Mary Phelan was awarded the Cynthia Iliff Koehler Award for Distinguished Teaching by the University of the Arts in 2018. She was a co-founder and served as director of the MFA Book Arts + Printmaking program from 1990-99 and the coordinator for the undergraduate Fine Arts, Printmaking + Book Arts program several times. 

Her projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are part of many museum and university collections, such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, the New York Public Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Primarily working in prints and book art her work portrays the geography of loss through images exploring the transition between darkness and light. After receiving a Visiting Scholar Residency, she conducted research at the American Academy in Rome.

Phelan has regularly taught workshops including at Penland School of Craft, Women's Studio Workshop and the Artist/Teacher Institute. She has curated numerous exhibitions on contemporary book arts. She has served as a board officer and member of the American Printing History Association, the College Book Art Association, the Print Center and Second State Press.



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