MARKERS is a series of new works by Mary Beth Magyar on view at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts May 17 – June 24, 2021. Mary’s ceramic sculptures will take over the Art Center’s gallery space with their animated forms and dynamic surfaces created using the traditional ceramic technique, Sgraffito.
“I’m basing this new work on the idea of how zebras us their markings to protect themselves in their herds. I’m curious about this dynamic in our culture of using others to protect yourself/blend in or hide. This weird sort of hiding in plain sight with the dynamic of social media etc. what you present and how you hide within that larger group.” – Mary Beth Magyar
Describe your work in 15 word or less
What/Who influences your work and why?
My work is influenced by the organic forms and colors of nature. I spend a fair amount of time exploring the outdoors and often draw inspiration from relationships or questions I bring back from my adventures.
Tell us a little bit about your evolution as an artist or in other words, your Artist Origin Story
I was born and raised mostly in California but have lived all over the country. I received a painting degree from Michigan State University. After college, I worked for Graphicstudio in
Tampa, Florida and produced relief sculptures for Richard Anuskiewicz and Robert Stackhouse. In Virginia, I took classes with Carlton Newton, William Bennett, and was one of three founding members of the artists cooperative, Bozart. I started a family in 2000 and my professional life went dormant. In 2014, after a move to Minnesota I restarted my art career. I currently reside in Rochester. My work and inspiration are primarily drawn from the environment and my relationship with it.
Learn more about how Mary Beth rebuilt her art career after raising her family on the Artist/Mother podcast
What do you enjoy outside of working in your studio?
My fun is usually on a bike; I have a bike for pretty much whatever surface there is…I also like to walk my dog, hike, camp, paddleboard, ski, surf (mostly falling) and after being outside for awhile I like a really great art museum with a cookie and a coffee at the end of the day.
Drink: Usually coffee, but a RumRunner if I’m looking at an ocean.
Pattern: polka dots.
Join us for an IN PERSON public reception and free printmaking activity on June 24th!
The Visual Arts Exhibition series is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.