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MARY PHELAN

The University of the Arts
Professor Emerita 
MFA Book Arts & Printmaking Program 
Fine Arts, Expanded Drawing & Print Media

 

EDUCATION
University of Wisconsin, Madison. MA, Printmaking, 1980
College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York. BS, Art Education, 1975

Advanced Study

1991
Rare Book School, Columbia University
Type, Lettering and Calligraphy 1400-1800's with James Mosley,
Librarian, St. Bride's Library, London

1988
Rare Book School, Columbia University
History of the Book with Peter van Wingen and Alice Schreyer,
Head Librarian, Library of Congress and Librarian, University of Delaware

 

TEACHING

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Professor Emerita 2021

Associate Professor, MFA Book Arts & Printmaking Program & Fine Arts, Expanded Drawing & Print Media, 1995-2020 

Assistant Professor, MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program & Printmaking Department, 1989-1995

Director, Master of Fine Arts, Book Arts & Printmaking Program, 1990-1999

Coordinator, Fine Arts, Printmaking & Book Arts. 2005-2009, 2014-2017 

Lecturer, Printmaking Department and Continuing Studies Program, 1981-1989

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Visiting Professor of Studio Art, Book Arts, 2002-2017

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lecturer, Graphic Design Department, 1985-1989

 

RESIDENCIES
2013    American Academy in Rome, Visiting Scholar

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2018
The Cynthia Iliff Koehler Award for Distinguished Teaching
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2005
The University of the Arts Venture Fund
International Print Conference, Berlin, Germany & Posnan, Poland
Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, Academic Keys
Who’s Who of Women in Education, Empire Professionals

1998
Who's Who Among America's Teachers

1997
The University of the Arts Venture Fund
Research, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany

1993
The Type Directors Club Award of Excellence, Type Directors Club, New York, New York

1990
The University of the Arts Venture Grant, research and study of Book Arts in Paris

1986
American Association of Museums National Museums Publication Competition Award

1985
The University of the Arts Venture Grant, research on experimental scroll printing techniques

 

 

PANELS & TALKS

2018
College Book Art Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2012
Korean Book Art Association, Seoul, South Korea

2011
College Book Art Association Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2010
College Book Art Association Conference, Oregon College of Art & Design, Portland, Oregon
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

2009
College Book Art Association Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City

2001
University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy

A Print Odyssey: 2001, Book Arts in Transition, Swarthmore College Library, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

The Guild of Book Workers

2000
University of Delaware, Morris Library, Newark, Delaware
Page by Page

1999
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
Contemporary Artists Books

1998
Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

The Art of the Book: Visualizing Poetry, Chester River Arts Center, Chestertown, Maryland
The 20th Century Arts of the Book

1997
Union College, Friends of the Union College Library, Schenectady, New York
Reading Between the Lines: A Look at the 20th Century Art of the Book
Creative Artists Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dialogue: Opportunities in the Field of Book Arts
Chester River Craft & Art Schools, Chestertown, Maryland
Looking Glass Series: The 20th Century Arts of the Book

1995
Pyramid Atlantic Washington Book Fair, The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
You Can't Judge A Book By its Cover
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Collaborations: col + laborare

1994
Rowan College, Glassboro, New Jersey
The Visual Book

1993
Mills College, Oakland, California
The Next Wave: Books at the Intersection of Icon & Artifact
Fourth Conference of the Council of Book Arts Programs
Curricular Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Outlook
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Harmonious Markings: Calligraphy and the Book

1991
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
The Art of the Contemporary Book

 

SELECTED JURIED, GROUP & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2021 Let’s Eat Cake

Virtual, Guild of Book Workers

2020 These Times

Virtual, Philadelphia Center for the Book

2019 Tenth Painting & Mixed Media Exhibition

Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

From the North and South

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, Australia 

Firestation Print Studio, Armadale, Australia

2018 InLiquid

Crane Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Popup

Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2017 Square Foot 5

Aqua Art Miami@Art Basel Miami, Miami, Florida

Eighth Painting & Mixed Media Exhibition

Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Ritual

Heavy Bubble, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bird in Hand

Printmaking Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 Prints & Books

The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Across the Spectrum: Color in American Fine and Private Press Books, 

