Born
1956 Chicago
 
Education
1980 BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1978 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
   
  Academic Affiliation
1990-present Adjunct Professor,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
 
  Selected One Person Exhibitions
2014 New Work,
Carl Hammer Gallery
2011 The Cake Lady Returns,
Carl Hammer Gallery
  Flags and Swags,
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
2009 Altogether Mutable: The Work of Mary Lou Zelazny,
Hyde Park Art Center (catalog)
  Online Exhibition: Altogether Mutable,
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Washington, DC
2003 Break the Charm,
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago
2001 What was the Question Again?
IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art, Indiana University,
Northwest, Gary, IN
2000 What was the Question?
Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago
1996 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago
1994 Soundings,
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
1992 Living with Memorabilia,
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
1991 Mary Lou Zelazny: Solo Series,
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
1990 Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
1988 History of Tools,
Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago
1987 Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago
1986 Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago
1984 Famous Women and Interesting Men,
Bookspace, Chicago
 
top Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Making Space, curated by Susanne Doremus,
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
 

Surrealism and War,
National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago

2013 Creating a New Whole,
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago
2012 4800 W: Artists of Portage Park,
Klee Building, Chicago
2011 Cut Ups,
Peter Paul Luce Gallery, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
  This is Paul Halupka,
C33 Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, and Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL ( catalog)
2010 Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from
McDonald's Corporate Art Collection
,
Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
  Chicago Imagism(s),
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery
San José State University, San José, CA
  Faculty Projects,
Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute, Chicago
 

Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence,
Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute, Chicago

  Twos,
O'Connor Art Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
2008 Ahh, Decadence!
Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute, Chicago
  Not Just Another Pretty Face,
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
  Girl on Guy,
A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago
2006 Creative Imagining,
The Howard A. and Judith Tullman Collection,
The Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile AL
  Putting it All Together, The Art of Collage,
Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale, IL
2005 All About Women,
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago
2004 The Flat-Round World,
3Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
  The Reflected/Refracted Self,
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago
  Hard Candy: Sextablos, Works on Metal.
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Time Travel: Truth, Beatuy, and Justice.
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago
2003 Emergence: Women Artists in the New Millenium.
William Bachman Gallery, Munster, IN
  Color and Form,
Forum Plus Gallery, Chicago
2002 Transcultural Visions: Polish-American Contemporary Art.
National Museum of Szczecin, Poland.
Natural History,
Arron Packer Gallery, Chicago.
Evoking Histories/Memory of Water: Spoleto 2002,
curated by Mary Jane Jacob and Tumelo Musako, Charleston, SC.
Pasted On, a Survey of Collage Strategies.
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago.
2001 Reflections: fifteenth anniversary show.
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago
  Transcultural Visions: Polish-American Contemporary Art,
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago and Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
2000 Synthesis, Collage and Mixed Media.
Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
  Sextablos, Works on Metal.
Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1999 Sextablos,
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
  It Looks Easy,
Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
  Collage ’99,
Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa
1998 The Velvet Show,
Café Bocci, Chicago
1997 Breadth of Aesthetic,
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago
Pink,
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago
1996 International Exhibit of Collage,
Parkland College, Champaign, IL
Revelries,
Ford Center for the Arts, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Visual Feasting,
Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
Views of a Lady,
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York City
Pleasure (Beyond Guilt),
Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
Selected Works in Collage,
Merwyn-Wakeley Galleries, Illinois Wesleyan University,
Bloomington, IL
1995 Some New Faces,
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago
Art About Life: Contemporary American Culture,
Indiana University Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington, IN, catalog
1994 Something in Common, The Women Faculty
in Painting and Drawing from
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, catalog
1993

A(t)Tension to the Moment,
Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts,
Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH, catalog

Chicago Drawings,
Galleria Porta 33, Madeira, Portugal
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis,
The Drawing Center, New York City
Chicago Art Group in Frankfurt,
Frankfurt, Germany, catalog
Garment as Metaphor,
Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
Collages: Faulkner, Sensemann, Zelazny,
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
1992 Quotations from America's Studio: Drawing New Conclusions,
Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, catalog
Face to Face,
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, catalog
1991 Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists,
State of Illinois Gallery, Chicago (traveling-1993), catalog
1990 The Chicago Show,
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, catalog
Indianapolis Collects,
Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art, IN
  Our Corner of the World: Seventeen Illinois Artists,
University Galleries Illinois State University, Normal, IL, catalog
1989 Material Matters,
College of DuPage Arts Center Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL
Chicago Artists in the European Tradition,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, catalog
1988 Endangered Species,
Klein Gallery, Chicago
Field and Seam,
Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Only a Woman Could,
Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago
The Truncated Figure,
Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
1987 Egg Tempera: Archaic Methods/Modern Minds,
Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago
1987 Masks,
Klein Gallery, Chicago
Artagogo,
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Surfaces: Two Decades of Painting in Chicago,
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, catalog
Endsville,
1480 W. Webster, Chicago
1986 New Horizons in Art, 1986,
Chicago Public Library Cultural Center Chicago
  Self-Portraits: Then or Now,
ARC Gallery, Chicago, catalog
1985 Mary Lou Zelazny, Andre Ferella,
Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago
UNscene, ARC Gallery, Chicago
  14th Union League Art Competition and Exhibition,
Artemisia Gallery Chicago
1984 Chicago Head, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
1983 The Big Pitcher: 20 Years of the Abstracted Figure in Chicago Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, catalog
Sex Show,
The Northside Auditorium Building, Chicago
1981 Some Girls: A Celebration of Chicago Women Artists,
The Donahue Building, Chicago
 
