Mary Wheeler

Mary Wheeler
Forest Hills, NY
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Collage, Sculpture
K-12 Schools, After School Program, College/University
Urbane Development; Lower East Side Print Shop 2009 Open Studio Exhibition; Lower East Side Print Shop 2008 Small Prints Exhibition; Gallery B-Damas, Osaka Japan 2005 Small Prints Exhibition; Gallery B-Damas, Osaka, Japan 2004 Small Prints Exhibition; Yakake Museum, Yakake, Japan 2004 Made in China/Made in New York; the Muban Foudation, China, and the National Arts Club, NY, 2003 Vibrations; Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, 2004 New York Society of Etchers; Miskolc Museum of Art, Hungary, and the National Arts Club, NY 2002

Studio in a School; Long Term Program Residency, K-5, 2001-2011 Studio in a School; Special Programs Residency, 1st grade 2011 Flushing Council on Culture in the Arts, Flushing, NY; Artist in Residence, K-7,1993-2000 Briarcliff College; instructor of drawing 1976 University of Illinois; instructor of painting and drawing 1972-74, teaching assistant
Creating art in a group setting is both stimulating and comforting. The support one gets from fellow artists allows an individual the freedom to experiment, take risks, and develop their individual "voice". A teaching artist has the experience of having developed their own discipline and so can guide the learning process with a step-by-step program that builds skills and confidence. My own work combines observation and memory. I believe it is important to develop the ability to observe closely and, simultaneously, to think deeply about ones relationship to nature and the world around us. The most important goal in my teaching has been encouraging the confidence it takes to make choices that result in personal expression.