Mary King

Mary King has always made art. She began by writing curly lines in old receipt books her mother had used when people came out from town to buy eggs. Later, King graduated to producing life-sized paper dolls which she kept rolled up in her desk in school. King went on to earn a BFA from The University of Chicago and a MA from Western Michigan University. She studied advanced painting at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

King has been exhibiting professionally for over thirty eight years. She has had four one-person shows in New York and two in Chicago. Other solo exhibitions were in Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Saugatuck, and Battle Creek, Michigan, Naperville, Illinois and Gary, Indiana. King received grants from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and from Education For The Arts of Kalamazoo County. She was awarded a four-week residency at the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE. Most recently she was honored as a “Distinguished Alumna” by Western Michigan University. For the past twelve years, King has regularly exhibited her work at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York. Currently her work can be seen at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and at Sherry Washington Gallery in Detroit. King’s work has been favorably reviewed by The Kalamazoo Gazette, The Ann Arbor News, Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The New Art Examiner, The Chicago Reader, and The New York Times. King maintains her studio in her home in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago.

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