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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Mary K. Connelly

Visual Arts Department

Mary K. Connelly is an Associate Professor and Area Head of Painting/Drawing and Illustration in the Department of Visual Arts at CAM. She received her master of fine arts in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington. The artist has been featured in fourteen one-person shows over the past sixteen years, most notably in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Ms. Connelly’s work has appeared in many prestigious invitational exhibitions: at the Salmagundi Club in New York, the SFMOMA Artists Gallery in San Francisco and at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, California. Her work has won numerous awards and honors; Mary was an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France for a two-month fellowship while on sabbatical in spring 2010.

Connelly was appointed a faculty fellow at the CU Denver Center for Faculty Development (CFD) serving from 2012-2014. She continues to curate faculty solo exhibitions at CFD each semester displayed in the center’s offices in the Lawrence Street Center. Her pursuit of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) began in 2005 with her collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Wolf, CU Denver Director of Assessment; she co-authored two papers with Dr. Wolf on rubrics which were published in the Teaching Artist Journal and The Journal of Effective Teaching. She was also selected by the director of CFD to be one of six featured professors from across the Denver campus in the national online video teaching project, Elixr Merlot. Connelly has presented papers on rubrics and assessment at national and international conferences, such as the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) conference, and at the biennial conference of Foundations in Art, Theory and Education (FATE).

Over the last eight years Connelly’s work has been primarily oil on wood panel, highly influenced by the interiors of Hopper, Bonnard and Vermeer. Her intimate, small-scale paintings are a distillation of perception and memory, a space for mediation where color and light convey a world psychologically and spiritually charged. Silent narratives run through her empty interior spaces. Whether drenched in light, or a darkened alcove, they suggest a story already unfolded, or yet to unfold. Mary K. Connelly is represented by First Street Gallery in New York and is preparing for her third one-person show with the gallery slated for May 2016.

To see the artist’s creative work, visit her website:​.