Mary K. Connelly
Associate Professor and Visual Artist Mary K. Connelly's work, Interiors, is exhibited at the Van Straaten Gallery, Denver, December 10, 2009 - January 16, 2010.
Mary K. Connelly's work, Topophila, is exhibited at the Morris Grave Museum of Art January 14 - March 8, 2009.
Topophlia, inspired by the book, The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, is a series of smallscale interiors that convey an intimate sense of “love of place”, recalling Bachelard’s notion that “the house is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.” The concept of place stirs powerful emotions; place can be sacred, personal, universal, and culturally significant. Connelly explains, “My paintings are a distillation of perception and memory, where color and light convey a world sychologically and spiritually charged; interior space is presented as a chamber for mediation, evoking memories or daydreams of a beloved solitary place.”
Mary K. Connelly's work, Sense of Place, was exhibited at the Charleston Heights Art Center, located at 800 S. Brush Street, Las Vegas, NV October 17- December 27, 2008
Connelly’s work for this exhibition was inspired by the book, The Poetics of Space. This current body of work is a series of small paintings of room interiors that convey an intimate sense of “love of place.” This work has come about through the belief or appreciation of Bachelard’s notion that “the house is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.” In the work, interior space is presented as a chamber for mediation, evoking memories or daydreams of a beloved solitary place. As home, the interior is fraught with conflicting feelings of entrapment and private repose.
Connelly has been teaching and is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Denver since 2002 where she has been the head of the Painting and Drawing Department. She received her Master’s in Fine Arts in Painting from Indiana University, located in Bloomington, Indiana in 2000. She has had 10, one-person exhibitions over the past 13 years and has been in numerous group exhibitions including work exhibited at the First Street Gallery and Fountainhead galleries in New York, the Woman-Made Gallery in Chicago, Denver International Airport Art Exhibitions Program and The Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver.
The exhibit was presented by the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs.
Assistant Professor and visual artist Mary K. Connelly's exhibition "Interiors and Still Places" was housed at the San Francisco MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ARTISTS GALLERY from January 9-February 1.
Connelly writes, “My recent series of paintings, Interiors & Still Places, are a study of the domestic interior where the familiar notion of ‘ home’ is fraught with conflicting feelings of entrapment and private repose. The images are created by a distillation of perception and memory, allowing color and light to convey a world psychologically and spiritually charged. Architectural space serves as a formal and conceptual device to establish boundaries and duality between the interior and exterior worlds. The interior is also a metaphor for my ruminating mind, preoccupied by nostalgia, longing, and loss. In re-presenting a space imbued with intimacy and emptiness, my intention is to offer the viewer a still moment for meditation and contemplation.”
Born in 1961, Mary K. Connelly was raised in Belleville, New Jersey. Graduating with a BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983, she received her MFA in Painting at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2000. Connelly was recently awarded “First Place” in the 10th International Open 2007 at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago--she will have a solo show at the gallery in March 2008. Future shows also include solo exhibitions at The San Luis Obispo Art Center in California and the Charleston Heights Art Center in Las Vegas. The artist currently resides in Denver and is an Assistant Professor and Area Head of Painting and Drawing at the University of Colorado Denver.
To see more of Mary's work, please visit www.maryconnelly.com or www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CAM/faculty/va/maryconnelly/
Photo above of Mary Connelly: Clinton T. Sander, photographer and alumnus of UC Denver.