ARTIST BACKGROUND:

Mary Mihelic received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Parsons the New School for Design in 2006.  She recently completed an artist residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Studios at Mass MoCA/Assets for Artists program). Her artworks have been shown in New York City and around the nation.  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.  (She also attended Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls high school in the Chicago area. That history plays a part in her Running Girl Series). 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: 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.” She is fascinated by the way the imagination makes God a reality in the form of faith. 


As an artist, she examines what makes us believe anything we don’t see for ourselves.  ISIL beheads an American on camera and we first wonder if it is real.  We see images showing the horror of chemical weapons in Syria and question their legitimacy.  She comments on how the real heroes are the protestors.  They have the most faith.  They are the first to believe.  


In addition to her anti-Trump artwork and Running Girl Series, Mary has built a 40-foot wind tunnel that was part of the Building Show at Exit Art in NYC; her sculpture of a fallen halo was exhibited on the Beach at Sculpture Key West; her kneeler installation at One Brooklyn Bridge Park’s spctlclr vws show was mentioned in the New York Times; and her street art includes enormous pink earmuffs placed on NYC air conditioners still sticking out windows on the coldest day of the year.  


CURRENTLY A MEMBER OF THE t.RUTT ARTIST TEAM:

Mary Mihelic is also presently part of the t.Rutt artist team making art about

Donald Trump.  One of the artworks involved buying a former Trump campaign

bus when it went up for sale on Craigslist and transforming it into a contemporary

traveling anti-Trump artwork.  The art has been featured on The BBC London,

The Rachel Maddow Show, Vice, Fuji TV, Deutschland Radio, W Radio South

America, Univision, and featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Hyperallergic,

Univison, The LA Times, The Guardian,  The Atlantic, USA Today, Artnet, Artnews,

The Art Newspaper, Artforum, Voice of America (Turkey), Business Insider, The Sydney

Morning Herald...and publications worldwide.  The back of the bus now reads

“#make america great again” (Trump’s slogan) in Arabic and “birthed in the USA”. 

The sides read “#women trump trump” and “#make fruit punch great again”.  

See more at truttartist.com

Detail from  the Running Girl Series Running_Girl_30.html

Email: mihelicm [at] icloud.com

Twitter: @brklynartist

T.RUTT EXHIBITIONS:


May, June July 2017

Core Club

New York, New York

Open Carry: The Right to Bear Art


May 24 through August 19, 2017

Art on the Front Lines

RONALD FELDMAN GALLERY

New York, New York

Desecration Flags


APRIL 2017

REACT

Curated by Jackie Dreier

New York, New York

T.rump Campaign Bus, Desecration, and

This is What a Feminist  Looks like


APRIL 2017

INVITED SPEAKER

Art and Politics

New York University, New York


JUNE 18-19 2016

SMACK MELLON

“Of the People”

Brooklyn, New York

T.rump Campaign Bus


March 2016

VOLTA NY

New York, New York

T.rump Campaign Bus


UPCOMING RUNNING GIRL ART EXHIBITIONS:

Spring 2018

VIOLATED!

Selected Running Girl Artworks

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Curator: Dr. Batya Brutin and Academic Advisors

Remember the Women Institute

New York, New York


RUNNING GIRL PAST EXHIBITIONS:

April 6 to 18, 2017

REACT

Curated by Jackie Dreier

New York, NY

Running Girl 8 and 18


FALL 2016

Grunin Center for the Arts, Solo Show

Running Girls Series

Ocean Gallery

Ocean College, Tom’s River, New Jersey

Artist-in-residence October 3 - 10th, 2016
Invited Guest Speaker:

Beyond the Classroom: Global Education for Girls


FALL 2016

Georgian Court University

(in collaboration with the Grunin Center), Solo Show

Running Girls Series

November 2016

Lakewood Township, New Jersey

Invited Guest Speaker as part of Critical Concerns 2016:

Women’s Voices in the Jubilee Year of Mercy


Winter/Spring, 2016

Crane Arts Solo Show

Running Girls Series

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Fall/Winter 2015

Body Politic

Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney Dance

New York, New York

October 12 to December 11

Running Girl 8 (mercy, beaucoup haram)


Fall 2015

MASS MoCA

(The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art)

Artist Residency:

The Studios at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists

October 30 to November 13

North Adams, Massachusetts


Winter 2016

Conception Art Fair

Shown by Crane Arts, Philadelphia

Running Girl Artworks and Installation

December 1 to 6

Miami, Florida


Spring 2015

The Cornell University Johnson Museum

April 25th, 2015

Curated by visiting scholar Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe


Fall, 2015

Osilas Gallery, Season X,  Ten-year Retrospective

Running Girl 16, Steal Home

Sept 12 thru October 25

Bronxville, New York


February 17 thru  April 2, 2015

Gallery Bergen -- Solo show

Running Girls Series

Bergen County Community College

Bergen, NJ


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 2

Long Island City

New York, NY



SEE THE ARTIST’S COMPLETE RESUME


See  all the t.Trutt anti-Trump press at http://truttartist.com/news-articles/



                                                           Running Girl Press includes:

•Artnet News January 26th, 2015

http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/boko-harams-kidnapped-schoolgirls-inspire-exhibition-233074


•Artnet News February 16th, 2015

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/is-a-new-artistic-activism-emerging-via-social-media-and-forms-of-public-protest-250223


•NYC Aesthetic:

http://nycaesthetic.com/mary-mihelic/


•The Brooklyn Eagle:

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/9/26/bushwick-artist-creates-works-inspired-boko-haram-kidnapped-girls


•The News Nigeria

http://thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2014/11/16/us-artist-dedicates-artworks-to-chibok-schoolgirls/


•The Religion News Service:

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/11/06/kidnapped-nigerian-schoolgirls-inspire-running-girls-artwork-photos/


•The Osun State Broadcasting Company of Nigeria:

http://osbcng.org/2014/11/07/kidnapped-nigerian-girls-plight-inspires-artist/


  1. The Church Times (United Kingdom):

http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2014/7-november/news/world/kidnapped-nigerian-girls-plight-inspires-artist


•National Catholic Reporter: October 10 to 22nd, 2014 -- Print Edition page 3


*Indian Muslim Observer:

http://indianmuslimobserver.com/2014/11/02/christian-artist-highlights-plight-of-nigerian-girls-kidnapping-by-boko-haram-through-her-artworks/


•The Broad SIde:

http://www.the-broad-side.com/bringbackourgirls-five-months-later-what-one-artist-is-doing-so-we-dont-forget


• Alldigitocracy:

http://alldigitocracy.org/bringbackourgirls-five-months-later-what-one-artist-is-doing-so-we-dont-forget


•Community of Nigeria

http://communityofnigeria.com/tag/girls39/


•Brooklyn News:

http://brooklynnews.net/2014/09/bushwick-artist-creates-works-inspired-by-boko-haram-kidnapped-girls/


•The Queens Tribune

http://queenstribune.com/lic-gallery-celebrates-women-through-art/


•The Jersey Tomato Press

http://thejerseytomatopress.com/stories/Nigerian-Girls-Not-Forgotten-at-Gallery-Bergen,16055?category_id=56&town_id=1&sub_type=stories


•Bergen Community College wordpress:

https://runninggirlsbcc.wordpress.com


•Slope Media

http://www.slopemedia.org/bringbackourgirls-commemoration-this-week/


•Ithaca Voice:

http://www.ithacavoice.com/2015/04/running-girl-exhibit-cornell/


•Artrubic.com

http://artrubic.com/blog/art/social-media-as-a-form-of-public-protest/


ALSO PICKED UP BY:

•Artnet News, Monday April 27th

https://news.artnet.com/people/sabeen-mehmud-killed-in-pakistan-292038?utm_campaign=artnetnews&utm_source=042715daily&utm_medium=email


•Trending Newsz

http://trendingnewsz.com/is-a-new-artistic-activism-emerging-via-social-media-and-forms-of-public-protest


•Rethinking !slam (November11th):

http://rethinkingislam-withnewageislam.blogspot.com/2014/11/brothers-kill-mother-teenage-sisters.html


•Sojourners  (November 7th):

http://sojo.net/blogs/2014/11/07/don’ -forget-nigerian-schoolgirls-or-girls’-education


•Topix  (November 7th):

http://www.topix.com/music/christian/2014/11/kidnapped-nigerian-schoolgirls-inspire-a-running-girlsa-artwork


•The Free Library Library

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/'Running+girl+15'.-a0387530300


•Find Nigeria.com News Headlines (November 7th)

http://news.findnigeria.com/article/126543_bushwick-artist-creates-works-inspired-by-boko-haram-kidnapped-girls


•Mashup (November 7th)

http://news.findnigeria.com/article/126543_bushwick-artist-creates-works-inspired-by-boko-haram-kidnapped-girls


•Boko Haram Terrorists/Tumblr

https://www.tumblr.com/search/Boko+Haram+terrorists’                                                                          


•New Age Islam (November 7th)

http://www.newageislam.com/islam,-women-and-feminism/new-age-islam-news-bureau/brothers-kill-mother,-teenage-sisters-for-‘honour’-in-pakistan/d/99962

Trump’s old Campaign Bus in the Bible Belt