Mary Snowden (born 1940) is an American painter and educator. She is known for works that use humor to explore issues of feminist identity and consumerism.[1]

Mary Snowden
Born1940 (age 83–84)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
EducationBrown University,
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation(s)Painter, educator
AwardsSECA Art Award (1974)

Early life and education edit

Snowden was born in 1940 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.[2][3][4] She received a BA degree from Brown University, and a MFA degree from the University of California, Berkeley.[1]

Career edit

Snowden is perhaps best known for her works about the suburbs and motherhood.[5] Starting in the mid-1990s Snowden's paintings utilized 1940s and 1950s advertising imagery, focusing on the products, images, and fashions of the era to humorously critique limitations in cultural ideas about gender and homemaking.[3][6] Around 2010, she started used stitching to depict rural farm life.[7][8]

Snowden was the first female artist to win the SECA Art Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1974.[9] Snowden is Professor Emeritus of Painting Drawing at the California College of the Arts.[10]

Snowden's notable past exhibitions have been at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1975), Gallery Henoch (1991), and the Braunstein/Quay Gallery (1997).[11] Her work is in museum collections including the Kemper Art Museum,[12] Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,[13] di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art,[14] among others.

References edit

  1. ^ a b Selz, Peter (January 9, 2006). Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond. University of California Press. p. 124. ISBN 9780520240520.
  2. ^ Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Issue 14. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois Press. 1969. p. 66.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ a b Johnstone, Mark (November 2002). Epicenter: San Francisco Bay Area Art Now. Chronicle Books. p. 230-231. ISBN 9780811835411. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  4. ^ Selz, Peter; Landauer, Susan (2006-01-09). Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond. University of California Press. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-520-24052-0.
  5. ^ Turner, Cheri Louise. "Mary Snowden". Art Ltd. Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ Baker, Kenneth (2002-02-23). "Arneson's small studies lead to 'Big Idea' show". SFGATE. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
  7. ^ "BRAUNSTEIN/QUAY". Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Artist Profile: Mary Snowden, Art about the Farm". HuffPost. 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
  9. ^ Gass, Alison (December 2011). Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The Seca Awards. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. p. 51. ISBN 978-0918471895.
  10. ^ "Mary Snowden". CCA. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Mary Snowden". artnet. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Mary Snowden". Kemper Art Museum. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
  13. ^ "Mary Snowden". FAMSF. 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
  14. ^ "Mary Snowden". di Rosa. 2020-08-26. Retrieved 2022-02-03.