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. For over 40 years she has enjoyed teaching, and for the past decade in sharing her passion for textile art with students all over the world. A Juried Artist member and former Board member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, she is an enthusiastic promoter of the fibre art movement.

 

Mary Pal – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 Selected Exhibitions

2020

​”Willie” to be exhibited in this year’s SOFA exhibition, Intersect Chicago, Nov. 6-12, 2020 and available for sale on Artsy from Nov. 6 – Dec. 5, 2020

Colour With a U, Canadian SAQA Exhibition, “Peggy,” ​Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, until Sept. 7, then St Francis Xavier University Gallery, Antigonish NS, until Dec 2020

Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art, The Drifter,” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA, Apr 19 – July 12

Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition, “Bella,” Tainan City, Taiwan,  ​Aug 13 – Sept 6

Visions Biennial, “Bella,” Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA ” Oct 17 – Jan 3, 2021

2019

Chroma Exhibition, exhibition of major works by artists participating in the 2019 Haliburton School of Art & Design Advanced Individual Studies program

Artworks selected to illustrate article in Plough Quarterly, Fall issue 2019

Selected artist in Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation (Sandra Sider, ed.) Schiffer, 2018

On jury panel for Interpretations: Rhapsodyinternational juried exhibition at Visions Art Museum, San Diego

Juror for A Sense of Community SAQA exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, March 6 to April 30

Three commissions completed for private clients across Canada

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, “Lighthouse Keeper” and “Corrosion”, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON, Sept. 6-16. Winner of Viewers’ Choice awards

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 4 selected works in Photographs & Memories: Invitational Group Exhibit, La Conner, WA – January 10-March 25

2017

Shenzhen International Patchwork and Handmade Art Exhibition—ten selected art quilts exhibited May 12-14

EDGE 2017, Contemporary Fiber Artists – “The Drifter” on exhibit at the Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, Kansas, USA – Aug. 11 – October 22

FIBER ART VIII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition, “Corrosion” at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, California, USA – July 28 – Sept. 3

2016

Visions ‘Breakout’ – “Morning Conversations” on exhibit in the biennial exhibition of Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA, April – January, 2017

Art Quilt Elements – “The Drifter” exhibited March 18 – April 30 at Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Fiberart International – “The Drifter” on exhibit May 5 – August 21 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition – “Keeping Jumbo Wild” in Tainan City, Taiwan, Feb-June

2015

Beijing Exhibition hosted by China Fashion & Colour Association – solo show display, Oct. 12 – 18

Contemporary Fiber: Breaking Tradition Exhibition – “The Other 1%” at Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, PA – April 11 – May 18

Celebrating Silver Exhibition – “Precious Time” at International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL, March

Commissions

2019 – completed two commissions for private clients, one in Oakville, one in Calgary

Installations

“Neighborhood Perspectives” 50-ft. wide fibre art mural commissioned by the Public Art Program of the City of Ottawa, permanently installed in Scotton Hall in the Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa, ON, 2004

Publications & Television

My artworks have been featured in:

  • Art Quilt Retrospective: Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovative Art, published by Schiffer Books, 2018
  • 1000 Quilt Inspirations, by Sandra Sider, Quarry Books, 2015
  • Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits by Martha Sielman, Lark books, 2013

And numerous magazines including:

  • Fiber Art Nowmagazine, Summer 2018
  • Art Quilt Studio from Somerset Studio magazines, Summer 2016
  • Art Quilt Collector, published by Studio Art Quilt Associates, May 2016
  • Australian Patchwork & Quilting in “Inside the Quilter’s Studio: Mary Pal,” V. 23 No 12
  • Quilting Arts Magazine, “Creating Realistic Portraits,” 2013

Teaching Experience

Pre-COVID-19: I was engaged on a regular basis as a lecturer and workshop instructor of textile arts at venues throughout North America and in Great Britain, Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand and China. This was a natural progression following a career as a secondary school educator from 1977-1992. Because my medium is so unusual (cheesecloth) and because I pioneered a technique that is eminently suitable for depicting landscapes and portraits, I am invited by fibre art groups, quilt guilds, conference organizers and colleges to teach and lecture internationally.

Collections

Permanent collection of Michigan State University Museum, Susquehanna University Museum and in private collections across Canada, US and China

Education

1977 – Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

1976 – Bachelor of Arts, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

 Affiliations

Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative, Toronto, ON

Studio Art Quilt Associates – Juried Artist Member; served on Board of Directors (2010-2014)