1890-2015

Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania

2015 Upcycled, Bound Journals Transformed

Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Atlas Imagined: A Collaborative Project

Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 Artists of an Age

Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 Another Garden Experience

Sunchon National University Museum, Sunchon, South Korea

Department of Art

List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

2012 Seoul International Book Fair, COEX, Seoul, South Korea

Encounter

175 Gallery, Korea National University of the Arts, Seoul, South Korea

About Unfamiliarity and Familiarity, Identifying Communication Through Arts

Gallery 2, Korea Craft and Design Foundation, Jongro-gu, Seoul, 

South Korea

A Shared Encounter: Printmaking at Hongik University and the University 

of the Arts

Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

2011 Inside and Outside the Clamshell Box

Delaware County Community College, Media, Pennsylvania

2010 Landing Place

Vila Huerta Ruano, Lorca, Spain

Philadelphia Mark/Remarque

Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pulling from History: Letterpress

The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2009Defining Books: Multiple Perspectives

Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Art & Design@50

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2007 Anatomy of the Book

Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Action/Interaction: Book/Art

Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts, Chicago, Illinois

Jumpstart: Launching an Artists’ Book Collection

Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2006 Book Structure

Kyoto Institute of Technology Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

Book Structure

Gallery Terra, Kyoto, Japan 

Meraviglia: Innovations in the Book Arts

Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania

2005Honoring the Book

The Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eat Paper, Drink Ink: The Sensuality of Books

Voices & Visions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

EmissionImpact 4 Contakt, Universitat der Kunste Berlin Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2004 International Artists’ Book Biennalle

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Tri-College Art Faculty Exhibition

Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

Breaking the Mold: Contemporary Perspectives in Letterpress Design

David Broudo Art Gallery, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

On the Verge

Rutgers Center for Innovative Print & Paper, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Project Room

List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Several Steps Removed

Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ninety from the Nineties

New York Public Library, New York, New York

Mentors and Models

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2003 Faculty Exhibition

Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, Massachusetts

2002 Art on the Page: A Selection of Artists’ Books

Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2001 Sock & Kiss 

Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

Mixed Media

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Letterpress Portfolio

Pallazzo Ferretti, Cortona International Conference, Cortona, Italy

2000 Pedagogy: Beyond Reeling, Writhing, Uglification and Derision

Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts, Chicago, Illinois

Mixed Media

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Non-Toxic Prints

Arronson Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pages

Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts, Chicago, Illinois

Page by Page: A Closer Look at Diversity in Book Arts

University of Delaware, Department of Art Gallery, Newark, Delaware

The Space Between

Printmaking Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1999 Work from 6230: The Origins of Influence

Arronson Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Book Arts & Printmaking

Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1998 The Art of the Book: Visualizing Poetry

McCabe Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

1997 Crossing Over/Changing Places

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 

The Art Society of the CO/CP World Bank, Washington, DC

Finlandia Hall, Embassy of Finland, Washington, DC

An Exquisite Horse, traveling exhibition

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Faculty Focus: Art & Design 

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1996Invitational

New Arts Salon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1994 A Type Miscellany: APHA Twentieth Anniversary Broadside Portfolio 

The Grolier Club, New York

Typography 15

Type Director’s Club, new York, New York

Vocal Expressions/Visual Experiences 

Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania

The First Loyola Bookart Invitational

Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Art of the Book and the Book Arts Press

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Typography 15

Type Directors Club, New York, New York

1993 International Exhibition of Typography

European and Asian tour

Masters of the Craft

Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

Ed Colker and Friends

The Cooper Union, New York, New York

Wall and Book Works

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

The Persistence of Illumination: Artists and Writers in Collaboration 

and Response

Longwood Fine Arts Center, Longwood College, Virginia

1992 Hitting the Books II

Minnesota Center for the Book, Minneapolis

Artmobile

Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania

1991 Image and Text: The History and Art of Printmaking

Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania

National Broadside Print Exhibition

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Printmaking at The University of the Arts

