Mary Sullivan

723 McKee Street

State College, PA 16803

Ph 814 308 8634 Cell 917 361 3148

I have been working in paper since the early 1980s when I first discovered the seductive qualities of pulp made from cotton rag and Japanese gampi. During the intervening years I spent most of my time perfecting the methods of making high quality paper using a range of Western and Eastern papermaking techniques. Paper I made was used in paper products, bookmaking projects, paper crafts and artist’s paper that incorporated cotton linters, paint pigments, plant fibers, dyes and other materials. ‘Leftovers’ became my signature and my method. In recent exhibitions I explored the sculptural qualities of paper pulp using a layering technique of formed sheets of paper that followed the contours of the female body. Expressive and symbolic elements are suggested through the use of embedded materials and paper sculpting methods. Recent works have involved pulp spraying to create very large sheets of translucent paper made from abaca, which I have used in the installation Wood Meets Paper with the wood sculptor, Boris Curatolo.


2014        Inside Out. Eisenhower Building, Penn State University, October 7-Dec 20. [16 pieces]

Four Women Perspectives. Theater for the New City, New York, Sept 8 - 26. [9 pieces]

The Art Alliance: Annual Member’s Show: Member’s Show.

2013        Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art Gala, Penn State University. [ I commissioned piece]

Celebrating 45 years, The Art Alliance: HUB-Robeson Gallery, Feb 14-April 21: Juried Show

2012        The Art Alliance: The Figurative Exhibition, March 16-25.  Awarded first place: Past Portrait

The Art Alliance: Annual Member’s Show, May 18-27: Awarded first place: Hell-met.

2011        Artists of Six. Pleiades Gallery, New York, Sept 12 - 23. [6 pieces]

Castleton Selects. Castleton Project Event Space, Castleton, NY. June 11 – Aug 20. [1 piece]

2009        Dual-Artist Residency and exhibition (with installation artist Graeme Sullivan), Lock-Up Cultural Center, Newcastle, Australia, August 10 – 30.

Wood Meets Paper: South Korea. Installation in collaboration with Boris Curatolo. Seoul Olympic Museum, Korea

2008        Wood Meets Paper: Spain. installation in collaboration with Boris Curatolo. Gallery 1, Centro Villa de Mostoles, Madrid, Spain

2006        Wood Meets Paper. Two-person show. Pearl Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2005        Street-Paper-Works. Two-person show, May 20 – 29, Pearl Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2004        Paper Explorations. Angiola Churchill, Hugo Ortega, Mary Sullivan. Macy Gallery, Teachers College.

2002        Streetworks. Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia. Two-person show, April 22 – May 3.

9/11 Postcards, Women: Small Works. Group shows. Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia.

2000        A Silent Auction of Postcard Art. Y2KAOS; Landescape. Group Shows. Dieu Donne PaperMill, New York.


Guest Lectures/Papermaking Workshops

2011-14  Workshops: Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. State College.

2011        Workshops at DeKalb University, IL; Moravian College, PA; Corcoran College of Art and Design, DC.: LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

2007        Intro to Papermaking, Explorations in Paper, Wood meets Paper. Pearl Street Gallery

Workshop with Special needs students. New Rochelle Elementary School, Connecticut.

2004-14 Workshops for course: Material and Methods: Secondary.  School of Visual Arts, NY

2005        Workshop. Art-Literacy: Teachers College, Columbia, University, NY.

2002 -12 Workshops for various courses: Teachers College, Columbia, NY.

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