Whereabouts at Epiphany Center for the Arts
Mary Jones

The Sacristy Gallery

Oct 21, 2022 to Nov 25, 2022

I walk. I find the story in the walk. I consider the shape of the walk and how it shapes me, my thinking, my socialness. And then I map out the wilderness of that space, layering drawings, writing and ephemera gathered along the way. These are cartographic collages, yet the figure dominates. Who are these people who embody the mood of my walks? They are both rambler and scribe, seeker and storyteller. Feelings are worn on their exteriors. I am interested in how the act of mapping out the space of a walk embodies the particularities of perspective – visual, cultural and emotional. Describing a place tells us not only where but also who we are.

a language of holes

'a language of holes' is a reading by Michaela Mullin (ASL interpreted), with an accompanying visual installation of the text by Mary Jones. This reading of prose poems will be active and interpretive, locating gaps, pauses, and not-so-empty 'empty' spaces. In this performance, oral and manual gestures will emerge to grasp at and grasp holes through sound, sight, sign, and--with Jones' typographical shape-shifting mobiles--design. Support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Presentation June 11, 2022 at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines

Small Show at Hofheimer

For the third year, I've had work in this 15" and under show at Hofheimer Gallery in Chicago. I am honored to be in the company of these outstanding mostly Chicago artists!

The Map Room

THE MAP ROOM is an exhibit of Mary Jones' mixed-media maps and books based on walking, looking, and remembering. The artworks layer photos, drawings, writings, and gathered scraps in accordance with the mixed messages conveyed by the urban landscape. Most walks were solitary, taking place in Des Moines, Chicago, Urbana, and Galesburg, Illinois.

The exhibit includes collaged paintings on paper, panel, and raw canvas, as well as artists' books. A collaborative book with poet Michaela Mullin documents the journey of dementia through the experience of a caregiver.

Like most maps, the priorities of the mapmaker are evident. These works represent not where we are but who we are in a particular time and place.

First Friday Preview June 4, 5-7 pm

Reception June 18, 5-7 pm

The Map Room will be on view through July 23.

Moberg Gallery
2411 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Tu-F 10-5
Sat 10-4
Or by appointment

This Must be the Place

Borzello Gallery, Knox College
February 23 – March 31, 2021
Mary Jones shows prints and mixed media paintings
including work produced during residency 2020

Artist interview available for the length of the exhibit

Knox News Article Details Residency
Rural Arts & Culture Summit

I will be giving my presentation Topophilia: Creating a Sense of Belonging at the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Grand Rapids, MN, October 3-5, 2019

Solar Impressions

Pleased to be accepted into the upcoming Solar Impressions exhibit to be held at the Southampton Art Center in New York November and December 2019. I Walk Down Division Hot and Cool is one of the two pieces I will have in the show. Much as I love making solarplate intaglio prints, they are high stakes in terms of failed plates. Division is actually pieces of six different proofs collaged together. Printmaking taught me the art and attitude of repurposing. For that I am grateful. I am also grateful to Inspiration Plus for the flexibility in their entry requirements.

Work featured in The Iowa Review Spring 2019

Recent work is featured on the covers and in an insert in Vol 49, Issue 1 of The Iowa Review. 

Coddiwompling at Tory Folliard

Coddiwompling means purposeful wandering, sometimes no place in particular. March and April 2019 find me in Milwaukee for a one-person show at Tory Folliard Gallery. the work on display includes 10 new pieces from 2019.