The University of North Dakota Fine Arts Center, Grand Forks

The School of Art, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, Gershwin Gallery, Philadelphia

1990 Eighty from the Eighties

New York Public Library, New York

Prints from Poetry and Prose

State University of New York, Albany, New York

1989 Contemporary Book Arts

American Craft Museum, New York

1988 The Arts of the Book

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Book Design: Practical and Provocative

The Painted Bride, Philadelphia

Printers Print

The Print Club, Philadelphia

1987 Experiences in Offset Lithography

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Printmaking Works

The Print Club, Philadelphia

1986 Artists' Books

The Print Club, Philadelphia

1985 Point of Departure

Elvehjem Museum, Madison, Wisconsin

Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

1984 A Show of Books

State University of New York at Albany

1983 Affects/Effects

Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia

1982 Book Arts in the Delaware Valley

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Bookworks: 1982

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia

1981 Paper in Particular

Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri

The Irish Pig Press

Printmaking Gallery, Philadelphia College of Art

1980 Vermillion '80

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota

Packages-Sound

Edna Carlsen Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

 

PORTFOLIOS

2010 Philadelphia Prints: Mark/Remarque

SGCInternational Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2007 Vandercook Book

Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

2005 Emission

Impact 4 Kontact, International Print Conference, Berlin, Germany  

2004 On the Verge

Southern Graphics Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

2001Sock & Kiss

University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy

Safe at Any Speed: Non-Toxic Printmaking

Arronson Gallery, Dorrance Hamilton Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2000 Winter Book: The Summer House, Patricia Hampl

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1997 The Exquisite Horse: A Printer’s Corpse

Silver Buckle Press, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1994 A Type Miscellany: APHA’s Twentieth Anniversary Broadside Portfolio

American Printing History Association, New York, New York

 

EXHIBITION CURATION

2010 Social Remarques

Philagrafika, SCGInternational Conference

Hamilton, Arronson & Borowsky Galleries, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Curator

Wall of Statements

Broad Street, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Curator

2006 Jim Trissel & The Press at Colorado College

Hamilton & Arronson Galleries, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Host, Exhibition & Panel

2001 The Strength of Collections

Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Co-curator

2000 Page by Page: A Closer Look at Diversity in Book Arts

University of Delaware, Department of Art Gallery, Newark, Delaware

Curator

1999 X: The First Decade, The Next Page

Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Co-curator

1995 Collaborations: col + laborare

Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania

Co-curator

1993 The Visual Book: A Survey of Contemporary Bookworks

Westby Art Gallery, Rowan College, Glassboro, New Jersey

Curator

Off the Wall and Out of Line: Book Arts Move the UArts into Twenty-First 

Century Design

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Curator

Harmonious Markings: Calligraphy and the Book

Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania

Co-curator

1992 Hitting the Books II

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Arizona State University-Tempe

Bookworks, Chicago

Co-curator of traveling exhibition

Recent Visiting Artists and the Art of the Book

The University of the Arts

Curator

1989 Sebastian Carter and the Rampant Lion Press

The University of the Arts

Curator

1988 The Arts of the Book

Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Co-curator and catalog researcher

1982 Book Arts in the Delaware Valley

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Co-curator

 

JURY PARTICIPATION 

2012- Second State Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2019 Annual CRE Scholarship

2011 School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington

College Book Art Association Exhibition

2006 Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York

Artist’s Book Competition

2002 Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wind Challenge Works on Paper Exhibition

1998 Photography Annual Issue

City Paper, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1996 Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Press Residency Program, Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games

 

PROGRAM CONSULTANT

1998 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

For the establishment of a fine press letterpress facility

1995 National Park Service, Beyond Margins, The Presidio, San Francisco, California

1992 University of California, Berkeley

Book Arts Program within the Graphic Design Program

1991- Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, New Jersey

1995 Evaluation of professional credentials for college credit, continuing association

1982 State University of New York at Purchase

Consultant for letterpress facilities floor plan

 

