Mary Zeran - 10 Years

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MARY ZERAN 10 Years

Ce d a r R ap i d s M u s eu m of A r t Au g u st 2 9, 2 020 - J a nua r y 3, 2021



C R M A

S T A T E M E N T

In 2020, local artist Mary Zeran will have been working as a professional artist for 10 years. Given the CRMA’s rich history of presenting the art of local artists—especially when they’ve achieved a certain milestone or completed a specific new body of work—the idea of displaying a 10-year retrospective of Zeran’s work during the CRMA’s 125th anniversary year seems fitting. One of the very few local artists to have spent her entire painting career working abstractly, Zeran’s work will challenge viewers to see her subtle but significant evolution over the course of the past 10 years. Constantly exploring, Zeran has crafted different methods of mark-making to accompany her evolution in palette and scale. The exhibition will not only trace the trajectory of her career, it will also include a site-specific installation created especially for this exhibition. — Kate Kunau


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Things that happen randomly or by accident...The idea of layers and transparency...Our ability to examine things up close...To work collaboratively with a material...Not forcing an outcome...Being present to the experience...Being in the Moment...

These pieces evolve over time. I paint on polyester film, cut out shapes, and then re-arrange them. The final interaction with the object’s shape is spontaneous and collaborative. Working this way gives me the chance to be responsive to the random things that happen, to tap into my internal rhythms and way of being.

— Mary Zeran


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Mary Zeran grew up in a family of women artists. Textiles, embroidery, and woodcarving, were their visual language. Abstracted shapes and forms were their words. Each time Zeran picks up a brush or scissors, she immerses herself in the language of her family. As she abstracts flowers, trees, and all the colors of nature, she speaks her mother tongue. This language brings her closer to her family’s traditions, histories, and stories. Zeran’s collage work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, SOIL Gallery in Seattle, and Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition, her work is in several public and private collections as well as many corporate collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids; the U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids; Grafix Corporation, Cleveland; and United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids and Los Angeles. Zeran is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received an Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Residency, and a 2% for the Arts Purchase Prize from the Visual Arts Commission in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mary Zeran was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1964. She received her B.F.A and M.F.A from University of Iowa in Metalworking under Chunghi Choo. She currently lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


That Pink Line 2010 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 8 x 8 x 2 inches


Possessing As I Do 2011 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 12 x 12 x 2 inches


We Must Cultivate Our Garden 2011 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 12 x 24 x 2 inches


The Impulse to Make the Past Simpler 2012 Acrylic on panel 32 x 40 inches


Quirky Progress 2012 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 40 x 40 x 2 inches


Japanese Overlay 2013 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 33 x 45 x 2 inches


Forces of Nature #4 2013 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 15 x 12 inches


Geometrocizing the Landscape 2013 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 24 x 36 x 2 inches


The Beauty of it All #2 2014 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 20 x 16 inches


Gentle 2015 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 20 x 16 inches


It Was So Warm 2015 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 30 x 22 inches


Lake Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda 2016 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 24 x 36 x 2 inches


Orange Swoosh 2017 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 30 x 22 inches


Periwinkle Plaid 2017 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 30 x 22 inches


Everything is Indefinite 2018 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 20 x 16 inches


Same River Twice 2018 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on paper 30 x 30 inches


Keeping the Bubble Happy 2019 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel 24 x 36 x 2 inches


Weighing It Out 2019 Acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradeled panel 48 x 30 x 2 inches


Going Against the Pattern 2020 Acrylic, Dura-Lar, plastic clothes pins, thumb tacks, 3M adhesive 9 x 19 x 5 feet







