Biography

Mary Vernon

Nationality: American
Dates: Born 1942
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Recent Press:
 

”Art After X” Video of Mary Vernon’s Artist Talk at Valley House Gallery
 

Education:
 

1967 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, MA in Art and Art History
1965 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, BFA in Art History
1961-1963 University of California, Berkeley, Undergraduate Study
 

 

Solo Exhibitions:
 

2015 Mary Vernon: New Paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2015 Mary Vernon: Recent Works, Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas
2012 Mary Vernon: Paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)
2009 Mary Vernon: Still Lifes and Tables, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2006 Mary Vernon: Recent Paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Mary Vernon: Recent Work, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2001 Mary Vernon: Paintings and Collage, Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas
2000 Mary Vernon: Collage, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois
2000 Mary Vernon: Color Studies for Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2000 Works by Mary Vernon, The McCormick Gallery of Midland College, Midland, Texas
1998 Mary Vernon: Pientures, Maison des Amis de Chateauneuf, Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, France
1997 Studio Gallery, Brookhaven College Center for the Arts, Dallas; Texas, Related Online Publication: The Being of Painting: Color and Form in Seven Paintings by Mary Vernon by David Newman, Director
1996 Longview Art Museum, Longview, Texas
1994 Calhoun, Cowan, and Pulley, Dallas, Texas
1993 Mary Vernon: Cars, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (catalogue published: Mary Vernon: Cars, with Samuel K. Heath)
1993 Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas
1992 Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas
1992 Western Texas College, Snyder, Texas
1988 Works on Paper, Oak Street Gallery, Denton, Texas
 

 

Group Exhibitions:
 

2016 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2015 Art in Embassies, United States Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia
2015 Menagerie, Art and the Animal Kingdom, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
2015 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2014 60th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)
2014 Masterful Marks: An Exploration of the Medium of Drawing, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2014 Summer Cut, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2014 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2014 A Way of Remembering, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2014 Pollock Gallery Exhibit: Work by the Faculty of the Division of Art, Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2013 Suitable Subjects: Contemporary Still Lifes, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
2013 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2012 Houston Fine Art Fair, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2012 Respect: Artists Invite Artists, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2012 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2011 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2011 Elemental = color / line / texture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2010 Texas Women Printmakers, Texas Women’s University, Denton, Texas, curator: Vance Wingate
2010 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2009 5x7 2009, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas
2009 Meadows Art Now, curated by Cortney Garman, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2009 Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2009 Thank You Fort Worth: An Appreciation from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2008-2009 Experiencing Perspectives, Daimler Financial Services, Fort Worth, Texas
2008 Texas Tour: 100 Years of Texas Landscape Painting, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2008 College Art Association’s 96th Annual Conference, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Dallas, Texas.
2008 Summer Show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2007 Printmaking Now, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas
2007 CADD Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Inaugural Art Fair, Three Three Three First Avenue, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2006 Kingdom Animalia: Creatures Big and Small by Artists Old and New, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2006 5x7 On The Road: Dallas, Dunn and Brown, Dallas, Texas
2006 Work by the Faculty of the Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2006 Summer Show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2006 Art Museum of the Southwest, Beaumont, Texas
2006 Shared Visions: Texas Artists Then and Now, Arlington Museum of Art, Galveston Arts Center, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
2005 Art in the Key of Green, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 Art Chicago, art fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois (Valley House Gallery)
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 Flatbed Press: Texas Grit, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
2003 Recent Work by the Faculty of the Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Pollock Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2003 Selections from the Collection of Tom Wilkinson, Franklin County Art Museum, Mount Vernon, Texas
2003 Size Does Matter: Contrasts of Scale in Contemporary Art, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Longview Museum of Fine Arts 42nd Invitational, Longview, Texas
2002 Modalities of the Visible: A Survey of Contemporary Art in North Texas, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College Center For the Arts, Farmers Branch, Texas
2002 I-45 Combined, Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, Texas
2001 Sunny Days, Starry Nights, Austin, Texas
2000 Prelude: Preliminary Studies and Unfinished Works by the Faculty of the Division of Art, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2000 World Festival of Art on Paper, Kranj, Slovenia,
2000 Postcards From All Over, IAA Center for the Arts, Irving, Texas
1999 Palette 99, Cain Center, Athens, Texas
1998 Faculty Exhibition, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1998 Madness at The MAC, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
1998 Dallas Area Art: Small Works Exhibition, Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, Texas
1998 New Painting and Sculpture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Texas Natural Wonders, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Drawings, Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, Texas
1997 A Space Time: The Fourth Dimension, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
1997 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Sue Cobb, Mary Vernon, Charlsie Mitcham, Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, Texas
1997 Faculty Exhibition, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1996 Greeting Cards and Gift Papers: Artist Designed, Lakeside Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, Texas
1996 Cobb, Mitcham, Vernon, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1996 500X Gallery, Open Show, Dallas, Texas
1996 20x20x20: A Compact Competition, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1996 Global Fax/Envelope Mail Exhibit, New York Studio Program, Brooklyn, New York
1996 Global Fax/Envelope Mail Exhibit, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts
1996 Global Fax/Envelope Mail Exhibit , Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
1995 Members Invitational, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
1995 6 X Art, 2613 Thomas Avenue, Dallas, Texas
1995 Flatbed Group Exhibition, Rachel Harris Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas
1995 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1994-1995 Contemporary American Art, Part I, Budapest and Székesfehérvár, Hungary, Related Publication: Contemporary American Artists, edited by Edit Andras and Katalin Geller, Curated by Beata Szechy
1994 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1994 Binary Ground: Contemporary Landscape and Environment, curated by Kevin Curry, Hickory Street Annex, Dallas, Texas
1994 The Eleventh Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Warehouse Living ArtsCenter, Corsicana, Texas (Juror's Award)
1994 20x20x20, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Jurors' Award)
1993 City Room Garden, University of Houston, Houston, Texas; Texas A&M College of Architecture, College Station, Texas; University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas; California College of Arts and Crafts, Arlington, Texas
1993 Art in the Metroplex, Fort Worth, Texas (Mr. & Mrs. John L. Clardy, Sr. Award)
1993 Dare: A to Z, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
1993 The First, Paul Rogers Harris and Ray Hetzel, Dallas, Texas
1993 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 Images of Nature, Martin-Rathburn Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
1992 Faculty Exhibition, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1992 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 15x15x15, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1991 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1990 Faculty Exhibition, Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas
1989 Works on Paper, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1989 The Blues, Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas
1988 Faculty Exhibition, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1988 Southern Methodist University Salon, Crescent Gallery, Dallas, Texas
 

