About

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Mary Pal is a Canadian fibre artist best known for her cheesecloth portraits. Her work has been exhibited internationally, purchased for private and museum collections throughout North America as well as published in numerous books and magazines and featured on television.  A teacher for over 40 years, she enjoys sharing her passion for textile art with students all over the world. She is an enthusiastic promoter of the fibre art movement.

 

Preferring to portray people who are often overlooked and ignored - the elderly and the homeless - Pal has created a portrait gallery of faces that exude personality and wisdom.
— Sielman, Martha, Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits. Asheville: Lark Books, 2013.

2018

The Third China International Patchwork Invitational Exhibition, Beijing, China, ten selected art quilts exhibited Oct. 11-13 Shenzhen Art Quilt Exhibition, Shenzhen, China, ten selected art quilts Oct. 16-22 Fibre Content, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON. Winner of first and second place Viewers’ Choice awards  Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum,  Photographs & Memories: Invitational Group Exhibit, La Conner, WA Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum,  "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" in Birds of a Fiber Group Exhibit, La Conner, WA

2017

Shenzhen International Patchwork and Handmade Art Exhibition, 10 selected works, Shenzhen, China EDGE 2017, Contemporary Fiber Artists, Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS FIBER ART VIII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA

2016

Visions ‘Breakout’  Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Fiberart International, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA Radical Elements Exhibition, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL, International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX People & Portraits Exhibition,AQS Quilt Week venues across the USA Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition , Tainan City, Taiwan My Corner of the World, Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford ON EDGE 6.0, Sunderland Gallery, Omaha, NB

2015

Beijing Exhibition hosted by China Fashion & Colour Association – ten works exhibited Contemporary Fiber: Breaking Tradition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, PA Expressions in Equality, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA; awarded Viewers’ Choice Metaphors on Aging, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Lakeland, FL Celebrating Silver – International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL Viewpoints 9, International House - Davis, Davis, CA Celebrating Silver, Quilt! Knit! Stitch!, Portland, OR

2014

Earth Stories, Michigan State University Museum Radical Elements – Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College - Takoma Park, Silver Springs, MD Metaphors on Aging, International Quilt Festival - Chicago, IL Conversational Threads: Impressions in Fibre – solo exhibition in Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B, City of Ottawa, ON Viewpoints 9, Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, PA Celebrating Silver, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX Metaphors on Aging, Quilt! Knit! Stitch! - Portland, OR Viewpoints 9, QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs, CA Metaphors on Aging – Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Overland Park, KS

2013

Metaphors on Aging – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, GB and International Quilt Convention, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, SA I’m Not Crazy – international touring show Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits – IQF, Houston, TX

2012

2012 Biennial, Visions Museum, San Diego, CA (April – February 2013) 
La Conner Quilt Festival, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, WA – 2nd place Master’s Appliqué awarded to Homeless Love (October)
Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition, Tainan, Taiwan (May-December)
Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Centre, Paducah, KY (March-May)
Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Centre, Wayne, PA – Heartstrings Award to Memories of Gombe (March 30-May 13)

2011

People & Portraits in Quilts: A World of Beauty - International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX (November 1 - 4)
Infinity Gallery’s Fiber Arts online exhibition (May 15 – July 15)
Layers of Memory exhibition - travelling with Mancuso across US until June 2012
Sacred Threads - Herndon, Virginia (June 22 - July 4)
OVQG biennial quilt show, Ottawa (May 6-8)
National Fiber Directions - The Wichita Center for the Arts - Wichita KS (March 25 - May 8)

2010

Interpretations - Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego, CA (November 14, 2009 - January 17, 2010) Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa (July)

2009

OVQG Quilt Show, Ottawa, ON (May 8 -10)
Synthesis Alternate Show - Cumberland Gallery, Ottawa, ON (March 25 - April 29)
Synthesis - travelling through Cape Breton, NS,  Liverpool, NS, Calgary (March 10 - May 31)
Creativfestival, Toronto ON (October)
OVQG Quilt Show, Ottawa, ON (May 8 -10)
Blink Gallery, group show, Ottawa, ON (July 17-20)
Fibre Expressions - Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, ON (July)

Installations

“Orchard Celebration” fibre art mural - The Glebe Centre Long Term Care Facility, Ottawa, ON. 2008
“Neighborhood Perspectives” 50-ft. wide fibre art mural commissioned by the Public Art Program of the City of Ottawa, permanently installed in the Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa, ON, 2004

Publications & Television

Textielplus, Denmark Art Quilt Retrospective: 50 Years of Innovation, 2017 Art Quilt Collector, published by Studio Art Quilt Associates Art Quilt Studio from Somerset Studio magazines Machine Quilting Unlimited, in article “An Amazing Menagerie of Quilts,” by Diane Rusin Doran Australian Patchwork & Quilting in article, “Inside the Quilter’s Studio: Mary Pal” British Patchwork & Quilting, in article “Studio Art Quilt Associates – Celebrating 25 Years” 1000 Quilt Inspirations, by Sandra Sider, Quarry Books The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting by Linda Seward, Sixth & Spring Books Quilting Arts Magazine, featured in article “Creating Realistic Portraits,” by Martha Sielman
Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits by Martha Sielman; as featured artist
American Craft magazine, featured in article on Innovation in Craft by David McFadden
Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits by Martha Sielman, Lark books
Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, Crafthaus
The Studio Quilt, No. 6: State of the Art by Sandra Sider
Series 800 Quilting Arts TV, Episodes 810 and 811
“Spotlight on the Artist – Mary Pal,” in Quilting Arts Magazine
“Art Imitating Art,” SAQA Journal,  Vol 20, No. 4

Collections

Michigan State University Museum – permanent collection
Susquehanna University Art Gallery - permanent collection
Private Collections – across North America

Related Experience

Instructor of textile arts, 1997-2019, various quilt guilds and quilt shops, Algonquin College, Art Quilt Santa Fe, Birmingham Quilt Festival, Taiwan International Quilt Festival, Kingston Fibreworks, Fleming College

Lecturer and keynote speaker – various international venues 2001-2019

Juror - Interpretations: Rhapsody, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA, 2019

The View From Here – Quilts of the Ohio River Valley, 2014

A Sense of Community - US and Canadian quilts at Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC, 2019

Education

1972-77 – Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

                 Bachelor of Arts, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

Affiliations

Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative, 401 Richmond Street, Toronto ON

SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associates (past Board Member), Juried Artist Member

OVQG - Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild (Past President)

Craft Ontario - Professional member