Mary Black - Encaustic Artist - Mixed Media
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Mary Black: About the Artist 

5290 Vine Hill Road • Sebastopol, California 95472 • 707/823-5261


  • 1998  MFA - Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
  • 1995 BFA, cum laude, distinction, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
    Longwood College, VA
    Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA


  • 2010  Palette Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
  • 2009  Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg, CA
  • 2008 Arc Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
  • 2005  Panov Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2003  Quicksilver Mine Company, Sebastopol, CA
  • 2002  The Gallery at R & F, Kingston, New York
  • 2002  Kaneko Gallery, American River College, Sacramento, CA
  • 2002  Ventura College, "Between the Seeing and the Doing", Ventura, CA
  • 2001  University YWCA, Berkeley, CA
  • 2000  Gallery 76, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA



  • Palette Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
  • Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA , Works in Wax 
  • Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, N.C . 225 Degrees F.  Encaustic Encounters
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Lie to the Eye:  Encaustic Expressions
  • Berkeley Art Center, ARTiFACTS: works by Mary Black, Kirk Crippens, Linda Race
  • The Gallery of Sea and Heaven, Santa Rosa, CA , Abstract Show


  • Berkeley Art Center, Members Show, Finalist


  • Encaustic Works 2007, Juror Joan Snyder, Catalog, Traveling show, Gallery at   R&F/Watermark Cargo Gallery, Kingston, New York: Ball State University’s Atrium Gallery
  • 24th Annual National Competition, Works on Paper, Berkeley Art Center, Jurors:  Dr. Peter
  • Selz, Nancy Buchanan 


  • O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA West Cost Encaustic Artists  
  • Impulse, National Encaustic Show,  Portland Art Center, Portland, Oregon, Jurors:  Jef Gunn, Elise Wagner
  • Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Anniversary Show 
  • Evolving Art Gallery, Vallejo Jury Show, Juror Terri Cohn, Curator, Writer, Faculty SanFrancisco Art Inst., U C Berkeley
  • Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, Oil + Wax Chapter & Verse
  • Sonoma Valley Museum, Sonoma, CA, “Wet Paint”


  • Museum of Contemporary Art at the LBC Invitational Art Auction


  • Sonoma State University 25th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition
  • Anne Bradford Gallery  Healdsburg, CA
  • Exploding Head Gallery, Mixed Media Exhibition, Sacramento, CA
  • Sonoma Valley Museum of Art  Sonoma Creates, A Juried Exhibition
  • DiRosa Art Preserve  ART:Nature Catalog, Invitational Art Audtion


  • DiRosa Art Preserve  Director's Cut - Catalog, Invitational Art Auction
  • Sonoma Museum of Visual Art Immaterial World: Three Artists
  • Pacific Union College  Angwin, CA  Enkaustikos, Two person show
  • Quicksilver Mine Company  Sebastopol, CA Fusings, Encaustic Painting Group Show


  • Korean Cultural Center  DIS-EMBODY, Los Angeles, CA


  • Angels Gate Cultural Center  On Site at the Gate: All About Abstraction, San Pedro, CA
  • Gallery Route One Point Reyes, California, January Juried Show
  • Rogue Community College  Grants Pass, OR Celebrate Northwest Women 2001, Catalog
  • Sonoma State University University Art Gallery,  California "Art from the Heart”


  • California Museum of Art  Santa Rosa, California California Small Works
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts  Sebastopol, California Inspiration and Image
  • Nicolet College Rhinelander, Wisconsin Northern National Juried Art Competition
  • Marin County Fair  San Rafael, California Fine Arts Competition
  • Matrix Arts International 2000  Sacramento, CA Women Consumed, Women Consuming
  • Mesh Gallery  Sebastopol, California 42 Frames, Invitational Show
  • Galeria Tonantzin San Juan Bautista, CA  9th Annual Images of the Virgin