MARY ZERAN CV EDUCATION 1992 Professional Development, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1991 M.F.A. The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1988 B.F.A. The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2021 Happy Zone, Art Center Burlington, Burlington, IA 2020 Mission Happiness, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA Mary Zeran: 10 Years, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2019 Keeping the Bubble Happy, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA 2018 Loud and Proud, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA Beauty Seeker, Gilded Pear Pop Up Gallery, US Bank, Iowa City, IA 2017 A Rainbow Colored Dream, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA Lumpy Swoosh, Higher Art Gallery, Traverse City, MI 2016 KACHOW!, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA 2015 Full Throttle Color, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA 2014 La Tierra de Mi Corazรณn, New Work by Mary Zeran, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA JUICY! Black Hawk College, Moline, IL Living With Forces of Nature: All Things Beautiful, Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, IA 2013 Mary Zeran: Made In Many Different Ways, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA 2012 Mary Zeran Art Extravaganza, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA Small Branch, Maquoketa Arts Experience, Maquoketa, IA 2011 Rivers, Clouds, and Wind, Cole Library, Cornell College, Mt Vernon, IA The Best of all Possible Worlds, The University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, IA 1998 Ascension, SOIL, Seattle, WA 1997 The Source of it All, SOIL, Seattle, WA Treads and Threads, Public Safety Building Plaza, Seattle, WA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 Up All Night, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, curator Kate Kunau DUMA Biennial, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA, curator Sarah Humphreville, Senior Curatorial Assistant at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Into the Blue, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, curator Kate Kunau 2018 Beyond the Prairie: Midwestern Art from the Collection, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, curator Kate Kunau 2016 Funkytown, Urbano, Berkely, CA, curator Kimberly Rowe, 17 person exhibition Summer Invitational, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, twenty person exhibit 2015 The Iowa Artists Purchase Exhibition, EMC , Des Moines, IA, seven person exhibit Pushed, Pulled, Shaped: Work that Reflects the Artists Spirit and Environment, Best Chicago Properties, Chicago, IL, three person exhibit Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, curator Kate Kunau 2014 Spaces We Inhabit: Sculptures and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Emily Rutledge and Mary Zeran, Hairpin Arts Center, Logan Square, Chicago, IL, three person exhibit 2014-2011 Drips and Daubs: Painters Zeran and Tollefson Explore Nature, Art Guild of Burlington, Burlington, IA, Maquoketa Art Experience, Maquoketa, IA, Lowe Art Center, Marion, IA, Simpson College, Indianola, IA 2013 Contemporary Expressionism-The Creative Spirit, The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, San Diego, CA, curator Derrick Cartwright Some Assembly Required: Collage and Assemblage, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, curator Sean Ulmer Three Person Exhibit, Art in the Airport, Quad City Airport, Rock Island, IL 2012 Lure of the Local, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, curator Sean Ulmer 2011 What to Dip, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand 1999 Here/ There, COCA, Seattle, WA 1998 Sutures and Other Handiwork, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA Crossing the Border, Fisher Gallery and Annex, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, curator Steven Michael Vroom 1997 C.A.R.B.O, Artspace Gallery, Seattle, WA 1994 All That Is Solid Melts into Air‌All that is Sacred is Profaned, Metropolis Gallery, Seattle, WA


1993 Off Course: Artist Installed 18 Hole Miniature Golf, COCA, Seattle, WA Pacific Northwest Annual Exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, curator Susan Biskeborn Personal Views in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA 1992 Silver: New Forms and Expressions, Fortunoff, New York, NY 1991 Chunghi Choo with Former and Present Students, Waterloo Museum of Art, Waterloo, IA 1990 Galeria Mesa National Metals Invitational, Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ 1990-1989 Silver: New Forms and Expressions, Fortunoff, New York, NY, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA, The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN 1989 Divine Line, Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ 1988 The Wichita National All Media Crafts Exhibit, The Wichita Art Association, Wichita, KS 1986 Hanukkah and Other Jewish Lights, The Jewish Quarter, Beverly Hills, CA CORPORATE COLLECTIONS AND AWARDS US Cellular Center, 2% for the Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA Canal One, Boston, MA Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA EMC, one of 7 artists selected for 2015 Sixth Biennial Art EMC Program, Des Moines, IA First Bancorp, Southern Pines, NC Grafix Corporate Collection, Cleveland, OH Grant Thorton, Chicago, IL Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Human Services Building, Cedar Rapids, IA Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA Kirkwood Community College, Coralville, IA McCarter & English in Boston. Manion, Gaynor & Manning, Miami, FL Marion Arts Council, Marion, IA Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA People’s United, Boston, MA The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Raining Rose Corporate Collection, Cedar Rapids, IA Reliant Medical Group, Westborough, MA School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty, Cedar Rapids, IA The Fallon Companies, Boston, MA The University of Iowa Hospitals, The University of Iowa, Iowa City IA Southeast Iowa Community College, West Burlington, IA


