, Portland Art Museum

            "Headdress", Grover Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

              "Human Stories", QuarterSaw Gallery, Portland, OR

1993     "Playing for Keeps", Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

1992     "Within Reach", Quartersaw Gallery, Portland,OR

1992     "Choices", Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

1991     "Known by Heart", Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

             Recent Work, Marianne Partlow Gallery, Portland, OR

1990     "Affinity", Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

            "New Paintings", Marianne Partlow Gallery, Olympia, WA

1989     "Free Will",Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

1988       Quartersaw  Gallery, Portland, OR

1985     Boyd Gallery, Pacific NW College of Art, Portland, OR

 

Group Exhibitions

2014     “Filtered: What does Love look like?”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

"Politically Charged!" Blue Line Art, Roseville, CA

“Oregon Art Beat", on Oregon Public Broadcasting Celebrates 15 Years”, Pioneer Court House Galleries, Portland, OR

2013     Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

            Friesen Gallery, Ketchem, ID

2012     “Craft Natonal”, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS

            “Human Rights Exhibition”, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

            “Art About Agriculture”, OSU, Corvallis, OR

2011     “Silver Summit, 25th Anniversary Exhibition”, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

“New Acquisitions, Highlights from the SAFECO Collection”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

“Real People 2011”, Woodstock, IL

            “Identify Yourself”, Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO

2010     An Introduction, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

            “Album”,Art Gym 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Marylhurst Universary, OR

2009     “Cut the Edge, Weave the Line: Textile Art 2009”, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

            Prichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

            “New Work from Gallery Artists”, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008     “Glorious Glass”,The Art Center, ST Petersburg, FL

2007     40th Anniversary Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Roswell Art Museum, Roswell, NM

            “Girls, Girls, Girls”, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

            “ARt Slate” biennial, Poster Artist, Condon,OR

2006   "Structure: Works Inspired by the Built Environment", Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery Space, Seattle, WA

Wallowa Festival of the Arts, Featured Artist and Juror, Joseph, OR

2005     RACC/Portland Fire and Rescue Intersections Artist-in-Residence Exhibition,

Fire Station 1, Portland, OR

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

            “Bold Expressions”, Sacramento Center for Fine Arts, Sacramento, CA

            “pARTners”,Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA curated by Deborah Paine

“Simply Red”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

2004     Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

            “figuratively speaking”, exploding head gallery, Sacramento, CA

            “The Clown Show”, Charles Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR

2003     Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NYC,NY

“ArtSlate”, Condon, OR

2002     “Northwest Notables”, Mirror Pond Gallery, Bend, OR

Summer Group Show, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

“Art About Agriculture”, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

“Dog and Pony Show”, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

 “Northwest Views, Selections from the SAFECO Collection” Frye Art Museum, Seattle,WA

            COCA NW Annual, Seattle, WA, juror Michael Sweeney

           PONCHO Invitational, Seattle, WA

             “Perspective and Perception”, L & B Viewing Room, Portland, OR

 “Art Slate 2001 Invitational-Invitational”, Condon, OR,  juror Henry Sayre

            “Narration, Emblem and Sequence in Contemporary Art”, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT juror Robert Taplin

“Husbands and Wives”, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

            “Art About Agriculture”, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2000     ANA29, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, juror Lucy Lippard

            “Wonder Women”, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR

 “Whole/Hole”, L & B Viewing Room, Portland, OR

            “Sex, Lies, Gender Gap”, Planned Parenthood Gala, San Francisco, CA

            “Faces”, AirTouch Cellular, Seattle, WA

             “PDXs to Quartersaw, 16th Anniversary Exhibition”, Portland, OR

“Open Walls”, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

1999   Christmas Group Show, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

            Ceramic Group Exhibition, Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

1998     Prints and Drawings, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

"In Human Form", Maude Kerns   Art Center, Eugene, OR

"figurative", L & B Viewing Room, Portland, OR

1997     "Summer Group Show", Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

PONCHO Invitational, Seattle, WA

            "People", AirTouch Cellular, Seattle, WA

            "the garden show", PICA, Portland, OR

1996     "The Mane Event", Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

            "The Tool Show", PICA, Portland, OR      

"Concerning Clothing", Dos Damas Gallery, San Diego, CA

            "Fences Project, One Year Later", Froelick Adelhart Gallery, Portland, OR

            "Texas National",University of Austin, Austin, TX, Faith Ringgold juror

            "Husbands and Wives", Raleigh Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