  • California Small Works, SMOVA, Santa Rosa, California
  • "Bold Expressions", 44th Annual International Open Exhibition, Northern California Arts
  • Third Annual Competition, Artists' Alliance of California, Tahoe Art Center, California
  • California Works, California State Fair, Sacramento, California
  • Selected Works, Marin County Fair, San Rafael, California
  • Art on the Move, Healdsburg, California
  • Art is Figurative - A Juried Competition, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California
  • Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Second Annual Silent Auction, Santa Rosa, California
  • "All Media" National Juried Event, Chico Art Center, Chico, California
  • Faces of Woman, Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Las Vegas Arts Council, New Mexico
  • January Juried Show, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, California


  • Animals and People; People and Animals, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
  • MFA Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco


  • Spring Show, Walter McLean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco


  • California Small Works, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, California
  • Bay Area Emerging Artists, The Messenger and the Message, NAACP, Legal Defense Fund/Youth Awareness Media Symposium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF


  • Openings: The Spiritual in Art, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California
  • California Small Works, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, California
  • Women Creating, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, California


  • Print Show, Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida



  • Merit Award, Inspiration and Image, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California
  • Second Place, Cash Award, Fine Arts Competition, Marin Fair, San Rafael, California
  • International Chair Prize Cash Award, Women Consumed, Women Consuming, Matrix Arts International 2000, Sacramento, California


  • Award of Excellence, Cash Award, 44th Annual International Open Exhibition, Northern California Arts, Carmichael, California
  • Award of Merit, Cash Award, California Works, California State Fair, Sacramento
  • Jurors Distinguished 2D, Best of Show, Cash Award, Marin County Fair, California
  • Jurors Cash Award, "All Media" National Juried Event, Chico Art Center, Chico


  • Best of Show, Animals and People; People and Animals, Sebastopol Center


  • Wine Label, Eric Kent Wine Cellars, 2005 Russian River Chardonnay
  • Advisory Board, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Teacher, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
  • Visiting Artist/Workshop Instructor, R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, New York
  • Guest Lecture, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
  • Co-Curator, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, 4th Annual Silent Art Auction, Santa Rosa, California
  • Guest Lecture, Gallery 76, Wenatchee Valley College Campus, Wenatchee, WA
  • Guest Lecture, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
  • Guest Lecture, Ventura College, Ventura, CA
  • Guest Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Teaching Workshops: Encaustic Painting, Mixed Media, Abstract Painting
  • Visiting Artist, San Francisco Art Institute Extension Program
  • Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Curatorial Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute MFA Exhibition
  • Professional Juror, Art Competitions, California
  • Teacher - Kids Art Camp, Sonoma Community Center


  • East Bay Express, Artifacts:  The Art of Mary Black…..De Witt Cheng, 9/8/2008
  • West County Gazette, Artist Profile, March – April 2008
  • California Homes, August 2007, page 117, James Marzo, “A Country Cottage”
  • Chronogram, Backbone, Lucid Dreaming, Matter and Memory, by Beth Elaine Wilson, January 2003
  • Catskill Mountain Region Guide, ARTSPACE, by Sue Stovall, The Gallery at R&F (page 12) December 2002
  • Art of Northern California, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA - Featured Artist
  • Art in America, 2002 Guide
  • ARTMUSE Sonoma Museum of Visual Art May 2002, "Abstract Gestures" review by Juan Rodrigues
  • Press Democrat May 2002, "Look Again Art Has Many Layers" by Debra Bass
  • ARTWEEK April 2002, Preview, "Immaterial World: Three Artists from the Slide Registry" by Debra Koppman
  • Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Culture, Review
  • Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Q Section Cover Story - SSU Art Auction Offers Love for Sale
  • Los Angeles Weekly - All About Abstraction, Angels Gate, San Pedro, CA
  • Ventura College Press - Review
  • The Sonoma Community Center News & Reviews, Sonoma, CA
  • Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County Newsletter, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Enterprise-Record, Chico, CA
  • Sonoma West Times & News, Sebastopol, CA