M A R Y    G I L L I S



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Education:

New York University
, M.A. degree
Il Centro Internazionale delle Arti e del Costume, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Studio Art and Art History Program of New York University.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. B.F.A. degree with honors
School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

Awards:

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
National Scholastic Art Scholarship, Pratt Institute

Distinction:

Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, 2016

One-Person Exhibitions:

2016 Wheaton’s Galllery, Mason, Michigan
Paintings, Sculpture, Mixed Media

2013-14  Maurer Gallery, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
American in Cabo Series, Paintings on aluminum

2012-13 Gillis Studio + Gallery, Mason, Michigan
Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, Prints and Mixed Media

2011 Gillis Studio + Gallery, Williamston, Michigan
Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, Prints and Mixed Media

2010 Gillis Studio + Gallery, Williamston, Michigan
Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, Prints and Mixed Media

2002 Gensler, New York, New York
Paintings on Aluminum and Monotypes

1995,96 Yeary-Vantol, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures 1976-1996

1995 The Edge Gallery, Pontiac, Michigan.
The Vitrier Series

1995 E III Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Paintings, Sculptures, Mixed Media

1994 Alexa Lee Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
New Sculptures and Paintings

1988 Germans van Eck Gallery, New York, New York
Paintings

Two-Person Exhibitions:

2004 District Arts Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Mary Gillis and Ellen Firestone

2001 Burnaby Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda
New Works Featuring Mary Gillis & Paul Doughty

Additional Exhibitions:

2014 Wheaton’s Gallery, Mason, Michigan
Paintings and Prints

2012 Neighborhood Empowerment Center, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, Lansing, Michigan
Indian Corn Series, Sculpture

2006 Cameron Scott Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Abstract Expression, Mary Gillis, Rodney Denne, Lenore Gimpert

2006 CameronScottGallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Rolls Royce and Bentley, a Celebration of Art and Auto

2000 Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Particular Vision; Mary Gillis, Carol Hepper, Heather McGill,
Michael Flomen, Dennis Oppenheim, Katy Schimert, Glenn Goldberg,
Donald Lipski

1999 Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jumpstart, Mixed media

1998 Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan
Regional 70,
Invitational

1997 Posner Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Gallery Artists

Yeary-Vantol, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures

1996 Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan
Tornado Watch! Invitational

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Prehistoric Plants and Other Critters; Dinosaur Sculptures

Van Andel Museum Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Yikes!! They
re Back; Dinosaur Sculptures

Posner Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Sculptures and Works on Paper

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Mardigian Library, Dearborn, Michigan
Selected Works: Mary Gillis, Karen Klein, Jennifer Reeves

1995 Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan
Regional 68, Invitational

Alexa Lee Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Gallery Artists

1994, 95, 96 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Sculptures and Paintings

1994 University of Michigan-Dearborn, Mardigian Library, Dearborn, Michigan
Contemporary American Works of Art on Paper; Mary Gillis,
Ida Applebroog, Jennifer Bartlett, Vija Celmins, Leslie Dill, Jim Dine,
Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Robert Stackhouse, Frank Stella, etc.

1993 Cilla Scott Design, Royal Oak, Michigan
Selected Works

1992, 93 R.H.Love Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois
Gallery Artists

1991, 92 Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Gallery Artists

1988, 89 Shea & Beker Gallery, New York, New York
Invitational, Works on Paper; Mary Gillis, Sol Lewitt, John Walker, etc.

