Mary Mihelic, Artist.

About the artist.  

One of Mary Mihelic's public artworks: photo above documents when she placed earmuffs on air conditioners throughout NYC on the coldest day of the year.

Email: mihelicm@icloud.com

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.  In addition, growing up, her family was friends with members of the IBO tribe in Nigeria).

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.  

Mary has exhibited 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 (shown above).  

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, Bete TV, Arte TV and featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The LA Times, The Guardian,  The Atlantic, USA Today, Artnet, Artnews, Quartz, The Art Newspaper, Artforum, Voice of America (Turkey), The Economist, Newsweek, Business Insider, The Sydney Morning Herald... and publications worldwide. 

ART EXHIBITIONS:

February and March 2018

Art of the Subconscious

Theta Spring/Contra Studios

New York, New York


Spring 2018

VIOLATED! Women in Holocaust and Genocide

Selected Running Girl Artworks

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Curator: Dr. Batya Brutin and Academic Advisors

Remember the Women Institute

New York, New York


PAST  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

Selected Running Girls


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


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

Awarded artist grant

Guest Speaker: Beyond the Classroom: Global Education for Girls


FALL 2016

Georgian Court University , Solo Show

(in collaboration with the Grunin Center)

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, Solo Show

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, Solo Show

(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


Elements in Balance: Earth, Air, Fire Water

AnnMarie Sculpture Garden, in association with the Smithsonian Institution

Dowell, MD

June, July, August 2103

Kneeler Sculptures


Sacred Memories, Honoring the Dead Across Cultures, juried by the city of Los Angeles Dia de los Muertos Committee

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles, CA

October and November 18, 2012

“Tsunami” – Work on Paper

“Journey of Faith,” an exhibition curated by Shanley Hanlon

Osilas Gallery, Bronxville, NY, September and October 2012

“Hot as Hell” – A site-specific installation  


“Flying Machines” -- curated by Staci Offutt and Natalie Conti

Westmoreland County Museum of American Art Biennale

The Headkeeper Gallry, Greensburg, PA, April and May 2012

“Levitation” –  Artworks on Paper


A Change of Climate – a month-long exhibition sponsored by Blue Source

25 West 17th Street, New York, NY, May 2011

“Tsunami Series” – Artworks on Paper


Moi Meme Solo Exhibition

“Our Majestic Meltdown” – curated by Zev Jonas  

Moi Meme Showroom 38th Street, New York, NY,  April 2011

Artworks on canvas and paper.


ArtBridge – a juried NYC public art exhibition,

panel included Guggenheim Curator David  Van Der Leer.  Chelsea Outdoor Billboard Space, New York, NY,  2010 and 2011

“Poseidon is Pissed Off”, a mixed media painting.


Art Loop Open – a juried Chicago public art exhibition.

Block 37, Chicago, IL  October/November 2010

“I would like my life back, says the planet”, a site-specific installation

based on BP's Tony Hayward's statement.


spctclr vws – a month-long exhibition sponsored by Stribling

One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY, May/June 2009

“Goodness Won”, a site-specific installation.


Sculpture Key West –a juried exhibition curated by Shamim Momin,

co-curator for the 2008 Whitney Biennale.

Fort Zachary State Park, Key West, Florida, March/April 2009

“Forcing Goodness”, a mixed media sculpture.


Building Show – a juried exhibition

Exit Art, New York, NY, February and March 2007

“Long-Winded”, an interactive installation.


Signatures of Age – a juried exhibition

Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL, October 2006

“Emerging”, mixed media on canvas.


Amendicoms Project – a traveling Exhibition, NYC to Israel

Makor Gallery, New York, NY, August/September 2006

“Winged Peace”, mixed media on paper.


Wish You Were Here – an invitation only exhibition

A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, July 2006

“Counting the days”, mixed media on canvas.


Uprising -- Parsons the New School for Design MFA Thesis Show

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, April 2006

“I do”, a mixed media sculpture.


Small Axes -- Parsons the New School for Design MFA Show

Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, New York, February 2006


CURRENTLY SHOWING OTHER ARTWORKS:


Vermont Exhibition of Contemporary NYC Artists

Mountain Road Resort, Stowe, Vermont

November 2012 – present  

“It's Getting Warmer” – Mixed Media on Paper

Artworks on Paper


Brush, NYC – 9 East 19th Street

New York, NY  

October 2012 - present

“Oil Spill” and “Tsunami 1”