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Mary Chang was born in Manhattan and raised in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, where she currently lives. She attended the School of Visual Arts and has worked with Master printers Sheila Marbain and Shelia Goloborotko.

There was a pause in her work as a painter from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s while she raised her family and focused on another passion of hers, the theater, studying in New York with acting coach/mentor, Anthony Abeson; acting coaches Ada Brown Mather and Carol Rosenfeld of HB Studios; Linklater coach Bobby Troka; and at The Barrow Group. 

Her theater and film experience now includes La Mama Experimental Theater in New York as part of the technical crew on Fragments of a Greek Trilogy, directed by Andrei Serban (toured in Italy); an ensemble group of four American actors and four Swiss actors who developed and co-wrote the play Ter-Viewwhich toured in New York and Switzerland, directed by Walter Riedweg of the Werktheater of Basel Switzerland; the Immigrant’s Theater Project, directed by Marcy Arlin, where she co-wrote the play Immigration Office, an ensemble which performed throughout New York; Manhattan by Numbers shown at New Directors Film Festival (MoMA/Lincoln Center), the first American film by the director Amir Naderi; Dos Worlds, written and directed by Maya Milenovic Workman (2018-2019); and Shen Tak, a short film honoring her father, collaborating with filmmaker, composer, writer, and director Rane Parish. In April 2019, Mary directed her first staged reading of the play Paging Doctor Faustusat FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn.

Mary returned to painting in 1999, invited by friend and mentor Onnie Millar to be part of the exhibition “The Tree” at The Skylight Gallery in New York. Here she exhibited “Doors,” a series of three-hundred-year-old doors that had been scraped, pulling back layers of paint while leaving residue from the past, creating a conversation with the remaining layers of paint and markings from years gone by. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Robert Lehman Gallery at Urban Glass, as well as various galleries and cultural centers throughout the New York tri-state area, Massachusetts, and Brazil. She is also one of thirteen artists selected to create Goloborotko’s 20th Anniversary Edition Portfolio in 2009, as part of the permanent collection of the Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo Museu SP, Pinacoteca do Estado Museu de São Paulo de Arte Contemporânea.

Mary recently exhibited in “A New York State of Mind: Stories From The Unusual Suspects,” curated by Elise Tak at De Cacaofabriek in The Netherlands September 2018, introducing fourteen independent American artists from the United States and their unique stories.






2015     Gowanas Open Studio Mary Chang, Brooklyn, NY

2015     Abstraction Mary Chang, St Joseph's College, Brooklyn NY

2010     Atelier Mary Chang, Works On Paper, Brooklyn NY

2008     Mary Chang, JB Kline & Son, Lambertville, NJ

2008     Indasa Gallery, New York City

2007     Interchange - Clinton Hill Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



2018     A New York State of Mind: Stories from The Unusual Suspects, De Cacao Fabreik, The Netherlands

2017     Guerillas in the Midst, FiveMyles Gallery 2017   

2016     Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

2016     Gowanas Art Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2015     Fatteliku-Collective Memory, Issyra Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

2013     Momentum, St Joseph College, Council for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2013     Sonya Artist Select Fab Fridays, Brooklyn, NY

2013     Bearden 100, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2013     Represent Brooklyn, The Rising Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012     Sonya Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2011     Made In Brooklyn, The Hanson Gallery, Honesdale,PA.

2011     Mary Chang MONOTYPES  2005 – 2011, Sonya Open Studio 2011 Brooklyn, NY

2011     Pfizer, Corporation, New York, NY

2010     Word Up, Saint Joseph College, Council for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2010     Art Bazaar @The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY

2010     Rock, Paper, Scissors, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010     ARTCURIAN, Artist speaking For The Spirits, Brooklyn, NY

2010     Pony Express, Modesto Art Museum, Modesto, CA.

2010     The Green Scene, Wendell Free Library, Wendell MA

2010     Graphias Casa da Gravura, Sao Paolo, BR

             Goloborotko's Studio 20th Anniversary Edition and Additional Prints by Portfolio Artists