TEACHING WORKSHOPS

2014- Renaissance Center for the Arts, New Jersey

2021 Book Arts

2016 Art Educators of New Jersey, Book Arts Workshop

Book Arts

2002- Arts Horizons, Artist/Teacher Institute, Rutgers University, New Jersey

2011 Book Arts

2003 Professional Institute for Educators, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Creative Strategies: Book Arts

Castle Hill, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, Massachusetts

The Art of the Book

2002 Professional Institute for Educators, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Developing the Narrative

Arts/Horizons, Artist/Teacher Institute, Rutgers University-Camden, New Jersey

Book Arts

Castle Hill, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, Massachusetts

Chapbooks

1995 Penland School, Penland, North Carolina

Letterpress and Images on the Vandercook

1994 University of California, Berkeley

Contemporary Book Design: The Practical and the Sublime

Women's Studio Workshop

Block Book Printing

1993 Women's Studio Workshop

Block Book Printing

 

VISITING ARTIST

2004 Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Book Arts

2002 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Letterpress

1998 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Letterpress

1997 Union College, Schenectady, New York

Print Portfolio Design

1994 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Letterpress and Book Design

1993 University of California, Berkeley Publication Book Design

1992 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Creative Writing and Book Design

1984 State University of New York-Albany

Letterpress and Book Design

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2011- Second State Press 

2021   Board Member, Treasurer, Executive Committee, Education Committee

2008- College Book Art Association 

2012   Board Member, Treasurer, Executive Committee, Meetings & Programs Committee -  Iowa City, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Indiana University

2008- College Book Art Association, Awards Committee

2021

2008- Philagrafika/SGC International Conference, 

2010 Planning Committee, Conference Host, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1994 Paper Book Intensive Workshop, 

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Host of the two-week workshop for 65 professionals in the art of 

the book.

1987- The Print Center for Prints and Photographs 

1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board member 1987-1995

          Service on Executive, Nominating and Program Committees

1987- American Printing History Association 

1994 New York, New York 

Board member 1987-1994, Vice-President for National Committees

Service on Programming Committee

President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Printing History Association

1990 Vice President for National Programs, the following conferences 

were organized:

1993 Brown University, The Humanist Printer

1992Princeton University, Printing and Publishing History at Princeton

1991Library of Congress, A Washington Wayzgoose

1988 Library Company of Philadelphia, Printing in Philadelphia: 1785-1815

Co-chairperson for Local Arrangements Committee

1982 Bookworks: 1982, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Conference Committee, Printing

 

CLIENTS (partial listing)

American Poetry Review, Astral Foundation of the Glenmede Trust, Balch Institute, Book Workers Guild of America, Fairmount Park Commission, Maritime Museum, Museum Council of Philadelphia, New York State Museum, Temple University Press, The University of the Arts, University City Science Center.

 

COLLECTIONS (partial listing)

Achenbach Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

American Poetry Review, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

La Casa del Libro Museum, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Cooper Union, New York, New York

Cornell University, Cornell, New York

Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Getty Trust, Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, California

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Mills College, Oakland, California

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

New York Public Library, New York, New York

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archives of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, Florida

Stanford University, Special Collections, Green Library, Stanford, California

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

University of Michigan, Special Collections, Hatcher Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Burlington, Vermont

University of Wisconsin, Elvehem Museum, Madison, Wisconsin

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Williams College, Chapin Library, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Yale University Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Printing History Association, New York, New York

Board member 1987-1994

Programming Committee

Center for Book Arts, New York

College Book Art Association

Founding member

Board member, Treasurer 2008-2012

Awards Committee

Executive Committee

Nomination & Membership Committee

Guild of Book Workers

Philadelphia Center for the Book

Philagrafika

The Print Center for Prints and Photographs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board member, Nomination Committee,1987-1995

Second State Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board member, Treasurer 2011- present

SGC Printmaking International