1988 Germans van Eck Gallery, New York, New York
Gallery Artists; Mary Gillis, Bard Breivik, Broto, Chris Costan,
Heide Fasnacht, Jan Hafstrom, Michael Hardesty, Susan Laufer,
Donald Lipski, Clinton Storm

1988 Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
German van Eck Gallery Artists

1981 Semaphore Gallery, New York, New York
Gallery Artists

1979 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, New York
Invitational; Mary Gillis, Audry Hirsch, Bruce Brooks, Robert MacBride,
James Beatman, Norman Colp, Christian DeBoschnek,
Marjorie Orlando, Gerald Wolfe, Kunie Sugiura

1977, 78 Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
New York University Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

1978 Segno Grafico, Venice, Italy
Lithographs

1975 2719 Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Mary Gillis and Gary Barnett, Paintings

1973 Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas Texas
North Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

Pratt Manhattan Center, New York, New York
Paintings

Work in numerous international private collections and
the following Corporate Collections:

Accident Fund National Headquarters, Michigan
Agape Plastics, Inc., Michigan
Baan International, Inc., Illinois
Best Products, Virginia
Career Engine, New York
Central Wesleyan Church, Michigan
DaimlerChrysler, Michigan
Davis Polk and Wardwell, New York
DesignTech, Hamilton, Bermuda
D.P. Fox Ventures, Michigan
Dykema Gossett, Michigan
Helmstar, New York
Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Michigan
Genesys Medsports Complex, Michigan
Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan
Mayco Plastics, Inc., Michigan
McCabe & Co., New York
McDermott Will & Emery, New York
Pathfinder Resources, Michigan
Power Process Piping, Inc., Michigan
Raymond Terry & Assoc., Sussex, England
RDV Sportsplex, Florida
Standard Federal Bank, Michigan
Technimetrics, New York
The City of Grandville, Michigan
Triangle Productions, Michigan
X-Rite Inc., Michigan
Young & Rubicam Detroit, Michigan
 

Videos: Mary Gillis, Paintings and Sculptures; ten minute exhibition video;
Filmed at E III Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995.

Dinosaurs, cut and welded steel;
four minute exhibition video of dinosaur sculptures;
Filmed at Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1996

Selected Reviews and Publications:

Erickson, Ann: “Art is ‘intellectual, sensual’,” feature article, Greater Lansing Women’s Monthly Magazine, February, 2011, illustrated.

Martin, Ken: “D’art Next Door, A look at local mixed-media artists,” cover photo of Mary Gillis and feature article, Signature Magazine, December 2006/January 2007, p. 32, 33, cover, illustrated.

Breithaupt, Christy: “The Art of Politics,” feature article, Hour Detroit Magazine, November 2006, p. 41, 42, illustrated.

Swoyer, Megan: “wherefore art,” feature article, Style Magazine, p. 22, July/August, 2006, illustrated.

Essenburg, Keith; “City Council approves sculpture,” Community News,
The Grand Rapids Press, June 27, 2002, illustrated.

Holder, Robin; “Modern Minimalism at Burnaby Show,” review, Bermuda Sun,
November 23, 2001, illustrated.

Roach Quarterly, Pam, “Mary Gillis,” feature article, Preview Bermuda Magazine, Arts & Culture,
October 2001, illlustrated.

Holder, Robin, “Eclectic New Show at Burnaby Gallery,” review of paintings, Bermuda Sun,
October 19, 2001, illustrated.

“On The Arts Scene,” review of paintings at the Burnaby Gallery, Bermuda,
The Royal Gazette, October 18, 2001, illustrated.

Krissoff, Sylvia; “Interpretive Art, New sculpture at women and Children’s Center takes on various
forms,” featured article, The Grand Rapids Press, May 27, 1999, illustrated.

Krissoff, Sylvia; “Sportsplex blends athletics, medicine, art,” featured article, The Grand Rapids
Press
, Sunday Entertainment section, July 19, 1998, illustrated.

Yee, Roger; “Legal Restraint,” article about office design by Gensler for McDermott,
Will & Emery, New York; featured photograph of sculpture by Mary Gillis, Contract Design
Magazine
, May 1998.

Krissoff, Sylvia; “Regional exhibit provides bold exposure,” review of 70th annual West Michigan
Art Competition at the Muskegon Museum of Art, The Grand Rapids Press, Local A&E section,
June 23, 1998.