2010     Goloborotko’s Studio 20 anos, Galeria Gravura Brasiieria, Sao Paolo, BR

2009     Espaco Atelier, Projeto 12x14 Sao Paolo, BR

2009     A Book About Death, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

2009     Visual Rhythm, Classon Walls, Brooklyn, NY

2009     Dorsey Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009     Sonya Stroll, Brooklyn, NY

2008     Double Take, Mary Benson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2008     Dorsey Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2007     Artoffthemain, The Puck, New York, New York

2007     Goloborotko’s Studio DUMBO ARTS, Brooklyn, NY

2006     Artoffthemain, The Puck, New York, New York

2006     The Gift of Art, Pittsfield Cultural Center   , Pittsfield, MA

2006     Collaborations, The Salon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006     Trash – Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

2006     Sonya Stroll, Brooklyn, NY

2006     Clinton Hill Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006     Neighborhood Diva’s, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005     Project Diversity Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2005     Brooklyn Reborn, Simon Liu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005     Eleven Ten Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2004     SONYA - Robert Lehman Gallery, SONYA @Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

2004     I Am, Atelier Gallery, New York, NY

2000     Dear Mistress Satta Gallery, Brooklyn, N Y

1999     The Tree, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, N Y



2009     Goloborotko's Studio 20th Anniversary Edition, Suite of thirteen Prints, Edition of 40, Published by Goloborotko’s Studio, New York,              NY (Prologue by Lori Anderson Moseman)




2018     Interviews from Yale University Radio WYBCX Museum of Nonvisible Art  

             Mary Chang by Brainard Carey

2016     Mary Chang’s timeless art and theater career- Kollaboration.                                                       

2016     Mary Chang Washington Project for the Art  - About Mary

2007     Caribbean Life Clinton Hill Gallery features painter Mary Chang pg.70 2/14/2007

2009     Goloborotko’s 20th Anniversary Edition catalog pg.32

2011     Blog: The Local (The New York Times) Living Arts: Mary Chang by Pamella R. Allen

2010     Blog: Charlotte Mouquin Art Adventures Affordable Art Fair in Review

             It was a pleasure to be walking through the exhibition space located at 7 W 34th St to visit the

             Affordable Art Fair

2010     Blog: Charlotte Mouquin Art Adventures

             The Affordable Art Fair is in Town! Visit Mary Chang!

2009     Blog: The Local (The New York Times) - Art of the Stroll: Fire on Silk

2005     NY1: Brooklyn Art Project Brings Culture, Diversity Together

             Culture and diversity come together in Brooklyn, where both are on display as part of a

             unique art project.



  • Pony Express 2010, Modesto Art Museum, Modesto, CA

  • Archives, A Book About Death, 2010 MUBE, São Paulo BR

  • Permanent collection: Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo Museu SP, Pinacoteca do Estado Museu de São Paulo de Arte Contemporânea / Goloborotko’s Studio 20th Anniversary Edition





  • Painting, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

  • Drawing, Cooper Union, New York, NY

  • Monotypes, Maurel Studios, New York, NY

  • Printmaking, Goloborotko’s Studio, Brooklyn, NY





      Teaching Artist Program New York, NY

      Community Word-Project                                                                      October 2016 – May 2017



  • Teaching for English Language Learners, Holly Fairbank and Chris Anest

  • Teaching in Nontraditional Spaces, Karla Robinson

  • Devising Original Theater for the Classroom, Marcus Johnson, Opening Act

  • Effective Teaching Strategies through Dance, Kelly Buwalda, National Dance Institute

  • Roots, Routes and Rhymes, City Lore

  • Exploring Ekphrasis, Typography and Expressive Handwriting, Teachers & Writers Collaborative

  • Inclusion Practices in the Visual Arts, Marquis Studios

  • Teaching for Social Justice, Patti Chilsen and Karla Robinson

  • Teaching Afterschool, Wingspan Arts


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