• On display
    Chicago | The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

    The New Unnatural, curated by Robin Dluzen and Mary Lou Zelazny opens February 2019. The exhibition features works by several female artists dealing with the modern grotesque. 




  • On display
    Seattle | Frederick Holmes and Company

    Come Back with a Warrant, curated by Tony Fitzpatrick, features works by Lou Beach and Zelazny among others. 

  • In the news
    Top Ten, Art & Antiques, May 2019.

  • On display
    Chicago | Carl Hammer Gallery

Mary Lou Zelazny's fifth solo exhibition with Carl Hammer Gallery opened Friday, March 2, 2018. Featuring new mixed-media floral paintings and tree portraits. 

Click here for the catalog.

Contact below for inquiries:

Carl Hammer Gallery
(312) 266-8512

  • In the news

Vibrant Bouquets from Mary Lou Zelazny, Judy Carmack Bross, Classic Chicago Magazine, April 22, 2018.

"Vivarium": Mary Lou Zelazny, Bruce Thorn, New Art Examiner, April 19, 2018.


  • In residence
    Krems, Austria | AIR

    Zelazny recieved one of two SAIC-faculty summer residency fellowships at the Kunstmeile Krems: AIR - Artist in Residence Program. 

  • On display
    Chicago | The Ed Paschke Center

    Zelazny invited to participate in Anne Harris's drawing project series, The Mind's Eye, which asked artists to create a 12" x 12" on-site self-portrait. 


  • On display
    Chicago | The Research House for Asian Art | Curated by Mary Lou Zelazny

    Analog RAM featured the work of over 120 young artists in an extensive series of collaborative collages, assembled from drawings made over 6 years in Zelazny's course Figure Painting — From Photo to Memory. Catalogs available here.

    See the collection now as permanent additions to the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Viewings available by appointment.




  • On display
    Chicago | The Museum of Contemporary Art | Curated by Lynne Warren

    Zelazny's painting, Sea Walker, was featured in Surrealism: The Conjured Life at the MCA.

    (Photo: Adrian Gaut. Click image to enlarge view.)

  • On display
    Elmhurst, IL | Elmhurst Art Museum

    Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest presented highlights from a collection of 300 works bequeathed to the museum by Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a prominent Chicago-area contemporary arts collector and arts supporter. 


  • On display
    Chicago | Carl Hammer Gallery

    New Works, a solo exhibition of Zelazny's runs April through May 2014 at Carl Hammer Gallery. See paintings from the exhibition here. 

    In the press
    ~ Mary Lou Zelazny at Carl Hammer Gallery, James Yood, Art LTD, August 2014.

  • On display
    Chicago | The National Veterans Art Museum

    The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran is a project organized by Jeanne Dunning and Aaron Hughes. The first iteration this project was featured in the Surrealism & War exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum. Zelazny partnered with Lisa Boumstein-Smalley and Geoffry Smalley to create a drawing titled The Exquisite Corpse of Stanistaw Zelazny.

    "I have chosen my father, Stanislaw Zelazny, because of his WWII experiences. In 1938, at the age of 14, he was kidnapped from his home by the German military for slave labor. 40,000 to 50,000 children aged 14 to 15 were abducted in operation 'Heu-Aktion.' The term means harvesting the hay. After the liberation, my father joined the British reconstruction forces."
    Mary Lou Zelazny  

  • In print
    San Francisco, CA | Mission at Tenth Interarts Journal

    Made of Iron appears as the cover of Mission at Tenth, Volume 5, published by the California Institute of Integral Studies. Other paintings by Zelazny also featured within the text.


  • In cinema
    New York | Consuming Spirits by Chris Sullivan

    Consuming Spirits, an animated feature length film by Chris Sullivan, was released on December 12th, 2012 in New York City. The small cast of this movie includes the work of voice actors Mary Lou Zelazny, Chris Sullivan, Judith Rafael, Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews and Chris Harris.

    About the film : 
    ~ Bones in the Woods, Family Secrets in the Heart, A.O. Scott, The New York Times, December 11, 2012.
    ~ The 100 Best Animated Movies, Dave Calhoun and Joshua Rothkopf, TimeOut Los Angeles, May 18, 2014.
    ~ Consuming Spirits, John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter, December 11, 2012.


  • On display
    Elmhurst, IL | Elmhurst College

    Flags and Swagsa solo exhibition of paintings by Zelazny made between 1996 - 2008 on view the month of March 2011 as part of Elmhurst College Women’s History Exhibition Series.

  • On display
    Chicago | C33 Gallery | Colombia College

    Zelazny featured in the exhibition This is Paul Halupka, curated by Jessica Cochran.

    About the exhibition :
    ~ A regular guy inspires This is Paul Halupka, Lauri Apple, The Chicago Reader, June 30, 2011.

  • On display
    Mount Vernon, IA | Peter Paul Luce Gallery | Cornell College

    Mixed-media paintings by Zelazny featured in the exhibition Cut Ups.




  • On display
    San José, CA | Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery | San José State University

    Chicago Imagism(s), curated by James Yood, exhibited works by Mary Lou Zelazny as well as Chicago artists Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Hollis Sigler, and Karl Wirsum among others.

  • On display
    Chicago | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries

    Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and His Spheres of Influence was a large retrospective of Yoshida's work held at the SAIC. The retrospective also featured selections from Yoshida's private collection, which included the work of Mary Lou Zelazny and other students that Yoshida influenced and later collected throughout his teaching career. 

    About the exhibition:
    ~ Ray Yoshida's Foresight, John Yau, Hyperallergic, December 13, 2015

    Yoshida's private collection now resides at the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI.

    About the collection :
    ~ Reviving the Spirit of an Artist Through His Personal Collection, Jillian Steinhauer in conversation with Karen Patterson, Hyperallergic, January 15, 2014

  • On display
    River Forest, IL | O'Connor Art Gallery | Dominican University

    Twos, curated by Karsten Lund and others, paired the work of Mary Lou Zelazny and John Stezaker.


  • On display
    Chicago | The Hyde Park Art Center

    Thirty years of mixed-media paintings are presented in Zelazny's first retrospect, Altogether Mutable: the Work of Mary Lou Zelazny, at the Hyde Park Art Center from February 1, 2009 through April 12, 2009. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with text by curator and director of the Hyde Park Art Center, Allison Peters Quinn, and author John Haskell. More information about the retrospective here.


  • On display
    Chicago | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries

    Ahh, Decadence!, curated by Lisa Wainwright, highlighted works by Chicago-based artists Mary Lou Zelazny, Nick Cave, Jim Lutes, Tony Fitzpatrick and Phyllis Bramson among others.



  • On display
    Chicago | The Union League Club

    The Lake is Not an Ocean, a solo exhibit featuring paintings by Zelazny at the Union League Club.

  • On display
    Chicago | Carl Hammer Gallery

    Repeating the Habit, a solo exhibition of new work by Zelazny opened March through April 2007 at Carl Hammer Gallery. See paintings from the exhibition here.