Mary Chang was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn where she currently resides.
Mary attended the School of Visual Arts and worked with Master printers Sheila Marbain and Shelia Goloborotko.
There was a pause in her work as a painter from the mid 1970’s to the late 1990’s. She spent this time raising her family and focusing on another passion of hers ,the theater. In the mid 1980’s Mary began to study theater, perform and travel. Her theater experience includes: La Mama Experimental Theater in New York, and touring Italy as part of the technical crew on Fragments of a Greek Trilogy, directed by Andrei Serban. She was part of an ensemble group of four American actors and four Swiss actors who developed and co-wrote a play titled In-Ter-View which toured throughout New York area and Switzerland, directed by Walter Riedweg of the Werktheater of Basel Switzerland. Mary was part of the Immigrant’s Theater Project directed Marcy Arlin where she co-wrote the play Immigration Office, The ensemble performed throughout New York area.. She worked with director Amir Naderi on his first American film, Manhattan by Numbers shown at New Directors Film Festival (MoMA/Lincoln Center). Mary continues her love for theatre and recently in 2018-2019 worked with writer ,director Maya Milenovic Workman in Dos Worlds and Ophelia Continuum,
She recently collaborated with filmmaker,composer,writer and director Rane Parish on Shen Tak, a short film honoring her father.
In April 2019 Mary directed her first staged reading of the play Paging Dr. Faustus at Five Myles Gallery.
Mary studied theater in New York with acting coach Anthony Abeson/mentor, Ada Brown Mather , Carol Rosenfeld of HB Studios, The Barrow Group, and Linklater coach Bobby Troka.
“My experience in theater and art has been an exploration leading me to discover that the line of distance between my process in theater and art are one in the same. My tools interchange; I create and build the work bringing the foundation of learned technique and spontaneity into my working practice.”
In 1999 Mary returned to painting , invited to exhibited by friend and mentor Onnie MIllar artist /educator, as part of an exhibition titled “The Tree” at The Skylight Gallery in New York. Here she exhibited “Doors”, her series of 3 hundred-year old aged doors that had been scraped, pulling back layers of paint leaving residue from the years gone by and painting on both sides of the doors in conversation with the remaining layers of paint and markings from the past. Her work has since 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 1 of thirteen (selected) artists who created Goloborotko’s 20th Anniversary Edition Portfolio in 2009, which is part of the permanent collection of the Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo Museu SP, Pinacoteca do Estado Museu de São Paulo de Arte Contemporânea .
Mary’s recent exhibition “A New York State of Mind:Stories From The Unusual Suspects, curated by Elise Tak and exhibited at De Cacaofabriek, in The Netherlands September 2018 introduces 14 independent American Artist from the United States and their Unique stories.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2018 A NewYork State Of Mind: Stories From The Unusual Suspects, De Cacao Fabreik, The Netherlands
2017 Guerillas in the Midst, Five Myles 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)
MEDIA COVERAGE REVIEWS
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