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 Mary Ryan Orwen  (1913 - 2005)

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Mary Ryan Orwen (American, 1913-2005)

Born in New York City, August 11, 1913; died in Rochester, NY, October 9, 2005.


1937: University of Florence, Florence, Italy: Fresco and Oil Painting. 1937: New School, New York, NY, Oil Painting and Printing. 1935-37: Art Students League, New York, NY, Painting. 1932-35: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA: BA Degree.


2002: Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. 2001: Gary Snyder Fine Art, NY, New York ‘Abstract Expressionists.’ 1999: David Findlay Jr. Gallery, NY, New York ‘Women Abstractors.’ 1996-98: Oxford Gallery; 1995 Oxford Gallery & Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. 1994: Memorial Art Gallery & Center at High Falls, Rochester, NY. 1993: Lederer Gallery, State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY. 1992: American Red Cross, Rochester, NY. 1991: Arts for Greater Rochester, Rochester, NY (solo); Collections Show, Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, DC; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY (Arena Group). 1989: U.S. State Department, Art in Embassies Program, Warsaw, Poland. 1988: Atrium Gallery, Rochester, NY. 1987: 'All Creatures Show,' Village Gate, Rochester, NY; Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY; Collections Show, Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C. 1984-85: Art Center, Old Lyme, CT. 1979: Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY (two-person). 1978: Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, DC (solo). 1976: State University of NY at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (two-person). 1974: Oxford Gallery, Rochester NY (two-person). 1979: Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. 1970: 'Twenty Years of Washington Art,' Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD. 1968: Mount Holyoke Alumnae Show, Berkshire Hotel, New York, NY; 'Four New Faculty Members,' Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. 1967: Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC (solo). 1964: Western New York Show, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; U.S. State Department, Art in Embassies Program. 1962: Bethany Collage, Bethany, WV (solo). 1960: Alumnae Painters, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. 1959: Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC (solo–photograph in Art News, October, 1959); U.S.I.A. Traveling Exhibition in Europe (Vienna, Greece, six stops in Germany & Austria). 1957: Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC (Gallery's first solo exhibition). 1956: Bader Gallery, Washington, DC; National Collection of Fine Arts, Society of Washington Artists, Washington, DC; Corcoran Gallery Annual, Barnett Aden Gallery, Washington, DC. 1955: Corcoran Annual. 1952: Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Annual, Smithsonian Institution. 1951: Corcoran Annual. 1950: Dupont Theatre, Washington, DC (first solo exhibition). 1949: 'Artists of Tomorrow', Whyte Gallery, Washington, DC; Corcoran Annual. 1942: Museum of Non-Objective Painting [Guggenheim], New York, NY; 1941: Mount Holyoke College, Traveling Exhibition of Non-Objectives from Guggenheim Museum (exhibit and lecture).

Professional  Experience:

1981: Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, Lecture on Expressionist Tendencies in Egyptian Art. 1973-80: State University of NY at Geneseo, Faculty, Painting & Design. 1966-83: Creative Workshop, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, Faculty, Painting & Design. 1962-68 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, Faculty, Design and Workshops. 1961-62: Bethany College, Bethany, WV, Faculty Painting and Design. 1957: Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC. 1953-54: American University (Art Department), Washington, DC, Faculty, Painting. 1952-59: Mount Vernon Seminary, Washington, DC, Faculty, Painting. 1943-47: US War Dept, Intelligence (Economic Analyst).


1964: Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Western NY Show: Decorator's Award; US State Department, Art in Embassies Program, Oil Painting. 1959: USIA Traveling Show in Europe (Two Years–Vienna, Greece, and six stops in Germany and Austria), Oil Painting. 1956: Society of Washington Artists 64th Annual: Second Prize in Painting. 1951: Corcoran Gallery of Art: Drawing Prize. 1950: Dupont Theatre, Washington, DC, Solo Show (from First Prize at Whyte Gallery in 1949). 1949: Whyte Gallery, Artists of Tomorrow Show: First Prize; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Fourth Annual Area Exhibition, Third Prize in Painting. 1941-42: Solomon R. Guggenheim Gallery, New York, NY; Two (Yearly) Scholarships for Non-Objective Painting.

Works in many collections, including Guggenheim Museum, Phillips Collection, and Watkins Galleries. Three works in the Guggenheim Museum, 1999.

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Information provided by long-time collector and friend of the late artist, Douglas W. Howard

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