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Mary Shea is an accomplished painter and printmaker.  Her training in art includes an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati, a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and study at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and the Yale Summer School of Music and Art. Mary often combines her love of drawing with her response to color by working with pastels, allowing her to draw and paint at the same time.  She enjoys mixing media, is more drawn to paper than canvas, and like many artists she admires, tends toward the intimate in both subject matter and scale.

Her teaching experience spans twenty years, and includes teaching university undergraduate and graduate students as well as numerous community education classes and workshops. She exhibits often, and her work is in public and private collections throughout the U.S.



  • MFA in Drawing, University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture and Art
  • BFA in Painting and Sculpture, Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
  • Yale Summer School of Music and Art

Teaching Experience

  • University of Cincinnati
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Daniel Smith Seattle Store
  • Miller Community Center, Seattle

Subjects Taught

  • Drawing – Basic, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Oil Painting – Basic, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Life Drawing
  • Life Painting
  • Printmaking – Monotype, Collagraph, Relief
  • Color Theory
  • Color Drawing


  • Honorary Senior, University of Cincinnati, DAAP
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Cincinnati, DAAP
  • Yale University School of Art Ellen Battel Stoeckle Scholarhip

Workshops and Residencies

  • Bo Bartlett painting workshop Seattle spring 2007
  • Graham Nickson Drawing Marathon, New York Studio School fall 2010 and 2011
  • Bruce Gagnier Sculpture Marathon, New York Studio School summer 2013 and 2015
  • International Center for the Arts Residency, Italy summer 2018 and 2019

Selected Exhibits

Solo Shows

September 2018   Living Grammar, ArtForma Gallery, Seattle, WA
November 2017 Prints, The Coop, Goshen, KY
June 2017 Flower Show, Aloha House Gallery, Seattle, WA
March 2014 Drawings and Paintings, Community Artists Program Art in the Windows, Seattle, WA
June 2011 Airports, Frame Central Gallery, Seattle, WA
June 2010 Arrivals and Departures, Daniel Smith Gallery, Seattle, WA
May 2009 The Garden, Veteran’s Administration Center, Seattle, WA
March 2009 Paintings, River Café, Seattle, WA
August, 2008 Recent Paintings, Starbucks, Olive Way, Seattle, WA
May, 2006 Paintings and Drawings, Von Korff Gallery, Seattle, WA
December, 2003 Drawings, Paintings and Prints, private residence, Seattle, WA
November, 2001 Paintings and Drawings, Revolutions Gallery, Seattle, WA
December, 2000 Paintings, Revolutions Gallery, Seattle, WA
February, 1999 Portraits, Glo’s, Seattle, WA
May, 1996 Figure Drawings, Lusty Lady Gallery, Seattle, WA
January, 1994 Works on Paper, Heart to Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
June, 1991 Art in the Windows, C.A.G.E Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
June, 1989 Monotypes, Piedmont Gallery, Augusta, KY
January, 1986 City Pictures, Commission on the Arts Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Group Shows

June 2018 Resident Artists’ Exhibition, International Center for the Arts, Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy
March 2014 New Works by Gallery Artists, Lancaster Consulting Showroom, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
May 2012 Around the Square Studio, 103 Gallery, Seattle, WA
August 2011 Group Print Exhibit, Sev Shoon Studios, Seattle, WA
June 2011 XPX Print Show, Pike Street Press, Seattle, WA
June 2010 Print Studio Show, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
April, 2008 Spring Pastel Show, Daniel Smith Gallery, Seattle, WA
March, 2008 Unclad: The Fine Art of the Figure, Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, Stanwood, WA
June, 2007 Alumni and Student Show, Gage Academy, Seattle, WA
August, 1997 New Artists, White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
May, 1995 Annual Erotic Art Show, (1st prize) Lusty Lady Seattle, WA
January, 1991 Faculty Art Show, University of Cincinnati Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
November, 1990 Fine Art and Design Invitational, Studio San Guiseppi, Cincinnati, OH
February, 1990 Faculty Art Show, Art Academy of Cincinnati Chidlaw Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
November, 1987 Prints and Drawings, Carnegie Art Center, Covington, KY


BASIC DRAWING taught by Mary Shea 

8 Week Class starts October 5, 2023 Thursdays 10 am -12:30 pm

In person at Seattle Artist League 516 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108


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