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
2004-present Advisory Board, Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA. Mark Dion, J. Morgan Puett, directors

 

Curatorial Projects

2016    Analog RAM: The Return of Active Memory. The Research House for Asian Art, Chicago. Exhibition curator.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018    Vivarium, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL (opening in March 2018)
2014    Mary Lou Zelazny, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011    The Cake Lady Returns, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Flags and Swags, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
2009    Altogether Mutable: The Work of Mary Lou Zelazny, Hyde Park Center, Chicago, IL (with catalog)
           Online Exhibition: Altogether Mutable, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
2007    The Lake is Not an Ocean, Union League Club, Chicago, IL
2007    Repeating the Habit, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004     Next in the Gallery, Herron Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2004    Break the Charm, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
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, IL
1996    Mary Lou Zelazny, Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994    Soundings, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
1992    Living with Memorabilia, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991    Mary Lou Zelazny: Solo Series, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
1990    Mary Lou Zelazny, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988    History of Tools, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987    Mary Lou Zelazny, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
1986    Mary Lou Zelazny, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
1984    Famous Women and Interesting Men, Bookspace, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019    The New Unnatural, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL (opening in February 2019)
2018    Collage in Chicago survey curated by Doug Stapleton, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL and the State of Illinois Gallery
2017    The Mind’s I, Ed Paschke Center, Chicago, IL
           Barely Seen / Summer Selections, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016    Selections from the Collection of Mildred's Lane, Part 1, The Mildred Complex(ity), Narrowsburg, NY
2015    Surrealism: The Conjured Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
           From the Collection of Cleve Carney, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
2014    Making Space, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, curated by Susanne Doremus, Chicago, IL
           Surrealism and War, National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL
           Recombinant Stare: A Stare Magazine Retrospective, The Annex, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago, IL
2013    Creating a New Whole, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012    4800 W: Artists of Portage Park, Klee Building, Chicago, IL
2011    Cut Ups, Peter Paul Luce Gallery, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
           This is Paul Halupka, C33 Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago IL and the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Palos Hills, IL
2010    Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald's Corporate 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, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL
           Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and His Spheres of Influence, Sullivan Galleries, Sullivan Center SAIC, Chicago,IL,
           and the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
           Twos, O'Connor Art Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
2008    Ahh, Decadence!, Sullivan Galleries, Sullivan Center SAIC, Chicago, IL
           Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2007    Fresh Takes, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Girl on Guy, A & D Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006    Creative Imagining, The Howard A. and Judith Tullman Collection, The MobileMuseum 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, IL
2004    The Flat-Round World, Three Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
           The Reflected/Refracted Self, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Hard Candy, Sextablos, Works on Metal, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
           Time Travel: Truth, Beauty, and Justice, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003    Emergence: Women Artists in the New Millennium, William Bachman Gallery, Munster, IN
           Color and Form, Forum Plus Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002    Transcultural Visions: Polish-American Contemporary Art, National Museum of Szczecin, Poland
           Natural History, Aaron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
           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, IL
2001    Reflections: Fifteenth Anniversary Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Transcultural Visions: Polish-American Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 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    It Looks Easy, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
           Collage '99, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA
           Sextablos, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1998    The Velvet Show, Café Bocci, Chicago, IL
1997    Breadth of Aesthetic, Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Pink, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
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, NY
           Pleasure (Beyond Guilt), Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Selected Works in Collage, Merwyn-Wakeley Galleries, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
1995    Some New Faces, Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Art About Life: Contemporary American Culture, Indiana University Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington, IN (with catalog)
1994    Something in Common, Women Faculty in Painting and Drawing from the SAIC, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL (catalog)
1993    A(t)Tension to the Moment, Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts, Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH
           Chicago Drawings, Galleria Porta 33, Madeira, Portugal
           The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
           Chicago Art Group in Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany (with catalog)
           Garment as Metaphor, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
           Collages: Faulkner, Sensemann, Zelazny, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992    Quotations from America's Studio: Drawing New Conclusions, Betty Rymer Gallery, SAIC, Chicago, IL (with catalog)
           Face to Face, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (with catalog)
1991    Spirited Visions: Protraits of Chicago Artists, State of Illinois Gallery, Chicago IL (traveling-1993) (with catalog)
1990    The Chicago Show, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL (with 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 (with catalog)
1989    Material Matters, College of DuPage Arts Center Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL
           Chicago Artists in the European Tradition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (with catalog)
1988    Endangered Species, Klein Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Field and Seam, Roy Boyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
           Only a Woman Could, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
           The Truncated Figure, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987    Egg Tempera: Archaic Methods/Modern Minds, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
           Masks, Klein Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Artagogo, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
           Surfaces: Two Decades of Painting in Chicago, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL (with catalog)
           Endsville, 1480 W. Webster, Chicago, IL
1986    New Horizons in Art, 1986, Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
           Self-Protraits: Then or Now, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL (with catalog)
1985    Mary Lou Zelazny, Andre Ferella, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
           UNScene, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
           14th Union League Art Competition and Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1984    Chicago Head, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983    The Big Pitcher: 20 years of the Abstracted Figure in Chicago Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (with catalog)
           Sex Show, The Northside Auditorium Building, Chicago, IL
1981    Some Girls, A Celebration of Chicago Women Artists, The Donahue Building, Chicago, IL

 

Awards and Fellowships

2017    Kunstmeile Krems Betriebs GmbH:AIR-Artist in Residence, Krems a.d. Donau, Austria
2014    Santo Foundation, Individual Artist Award
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
1986    Dorland Mountain Colony Residency

 

Public Commissions

2006    McCormick Place Expansion Project, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Collections

City of Chicago Public Art Collection: 19th District Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL
Elmhurst College Art Collection, Elmhurst, IL
First Chicago Bank, Chicago, IL
John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Kemper National Insurance Companies
McDonald’s Corporation Collection, Oakbrook, IL
Mildred’s Lane Art Complex(ity), Narrowsburg, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Nagin and Associates, Miami, FL
Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
The Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Weichman and Associates, Munster, IN

 

Cover Art, Publications and Audio Recordings

"Open Season", band: Yawn, Englophile label, 2011
"Ship of Fools", band: Rubbish and Crank Sturgeon, Roil Noise Offensive label, 2008
"Private Arts", D. R. Heiniger ed. Chicago: Private Arts Press 1996
Sturtevant, Katherine, "Our Sisters' London, Feminist Walking Tours," Chicago Review Press, 1990
Sisskind, Mitch, "Visitations,"  Brightwater Press 1984

 

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Recombinant Stare, Mystery, Misprints, and Misappropriation. Catalog, Spudnik Press, Chicago. 2014
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Collage's Pictorial Variations on a Theme, David McCracken, Chicago Tribune, March 1988
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Review, Garrett Hold, New Art Examiner, September 1986
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