"Art About Agriculture", Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, Henry Sayre juror

            "Let Them Eat Cake", Acanthus Gallery, Portland, OR

1995     Washington Park "Fences Project", Tri-Met's Westside MAX and

The Regional Arts and Cultural Council (Collaboration with Gregory Grenon)

            "Dresses", Jamison Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

             Women's Art Triennial,Maude Kerns Center, Eugene, OR

1994     "Northwest Annual", Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA

            "ArtQuake"Invitational Exhibition, Portland, OR

            "Human Form",Visual Arts Center, Newport, OR

            "Faces",Umpqua Valley Arts Assc., Roseburg, OR

1993     "Everyday Objects Investigated", Grover Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA

            " Artists of the Willamette Valley", Corvallis, OR

1992     "Human Forms", Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, OR

1992     "Women's Struggle, Women's Vision" Triennial, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

1991     "Art Futures", PNCA Benifit, The Galleria, Portland, OR

            Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

1990     Table, Lamp and Chair", Portland, OR

            Marianne Partlow Gallery, Olympia, WA

            Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

1989     First Annual  PNCA Alumni Exhibition, Portland,OR,juried by Gerald Bolas

            Artquake, Portland, OR, juried by Mary Beebe

            Oregon State Fair, Salem, OR

1988     Public Hanging, Marylhurst Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR

1987     Public Hanging, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR

1986     Thesis Exhibition, Oregon Art Institute, Portland, OR

1984     Public Hanging, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR

1983     Arrasmith Gallery, Portland,OR

 

Public Commissions

1995     “Alphabet City”,“Fences Project”, Washington Park Zoo, Portland, OR (Collaboration with artist Gregory Grenon)

1999     “My Community is my Family”, Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Center, Portland, OR

1999     “Our New Mexico Desert Community”, Military Heights Elementary, Roswell, NM

2001     “Bountiful Harvest”, Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR

2004     “Search for Knowledge”Mural, Catlin Gabel Upper School Library, Portland, OR

Intersections/Artist-In-Residence RACC/Portland Fire and Rescue, Portland, OR

            Tigard Public Library children’s reading room, Tigard, OR

2006     “Connecting”, Stephenson Union, Southern Oregon University, Ashland,  OR

2007     “Where Knowledge Flows Dreams Grow”, Outlook Elementary, Sunnyside, WA

2008     “Heart of the City”, Arnold Rue Community Center, Stockton, CA

 

Public Collections

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR                                                           

Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA                                                                  

Schnitzer Museum, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR                                  

Seattle Portable Works, Seattle, WA                                                           

City Center Parking, Portland, OR                                                                        

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM                                 

Portland Community College, Sylvania, Rock Creek                                     

Portland Portable Works, Portland, OR                                                        

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA                                                            

Tri-Met "Fences Project”, Washington Park Zoo, Portland, OR

Dain Bosworth, Minneapolis, Minnesota                            

Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Center, Portland, OR

Oregon Health + Sciences University, Portland, OR  

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR                     

Legacy Emmanual Children's Hospital, Portland, OR                                                                        

Winkler Companies, Portland, OR

Fountain Associates, Portland, OR            

Northwest Triangle Properties, Portland, OR

O.M.C.Portland, OR/Toyko, Japan

Microsoft, Seattle, WA

SAFECO, Seattle, WA

Central City Concern, 9 NW 9th

University Hospital, Seattle,WA

Verizon, Seattle, WA       

Stauffer Supply Inc, Portland

Gamblin Artist Colors, Portland

Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR

Salem Hospital, Salem, OR

 

Work Related Experience

2012-1994          self-employed Professional Artist

2010                 Creative Arts Community, Menucha, Instructor

1995-2006          Volunteer, Oregon Health Sciences University Marquam Hill Art Committee

1995-2006          Curator BICC Gallery, OHSU

1994                 Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Instructor

1994                 Centrum, Port Townsend, WA, Instructor

1994-1995          Creative Arts Community, Menucha, Instructor

1986-2006          Taught visual arts in different capacities, as both volunteer and paid professional; TAG talented and gifted students and MLC children at risk  Portland Public Schools, grades K-12

1987-1994          Worked as assistant to the Director, William Jamison, and then as Director, Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

1986-1988          Gamblin Artist Colors

 

Education

Pacific NW College of Art, Portland, OR, BFA, Painting

1984-1985          Parsons School of Design, Paris, France

1985                 Ecole National Superior Des Beaux Artes, Paris, France, Certificate Lithography