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Mary Earley

 (1900 - 1992)
Mary Earley was active/lived in New York, Illinois.  Mary Earley is known for painting, post office mural.

Mary Earley

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Mary Earley, 1900-1992

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young girl Mary moved with her family to Chicago. After two years of college in the East, she went to New York City and attended the Art Students League, where she studied with painters Kenneth Hays Miller and Kimon Nicolaides and mural painter William Palmer.

Earley traveled to Italy to study frescoes by the Italian masters and mosaics in Pompeii; she also visited Mexico, touring Mayan ruins and seeing the work of Orozco and Rivera. She made several trips to Cuba.

In 1934 she and her husband built a house in Woodstock. She joined the Sawkill Group, and she had a one-woman show there in 1937.

In 1939, she won a 48-states mural painting competition sponsored by the Federal Works Agency. She was commissioned to install her mural, Down-Rent-War, around 1845, in the Delhi, NY post office, where it can still be viewed.

She was a member of WAA, serving on its Executive Committee in 1940.

Included in exhibition "Directions of American Painting" at the Carnegie Institute in 1941, her work was also shown in other museums around the United States.

Her mural designs were exhibited at the Whitney Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Mary Earley, Overlooked: Woodstock Women Artists, Web, 2017

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About  Mary Earley

Born:  1900 - St. Louis, Missouri
Died:   1992
Known for:  painting, post office mural