 

Literature:
 

Kevin Kaiser, “Still Life with Landscape: The Art and Philosophy of Mary Vernon” in 2014-2015 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Marilyn Robitaille and Moumin Quazi, Co-Editors, Volume 11 (Stephenville, TX: Tarleton State University, 2014), cover and pages 142-156, Albers House, Berkeley House, Blue Sculpture in Halifax, July, Kunsthaus Garden, Landscape with Red Table, Luohan and his Attendant, Narrative, Sculpture with Video, Still Life with Author, Still Life with Dictator, Still Life with Queen, Still Life with Rock, and Table with Ancestor reproduced.
 

60th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Dallas, Texas, 2014.
 

Karel Holloway, “Back on Menu: Blue Plate Special,” The Dallas Morning News, September 20, 2014, Arts & Life section, pages 1E and 8E.
 

“Meadows Artists Add Flavor to Café 43 at The New George W. Bush Presidential Center,” MPRINT, Winter 2013-2014, page 6, Sculpture with Birds illustrated.
 

Mary Vernon: Paintings, exhibition catalogue, with interview between Larry Scholder and Mary Vernon, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Dallas, Texas, 2012.
 

“News + Events: Exhibition of Paintings by Art Professor Mary Vernon Opens on November 10,” Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, November 9, 2012. http://www.smu.edu/Meadows/NewsAndEvents/News/2012/121109-MaryVernonExhibition
 

“Mary Vernon at Valley House Gallery,” Arts + Culture Magazine: North TX, November 8, 2012. http://artsandculturentx.com/mary-vernon-at-valley-house gallery/?utm_source=Vitamin+A%2BC+North+Texas&utm_campaign=f2caf75271-November+8+2012+NTX&utm_medium=email
 

Frederick Turner, “The Eyes of Texas: Texas Art and Texas Light,” American Arts Quarterly, published by The Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center (Hastings-on-Hudson, New York), Summer 2010, Volume 27, Number 3, pages 27-33.
 