Provenzano, Frank; “Posner Gallery offers works that comfort us,” review of group show/gallery
artists, Detroit Free Press, Sunday Entertainment section, December 22, 1996.

Colborn, Marge; “Tree Options,” review of metal table-top trees, The Detroit News, Homestyle,
Welcome Mat section, November 30, 1996, illustrated.

Chargot, Patricia; “You can really dig dinos at these gardens,” review of Prehistoric Plants and
Other Critters exhibition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens, Detroit Free Press, YAK! section,
July 1, 1996.

Hamilton, Terry Finch; “Monster Veggies,” review of Prehistoric Plants and Other Critters
exhibition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens, The Grand Rapids Press, front page and Flair section,
June 27, 1996, illustrated.

Chesley, C.L.; “Selected Works: Mary Gillis, Karen Klein, Jennifer Reeves,” exhibition catalogue,
University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library, February 1996, illustrated.

Krissoff, Sylvia; “Design studio presents rooms with a view,” feature article, The Grand Rapids
Press
, Flair Weekend section, October 20, 1995, illustrated.

Cantu, John Carlos; “At Alexa Lee, art that rewards a 2nd glance,” review, The Ann Arbor News,
Sunday Entertainment section, August 13, 1995, illustrated.

Convissor, Kate; “Mary Gillis,” article, Grand Rapids Magazine, Preview, p. 48, August 1995,
illustrated.

Krissoff, Sylvia; “Parade home is gallery for works by area artist; Contemporary paintings are
successfully integrated into traditional interior,” feature article, The Grand Rapids Press,
Entertainment section, May 29, 1995, illustrated.

Krissoff, Sylvia; “Looks can be deceiving,” review, The Grand Rapids Press, Sunday
Entertainment section, January 29, 1995, illustrated.

DeVries, Cherilyn; “Local artist’s work communicates in many ways,” article, East Grand Rapids
Cadence, Advance Newspapers
, Entertainment section, January 11, 1995, illustrated.

Krissoff, Sylvia; “Abstractionist opens E III studio and gallery,” feature article, The Grand Rapids
Press
, Entertainment section, December 29, 1994, illustrated.

Cantu, John Carlos; “New York artist’s show ‘a purist’s delight’,” review, The Ann Arbor News,
November 27, 1994, illustrated.

Bolling, G. Fredric; “Mary Gillis, New Paintings and Sculptures,” exhibition catalogue, Alexa Lee
Gallery, November 1994, illustrated.

Bolling, G. Fredric; “Contemporary American Works of Art on Paper,” exhibition catalogue,
University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library, November 1994, illustrated.

Sculpture Commissions:

Longest Stream, 2002, polished stainless steel with concrete pedestal,
14’H x 6’W x 5’D approx., The City of Grandville, Michigan.
Exterior installation, Grandville business district. Fall 2002.

Kalamazoo, 2001, etched and painted glass, granite, water jets with fiber optic
lights, 153”H x 132”W x 132”D, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Lobby installation.

World Map, 2001, powder-coated steel, 17’H x 27’W x 4”D
Central Wesleyan Church, Holland, Michigan
Grand Hall installation.

Vessel of Life, 199, powder-coated steel, 120 x 48 x 48”
Outdoor sculpture for Women & Children’s Center;
Pathfinder Resources, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ascent to Victory, 1998, powder-coated steel, 126 x 60 x 48”
RDV Sportsplex (practice facility, etc., for Orlando Magic NBA basketball team,
WNBA team, and the Solar Bears hockey team) Orlando, Florida.
Main entrance hallway installation.

Flow Chart I, and Flow Chart II, 1997, painted aluminum wall sculptures,
32 x 96” x 4” each, Baan International, Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
Lobby installation.

Sculpture Garden IV, 1996, powder-coated steel, 66 x 27 x 24”
McDermott Will & Emery, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY. Lobby installation.

 

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