Mary Weidner is a figurative artist whose work explores life’s passages. Depictions of nature in all its forms; human, organic and biological, serve to symbolize individual experiences while translating them into universal realities. The images are also informed by myths, icons, beliefs and rituals spanning time from the pre-historic to the present.
Weidner’s work has been shown in New York at the Katherina Rich-Perlow, George Billis, Henry Street Settlement and A.I.R. galleries; in Chicago at The Art Center, Esther-Saks and Deson-Saunders galleries; in Los Angeles at the Koslow Rayl Gallery; and in other cities throughout the U.S. including Washington, St. Louis, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Portland, San Diego and Pittsburgh. Internationally Weidner has received travel grants to study in Spain, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Central America, and China; and she has participated in exhibitions and residencies at the Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery in Hungary; the Museo Hosio in Italy; the Pozan Academy of Fine Arts in Poland; and the Nagoya-Zokie College of Art and Design and the Aichi Prefectural Museum in Japan. Both the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Heinz foundation have awarded her grants. She has lectured widely, most recently at “Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering Conference at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2017, her work was shown in “Time Will Tell” Coburn Gallery, Ashland University, Ashland, OH, “Now” Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, “Undefinable: Women’s Health in America” at the Evanston Art Center just north of Chicago, and she had a two-person show “When a Tree Falls” at the Tomayko Gallery, Point Park University, Pittsburgh.
Weidner is a Professor of Art Emerita from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, where she taught drawing, painting and concept courses at all levels for 37 years. As just the second woman to ever be granted tenure in the School of Art, she held the College of Fine Arts Henry Hornbostel Award for Teaching, served as Chair of the Drawing, Painting, Printmedia and Photography Area several times, and remains one of only two women to have raised children while maintaining her professorship and showing her work. Washington University in St. Louis granted Ms. Weidner her BFA and MFA degrees, as well as the Milliken Traveling Fellowship to Mexico.