Moulin Review, Vol. 2, Spring 2010, Brookhaven college, Wardenbook page 15 reproduced on page 3.
 

“Arts & entertainment in the Corridor: Arts & Events,” Addison: The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor, Fall 2009, pages 10 and 71 Still Life with Dictator reproduced on.
 

Quin Mathews, Art Matters, WRR, September 2009.
 

“Guide Picks,” The Dallas Morning News Guide, August 28, 2009, Table With Iron Jacket and Still Life
With Rock reproduced.
 

Conversations 5: Lois Dodd / Mary Vernon, published in conjunction with the exhibition “Lois Dodd: Paintings and Drawings,” March 5 – 31, 2007, Pollock Gallery, Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
 

Bruce Felps, “Neighbors: In the ‘Wood: Mary Vernon,” Lakewood People, November 10, 2006, page 3A.
 

Mike Daniel, “Art: Last Chance,” The Dallas Morning News Guide, November 3, 2006, page 27, Study After Pisanello reproduced.
 

“Start Your Collection,” Southwest Art Magazine, April 2004, page 38, Little Hatting reproduced
 

50th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, March 5 – 27, 2004, page 22, Ansgana reproduced.
 

Mike Daniel, “Mary Vernon at Valley House,” The Dallas Morning News Guide, October 14, 2002, page 59, Maldive and State Line reproduced.
 

Meadows Museum, Assemble: Southern Methodist University Art Faculty Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Southern Methodist University, 1998.
 

Visual Exchange, Dallas Visual Art Center, Spring, 1997, Kusatsu reproduced.
 

Edit Andras and Katalin Geller, Contemporary American Artists, Curated by Beata Szechy, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc.,Study (The Green Man), reproduced.
 

Jay Sullivan, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University Research, Volume 3, 1996, inside back cover, Milkweed reproduced.
 

Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University Division of Art Faculty Exhibition, 1995, postcard set, Dictionary reproduced.
 

Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University Division of Art Faculty Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Southern Methodist University, 1994.
 

Faculty in Art, Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, 1990, p. 11, Hermes and Dionysos, reproduced.
 

 

Video:
 

Eric Miller, “Mary Vernon at Valley House,” Art After X: Triumphant People, Extraordinary Art, March 29, 2015. Available from http://www.artafterx.com/mary-vernon/
 

 

Book Covers, Illustrations, and Artist’s Books:
 

2009 Rocks, limited edition.
2008 The Warden Book, limited edition.
2008 MV Recent Works, limited edition.
2007 Tool for Self Analysis, limited edition.
2007 Animals and Almaty, limited edition.
2007 I Said Hello, limited edition.
2001 Compact Disc Cover – John Butcher, Phil Durrant, and Peggy Lee, Intentions, Nuscope Recordings CD 1011 (Santa Theresa and Little City), cover.
1997 Compact Disc Cover -- Guy, Dick, Raine-Reusch, Gudire, Nuscope Recordings CD 1003 (46 and 44; Mesa), cover.
1996 Compact Disc Cover - Canvas Trio, 16 Moments, Music and Arts CD-999 (Quadrants), cover.
1995 Compact Disc Cover -- Crispell, Guy, and Hemingway, Cascades, du Maurier, International Jazz Festival, Vancouver (View at Nice), cover.
1991 The Dallas Institute's The America Papers, cover.
1990 Barbara Anderson's First Fieldwork, cover.
1990 James Hillman, Anima: An Anatomy of a Personified Notion, Adelphi Edizon, Japanese edition.
1989 Greg Mogenson's God as Trauma, cover.
1989 Charles Boer's translation of Ovid's Metamorphosis, cover and chapter headings.
1989 James Hillman, Anatomia du una nozione personificata, Adelphi Edizon, Italian edition.
1988 Willelm Heinrich Roscher and James Hillman's Pan and the Nightmare, cover.
1987 Gaston Bachelard's On Poetic Reverie And Imagination, cover.
1987 Linda Fierz-David's translation of The Dream of Poliphilo: The Soul in Love, cover.
1987 Nor Hall's Those Women, cover.
1985 Drawings in James Hillman's Anima: An Anatomy of a Personified Notion, Spring Publications.
1983 Russell Lockhart's Words as Eggs, cover.
1983 Murray Stein's In Midlife, cover.
 

