About the :
Mary V. Marsh was born in Portland, Oregon and has been working in libraries and making art in the Bay Area since 1982. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. She has exhibited in many venues in the Bay Area and makes unique and small edition artist’s books under Quite Contrary Press.
Mary V. Marsh’s work looks at daily life activities, the quotidian moments, their patterns. Drawing people and scenes during her routine, and integrating them with journal entries, books, and library artifacts, she considers the intersection of media, consumption and personal habits.
Solo Exhibitions 2012 Just Waiting for You to Look Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2010 Everyone Needs a Story Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2009 Everyday Readers: new artist book and prints Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2008 Reading History: reconstructed books Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2007 Reading, Not Reading, Coffee and Theories: Arthur Huang and Mary V. Marsh
Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Reading America: book constructions by Mary V. Marsh S.F. Public Library, Skylight
Gallery and Book Bay Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.
2005 The coffee diary Bayennale. Cuppa Cabana & Arizmendi, Emeryville, CA.
2004 reading/viewing Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA.
digesting the political as personal Bedford Gallery Window Project, Walnut Creek.
2001 people consuming: the daily news Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.
1998 Mary V. Marsh: Daily Drawings San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.
Mary V. Marsh- Paintings Award Show, Smith Gallery, U. C. Santa Cruz, CA.
1996 The comfort shapes of desire & control San Francisco Art Commission, S.F, CA.
1995-98 comfort & control stencil, spraypaint in newspaper boxes, free postcard racks, S.F. and N.Y.C.
1991 The Days of Our Times Installation, San Francisco Art Institute Cafe, SF, CA.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Mercury Rising Mercury 20, Oakland, CA.
The Art of the Book Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA.
2010 Unbound : A National Exhibition of Book Art Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
The Message and the Medium University Library Gallery, Sonoma State University.
2009 Elemental Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Diet for a Small Office curated by Sarah Klein, Rhodes & Fletcher, SF, CA.
The Beautiful Book: Exploring the Allure of Artist Books 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.,
Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO.
2008 Art of Democracy: War and Empire Meridian Gallery, SF, CA.
Banned and Recovered: artists respond to censorship AAMLO, Oakland, CA.
The Art of the Book Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA.
2007 Big Bang Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Gathering: assemblage, collage and in-between Oakland Museum at City Center.
Commons: The Second Wednesday Salon Thoreau Center, SF, CA.
2006 99? Show, Boontling Gallery, Oakland. CA.
The Virus Show LoBot Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2004 Reversing Vandalism San Francisco Public Library, CA.
Rustic BUILD, San Francisco, CA.
MOBILIVRE – BOOKMOBILE traveling book show, Canada, U.S.
2003 Mybrary BUILD, San Francisco, CA
The Big Tree Project Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
2002 “National Juried Exhibition” Juror’s Award, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA.
“Post Postcard 6” Southern Exposure Gallery, SF, CA.
2001 Think Again annual juried exhibition, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF, CA
Post Postcard 5 and Monster Drawing Rally Southern Exposure Gallery, SF, CA
2000 Group Show Steffany Martz Gallery, New York, NY.
1999 Post Postcard 4 four walls, San Francisco, CA.
1998 “tri •alogue” Space 743, San Francisco, CA.
“Word for Word” Benicia Public Library, Benicia, CA.
“Post Postcard III” four walls, San Francisco, CA.
1997 “Art for the Holidays” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
1996 card catalog project Ann Hamilton, Ann Chamberlain, San Francisco Public Library.
“After these Messages” S.F. State, Student Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
“Cooking the World” Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA.
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California 1990-1992 M.F.A.
Academy of Art College, San Francisco, California 1982-1985 B.F.A.
Juror’s Award, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 2002.
“Exemplary Contemporary” Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 1997.
S.F.A.I. Anne Bremer Memorial Library Artists' Book Contest, 1991.
Anthony Award, University of Puget Sound, Kittridge Gallery, 1975.
Alameda County purchase, 2008, County Recorder’s Office
Otis College of Art & Design
Anne Bremer Memorial Library, SFAI
UCLA Arts Library
San Jose State University, King Library, Special Collections
and many other University Library collections around the country
“Don’t Miss” Mary Eisenhart, 96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 20-23, 2009
“Banned and Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship” DeWitt Cheng, Artillery, Nov/Dec 2008
“Picks” DeWitt Cheng, East Bay Express, May 14-20, 2008
“Picks : Visual Art”, Huston, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 30-May 6, 2008
“Lost and Found” Kelly Vance, East Bay Express, August 8-14, 2007.
“Brain Food: Local Events & Exhibits” Thy Tran, bay area bites.com, March 18, 2007, August 4, 2007.
“Mary V. Marsh and Toru Sugita at the Berkeley Art Center” Marisa S. Olson, Artweek, February 2005.
“West Gallery to be toast of the town” Monique Beeler, The Oakland Tribune, February 2, 2001.
Cover, Nob Hill Gazette, October 2000.
“Mary V. Marsh at the San Jose Museum of Art” Terri Cohn, Artweek, May 1998.
“New at the San Jose Museum of Art” Catherine Maclay, San Jose Mercury News, February 22, 1998.
"Risky Assemblage", Salli McQuaid, ArtistWriter, January 1994.
STAMPZINE 1997, 1998. ART/LIFE, May 1983, May 1987.
Artweek, photo-caption, July 27, 1985.
Kala Artist in Residence, 2011-present
Artist Committee, San Francisco Art Institute, 2003-2005. Artifacts: history of an archive, 2004.
City College of San Francisco, Library Exhibitions, Works of Art Committee, 2000-present. Art Guide, 2006.
“The Art of Altered Books” panel, San Francisco Public Library, 2004.
The Second Wednesday Salon, 1996-2007.
Art Libraries Society, Northern California Chapter, 1997-present
Berkeley Art Center, National Juried Exhibition, panel discussion, 2002.
“Art as a Daily Habit,” lecture, San Jose Museum of Art, 1998.
Panel discussion for “Cooking the World” Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, 1996.
Thinking about daily life activities, the quotidian moments, I look for meaning in their patterns. Drawing people and scenes on my daily routine, I integrate these with journal entries, books and artifacts collected from my work life to look at the intersection of media, consumption and personal habits.