BIBLIOGRAPHY Mary Zeran Opens First Solo Show at Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sept 10, 2020 “Advise and Select”, Ann Landi, Vasari21, July 29, 2018 “Art and Life with Mary Zeran”, Boston Voyager, July 2018 “Boston City Guide”, The Boston Arts & Culture Weekly Review, July 30, 2018 “Culture Crawl 316 , Really Flat Sculptures”, by Dennis Green, Jazz 88.3 KCCK Culture Crawl, Posted: Thursday10:10 AM, Dec 5, 2018 “Eastern Iowa Health Center Holds Grand Opening Celebration”, by Samantha Myers, KCRG-TV9, Posted: Thursday 8:56 PM, Oct 27, 2016, Updated: Thu 10:17 PM, Oct 27, 2016 “Eastern Iowa Health Center Undergoes Renovation”, by KCRG-TV9 Staff, Posted: Thursday 9:18 PM, Oct 13, 2016 “Assembling An Artful Home”, Katie Mills Giorgio, The Gazette, April 24, 2016 “Full Throttle Color”, Culture Crawl, Cedar Rapids, IA, December 3, 2015 “Full Throttle Color”, Hoopla, Cedar Rapids, IA, December 3, 2015 “Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth” The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA, July 21, 2015 “Artist Mary Zeran Set to Unveil Latest Collage”, RCreader, Quad City, IA, November 19, 2014 “Mary Zeran at Luther College”, Christopher Byrne, Kolaj Magazine, Montreal, Canada, April 22, 2014 “All Things Beautiful: Mixed Media Collages by Mary Zeran on display April 2 - May 25, Decorah Newspapers, Decorah, IA, April 1, 2014 “The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art-Some Assembly Required Collage and Assemblage”, The Daily Palette, Iowa City, IA, January 20, 2014 “Farnham to Showcase Work of Dena Tollefson and Mary Zeran”, Simpson College News Center, Indianola, IA, January 17, 2014 “Some Assembly Required At Cedar Rapids Museum of Art”, Kolaj Magazine, Montreal, Canada, October 19, 2013 “Have You Met…Mary Zeran?” Stephen B. MacInnis, Painter’s Progress Blog, October 13, 2013 “Paint the Music!”, Operahhh! Newlsetter of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA, December 2012 “Note-Worthy Art, Artist Mary Zeran ‘Paints the Music’ ”, Michael Bierne, Cedar Rapids NE Life, Cedar Rapids, IA, December 2012 “Painters Dena Tollefson and Mary Zeran”, Art Talks with Bruce Carter WVIK Augustana College, 90.3FM Rock Island, Rock Island, IL June 3, 2012 Cover of The National Poetry Review, Los Angeles, CA, 2012 “Artist Mary Zeran “Small Branch: New Collage”, River Cities’ Reader, Dubuque, IA, February 17, 2012 “Dribs and Daubs: Painters Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson Explore Nature”, River Cities’ Reader, Dubuque, IA, September 22, 2011 “Whole Lotta Yellow!”, Elizabeth Sheppell, Elizabeth Sheppell Art Blog, Atlanta, GA, March 4, 2012 “Candide Program”, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2011 “Singin Songs of Springtime,” Bobby Wilson, The Hawkeye, Burlington, IA, April 17 2011 “The Best of,” Katie Mills Giorgio, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA, April 9, 2011 “Mary Zeran”, Lorraine Glessner, Oh What A World, What a World, April 13, 2011 “Here and There’ at COCA,” Frances DeVuono, Artweek, Seattle, WA, September 1999 “Crossing the Border: Art and Fiber,” Jill Connor, wetSOFA, New York, NY, Sept/Oct 1999 “Sound Alternatives in Seattle,” Susan Platt, Art Papers, Seattle, WA, March/ April 1998 “Mary Zeran and Alex Emmons,” Jill Connor, The Art Examiner, New York, NY, September 1997 “Through the Eye of the Needle,” Soyon Im, Eastsideweek, Kirkwood, WA, August 27, 1997 “Sutures ad Other Handwork,” Diane Wright, The Herald, Kirkwood, WA, August 15, 1997 “Digging in Deeper, “ Greg Burkman, Art Access, Seattle, WA, March 1997 “A New Alternative”, L.R.A, REFLEX, Seattle, WA, March/April, 1994


“Miniature Golf Exhibit is a Hole-In–Wonder”, Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle, WA, 1993 “Annual Bellevue Art Museum Show Reveals Exceptional New Voices”, Regina Hackett Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle, WA, July 24, 1993 “Choo and Students: Waterloo Show”, Eliot Nusbaum, The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA 1992 “Visions, Concepts, Communication”, David La Plantz, Jewelry/ Metalwork Survey, 1991 “Silver New Forms and Expression”, Janet Koplos, Metalsmith, Spring 1990 “Discover the UI Museum-an Abundance of Artistic Wealth”, Steve Cruse, The Daily Iowan, Iowa City, IA 1989 “Students Go For Gold With Silver”, Kanchalee Svetvilas, Iowa Press Citizen, Iowa City, IA, October 19, 1989 “Galeria Mesa Offers a Divine Line”, Evelyn Cooper, Arizona Republic, Mesa, AZ, September 15, 1989 “Modern Art Meets Ancient Tradition”, The Iowa Scene, Iowa City, IA, December 1986 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2020 ArtBites Gallery Talk, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2020 PJ Storytime, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2018 Gallery Talk, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA 2016 Gallery Talk, Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA 2015 Gallery Talk, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2014 Golden Artist Educator Certification, New Berlin, NY 2014 Gallery Talk, Farnham Gallery, Simpson College, Indianola, IA 2013 Artist Talk, Marvin Cone Club, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2013 Visiting Artist, Clinton Community College, Clinton, IA 2012 Gallery Talk, Maquoketa Arts Experience, Maquoketa, IA 2012 Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Artist in Residence 2012 Gallery Talk, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2012 Gallery Talk, Art Bites, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 2010 Visiting Artist, Creative Connections, Cedar Rapids Museums of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA 1998 Visiting Artist, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA 1997 Visiting Artist, Cornish School of the Arts, Seattle, WA 1997 Visiting Artist, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1997 Co-founding Member, Soil, Seattle, WA 1992 Artist in Residence, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR 1991 Teaching Assistant, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


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