 

Professional Experience:
 

2006-Present Professor of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1991-2001 Contributing Faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute
1987-2006 Associate Professor of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
1995 Appointed to the Contributing Faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California
1987-1995 Chair, Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
1981-1987 Partner, Vernon Associates, Dallas, Texas
1979-1981 Chair, Division of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1967-1979 Faculty, Department of Art and Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
 

 

Research Grants, Awards,and Fellowships:
 

2006 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2005-2006 Judge, Heitt Prize in the Humanities, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
2004 Provost’s Grant in Instructional Technology, Dallas, Texas
2003 United States, Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, American Artists Abroad Program: Visiting Art, Santiago Chile
2001 Provost’s Grant (Rockefeller Brothers Foundation) for Teaching Technology
2001 HOPE Professor Award
2000 Meadows School of the Arts Faculty Research Grant, Preparation for Exhibition at Evanston Art Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1998-1999 Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1998 Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award
1997 Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Faculty Research Leave and Grant, Dallas, Texas
1994 Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Research Grant, Flatbed Press, Dallas, Texas
1981 “M” Award, for service to the University, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1982 Became a Fellow of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
Essays in collections published by the DIHC include:
The Color Red
Hestia (also in The Olympians, Continuum Publishing, New York, 1996)
Fixing Upon the Dark
Artists' Angels
The Virtuous Have Neighbors
Beauty as Theft
1978 National Endowment for the Humanities Director’s Grant for Research and Teaching
1974 Outstanding Professor Award, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
 

 

Community Service:
 

2011 Division of Art Curriculum Committee, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2009-Present Meadows School of the Arts, Academic Policies Committee, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2006 Meadows School of the Arts, Ad Hoc Committee on Governance, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2006 Chair, Bookstore Committee of the Faculty Senate
2003-Present Academic Advisory Board, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2002-2003 President, Town and Gown Club of Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2001 Advisory Board, Herrin House, Dallas, Texas
2000-2003 Executive Committee, Town and Gown Club of Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1999 American Airlines Tate Academic Summit Planning Group
1997-1999 Advisory Board, Talented and Gifted Magnet at Townview High School
1995-1996 President, Faculty Senate of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1995 Advisory Board, Pollock Gallery, Division of Art, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1994-1995 WishboneTM Educational Advisory Board
1993-1994 Advisory Board, DARE Lecture Series
1993 Advisory Board, The Texas Biennial
1992-1995 Board of Directors, National Council of Art Administrators
1992-1995 Advisory Board, The Women's Center of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
1992-1994 Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
1991 Advisory Board, Highland Park Arts
1990-1996 Dallas Area Rapid Transit Art and Design Program, Dallas, Texas
1990-1993 Advisory Committee, Artreach
1990 Board of Directors, Contemporary Culture, Inc.
1989-1992 Public Art Committee, City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission, Dallas, Texas
1987-1990 Advisory Board, Arts Magnet High School
1987-1990 Board of Directors, Craft Guild of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
1987-1990 Advisory Board, The Assemblage
1987-1990 Advisory Board, L'Architecture et Les Arts Décoratifs Francais
1987-1990 Advisory Committee, The Landmark Program
1987-1989 Art In Public Places Committee, City of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
1986 Dallas Police Association Police Memorial Committee, Dallas, Texas
1986 Arts District Foundation Visual Arts Advisory Panel
1985-1988 Board of Directors, Arts District Friends, Dallas, Texas
1982-1983 Programs for Irving Community Television
1980-1983 Trustee, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
1977 Utilities Committee, City of Flower Mound
1977 Commentator, KERA Radio and Television, Dallas, Texas
1975-1977 Treasurer and Firefighter, Volunteer Firefighters of Flower Mound

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