Mary Mihelic, Artist.

About the artist.  



Mary Mihelic received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Parsons the New School for Design in 2006.  Since  then, 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.  As a contemporary artist, she focuses on feminism, spirituality and politics.  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.  Her undergraduate degree is from Boston College where she majored in English.  Her running girls series is influenced by her education at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic high school near Chicago.

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.  A losing candidate says the election was not legitimate and Americans believe him despite all the evidence to the contrary.  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).  Her running girls series has been covered in Artnet, Artnews, the Religous New Service and more.

Mary Mihelic is 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. 

Mary Mihelic is also currently part of the comedy writing team for This Week This Week, LA's premiere topical sketch show (performed live every Thursday at the Open Fist Theatre).  


January and February 2021

Riverviews Artspace, Solo  Show

Running Girls Series

Lynchberg, Virginia

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

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


New York, New York

Desecration Flags

APRIL 2017


Curated by Jackie Dreier

New York, New York

Trump Campaign Bus, Desecration,

This is What a Feminist  Looks Like and

Selected Running Girls

APRIL 2017


Art and Politics

New York University, New York

JUNE 18-19 2016


“Of the People”

Brooklyn, New York

Trump Campaign Bus

March 2016


New York, New York

Trump 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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Running Girls Series

Fall/Winter 2015

Body Politic

Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney Dance

New York, New York

Running Girl 8

Fall 2015


(The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art)

Artist Residency: The Studios at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists

North Adams, Massachusetts

Winter 2016

Conception Art Fair

Shown by Crane Arts, Philadelphia

Miami, Florida

Running Girl Artworks and Installation

Spring 2015

The Cornell University Johnson Museum, Solo Show

Curated by visiting scholar Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe

Fall, 2015

Osilas Gallery, Season X,  Ten-year Retrospective

Bronxville, New York

Running Girl 16, Steal Home

February 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 D.C.

International Women’s Day Invited Guest Speaker

March 2015

Conception Gallery

“Woman Up”

New York, NY

Running Girl Artworks

June, July, and August 2013

Elements in Balance: Earth, Air, Fire Water

AnnMarie Sculpture Garden, in association with the Smithsonian Institution

Dowell, MD

Kneeler Sculptures

October and November 2012

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

“Tsunami” – Work on Paper

September and October 2012

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

Osilas Gallery

Bronxville, NY,

“Hot as Hell” – A site-specific installation  

April and May 2012

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

Westmoreland County Museum of American Art Biennale

The Headkeeper Gallery

Greensburg, PA,

“Levitation” –  Artworks on Paper

May 2011

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

25 West 17th Street

New York, NY

“Tsunami Series” – Artworks on Paper

April 2011

Moi Meme Solo Exhibition

“Our Majestic Meltdown” – curated by Zev Jonas  

Moi Meme Showroom

New York, NY  

Artworks on canvas and paper

2010 and 2011

ArtBridge – a juried NYC public art exhibition,

panel included Guggenheim Curator David  Van Der Leer

Chelsea Outdoor Billboard Space

New York, NY

“Poseidon is Pissed Off”, a mixed media painting

October/November 2010

Art Loop Open – a juried Chicago public art exhibition.

Block 37

Chicago, IL  

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

based on BP's Tony Hayward's statement.

May/June 2009

spctclr vws – a month-long exhibition sponsored by Stribling

One Brooklyn Bridge Park,

Brooklyn, NY,

“Goodness Won”, a site-specific installation

March/April 2009

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

co-curator for the 2008 Whitney Biennale.

Fort Zachary State Park, Key West, Florida

“Forcing Goodness”, a mixed media sculpture

February and March 2007

Building Show – a juried exhibition

Exit Art

New York, NY,

“Long-Winded”, an interactive installation

October 2006

Signatures of Age – a juried exhibition

Womanmade Gallery,

Chicago, IL

“Emerging”, mixed media on canvas

August/September 2006

Amendicoms Project – a traveling Exhibition, NYC to Israel

Makor Gallery

New York, NY,

“Winged Peace”, mixed media on paper

July 2006

Wish You Were Here – an invitation only exhibition

A.I.R. Gallery

New York, NY

“Counting the days”, mixed media on canvas

April 2006

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

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

New York, NY

“I do”, a mixed media sculpture

February 2006

Small Axes

Parsons the New School for Design MFA Show

Heidi Cho Gallery,

New York, New York


November 2012 – present

Vermont Exhibition of Contemporary NYC Artists

Mountain Road Resort

Stowe, Vermont

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

October 2012 - present

Brush, NYC – 9 East 19th Street

New York, NY  

“Oil Spill” and “Tsunami 1”

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.