Rèsumè

Mary Coleman

Portland, Oregon

five.blue.marks@gmail.com

I am a Portland born artist who lived abroad in New Zealand for 11 years. During my time there I attended university earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Art and Design. I also volunteered at the Northland Medical Museum for 4 years. 

I relocated back to Portland as of April 2017 and am working on finishing the painting series I started as a postgraduate student.

EXHIBITIONS

AD15, Auckland, New Zealand — November 2015

This group show featured the work of graduating students from the School of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology. I presented Beneath the Skin, a series of multilayered paintings displaying images from the history of medicine.

Elam Graduate Show, Auckland, New Zealand — November 2011

For my graduate show at Elam, I presented a series There Will Come Soft Rains. These were paintings exploring the accidental radiation exposure of the Rongelap people as a result of the Castle Bravo nuclear test of 1954. 

Institution, Orex Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand – March 2011

This was a solo show at Orex Gallery which featured paintings of abandoned institutions and a series portraits of 19th century asylum inmates. 

My Favorite Nightmares, Works San Jose, California — 2010

I presented two portrait images of people suffering from Encephalitis lethargica at this international group show in California. 

Lewis & Clark Gender Studies Symposium, Lewis & Clark College, USA – 2005

I presented a series of self portraits at this show which featured gender as the theme. 

EXPERIENCE

The Northland Medical Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand – 2013 – 2017

The chance to involve myself at the Northland Medical Museum was an opportunity unrivaled. Working each week with antique medical tools, books, and equipment truly nurtured the creation of my paintings.

My main duty was using a customized database to catalogue museum items. This meant attaching a catalogue number, noting the identification of each object, and the addition of relevant historical information, including particular attachments items might have to the Northland region.

I also assisted in designing themed displays, some of which were entirely of my own creation. Visual aids with information on particular objects, or sections of objects, were usually my responsibility as well. This required I conduct research into any topic I was dealing with. I also made a point of decorating the library walls with prints of historical artwork that featured medical themes. 

Lastly, I helped out with any museum visitors. I learned to identify most objects and picked up on their history enough to serve as a temporary guide if the museum owner was busy elsewhere. 

The Old Library Community Arts Center, Whangarei, New Zealand — 2012 – 2013

As a volunteer, I was responsible for helping out with events held at the center. This included any art exhibitions, weddings, festivals, or concerts. I also assisted with cleaning the building. On top of that, I sold tickets, worked on spreadsheets, and I drafted business letters. It was a mishmash of responsibility which could change from day to day.

EDUCATION 

University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, New Zealand — Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, 2008 – 2011 

Auckland University of Technology, School of Art and Design, Master of Art and Design with Honours, 2013 – 2015