top Visiting Artist
2011 Loyola University Chicago, Chicago
2010 Loyola University Chicago, Chicago
2004 Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2002 Williams College, Art Department, Williamstown, MA
1998 University of Iowa, School of Art and Architecture, Iowa City, IA
1996 De Paul University, Department of Fine Art, Chicago
1994 Columbia College, Department of Art, Chicago
  University of Chicago, Department of Art, Chicago
1992 Northwestern University, Department of Art, Evanston, IL
  Oxbow, Saugatuck, MI
1989 Rockford College, Department of Art, Rockford, IL
 
  public commissions
2006 McCormick Place Expansion Project, Chicago, IL
   
  Awards and Fellowships
2008 Illinois Arts Council Special Assistance Grant
2007 Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2007 Illinois Arts Council Special Assistance Grant
2003 Margaret Klimek Phillips Fellowship
1998 Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1992 Arts Midwest/ National Endowment for the Arts
Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award
  Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1986 Dorland Mountain Colony Residency
Selected Collections
Elmhurst College of Art, Elmhurst, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
First Chicago Bank, Chicago
Kemper National Insurance Companies
Nagin and Associates, Miami, FL
Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Weichman and Associates, Munster, IN
 
top Bibliography
Mary Lou Zelazny, 
Chris Miller, New City, October 8, 2011
Eye Exam: Chicago's Own Surrealist
Jason Foumberg, New City Art, February 16, 2009
Altogether Mutable: The Work of Mary Lou Zelazny,
Karsten Lund, Flavorpill.com, February 2009
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Laura Pearson, Timeout.com, February 19–25, 2009
Altogether Mutable,
Bert Stabler, Chicago Reader, February 2009
The Art of Collage,
Alan G. Artner,Chicago Tribune, March 2009
Piecing perfect puzzles,
Robert Loerzel, Pioneer Press, Chicago April 2007
  Artist's Eclecticism Runs More Than Canvas-Deep,
Kevin Nance, Chicago Sun Times, March 28, 2007
  Piecing Perfect Puzzles,
Robert Loerzel, Pioneer Press, Thursday, April 5, 2007
Zelazny's Work Has Come a Very Long Way,
Alan Artner. Chicago Tribune, December 5, 2003
Mary Lou Zelazny, Fred Camper,
Chicago Reader, December 26, 2003
New American Paintings. Number 35, 2001
New American Paintings. Number 11, 1997
Superior And Huron Bring On New Season With Style,
Hawkins, Margaret: Chicago Sun Times, 09/20/96
Mary Lou Zelazny, Connors, Thomas:
New Art Examiner, November 1996
Art Exhibition Explores Metaphorical Works
Of Four Contemporary Collage Artists

Atterberry, Gisele:
News Gazette, Champaign IL, 1996
Dedicated To Paint,
Jacob, Mary Jane: Something in Common, catalog 1994
Zelazny Takes Giant Step With Latest Show,
Artner, Alan: Chicago Tribune, 09/30/94
A(T)Tension To The Moment
catalog with text by Nathan,Jacqueline;
curator, Bowling Green State University, Fine Arts Center, 1993
Artists Take Collage On A Joyride Of Perspectives,
McCracken, David: Chicago Tribune, 04/16/93
The Best Art Exhibitions,
Artner, Alan, and McCracken, David: Chicago Tribune, 12/27/92
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Hixson, Kathryn: Flash Art, Summer 1992
Art People: Mary Lou Zelazny's Feminine Perspective,
Eftekhar, Judith Lin: The Chicago Reader, 03/20/92
Zelazny Seamlessly Blends Collage,Paint,
McCracken, David: Chicago Tribune, 03/13/92
Face To Face, A Chance To Meet 80 Chicago Artists
As They See Themselves On Canvas
,
Artner, Alan, Chicago Tribune, 03/22-92
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Yood, James: Art Forum, Summer 1992
Spriited Visions, Portraits Of Chicago Artists,
photographs by Carroll, Patty, text by Yood, James.
University of Illinois Press, 1991
Rockford Art Museum Keeps Contemporary,
Kranz, Cindy: Rockford Register, 09/26/91
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Hixson, Kathryn: Arts Magazine, April 1990
Artist’s Latest Works Show She’s Joined The Major Leagues, Ligocki, Gordon: The Hammond Times, January 1990
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Holg, Garrett: Art News, April 1990
Zelazny's Work Advances As She Abandons Coyness,
Artner, Alan: Chicago Tribune, 01/12/90
Our Corner Of The World,
catalog with text by Dahlberg, Laurie; Illinois State University, 1989
The Persistence Of Modernism,
in Chicago Artists In The European Tradition, catalog with text by Warren, Lynne, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 1989
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Artner, Alan: Chicago Tribune, September 1998
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Abell, Jeff: New Art Examiner, December 1998
Mary Lou Zelazny,
Peter Miller Gallery, Spector, Buzz: Art Forum, February 1988
Collages Pictorial Variations On A Theme,
McCracken, David: Chicago Tribune, 03/04/88
Mary Lou Zelazny At Peter Miller,
Taylor, Sue: Art in America, January 1988
Surfaces. Two Decades Of Painting In Chicago:
Seventies And Eighties
,
catalog with text by Kirshner, Judith Rossi;
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, 1987
Two Decades Of Painting In Chicago,
Adrian, Denis: New Art Examiner, December 1987
Review,
Hold, Garrett: New Art Examiner, September 1986
Collages Depict Us As Seekers Of Goods,
Taylor, Sue: Chicago Sun Times, 07/10/86
The Big Pitcher: 20 Years Of Abstracted Figure
In Chicago Art
, catalog 1983


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