Mara Metcalf has been exhibiting professionally since completing her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design (’80) and her MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts (’88).
For over 25 years she has been a member of the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and was nominated again in 2015. Metcalf has received a travel grant to study Giotto's frescos in Italy and a faculty enrichment grant to revisit famous waterfalls in Oregon. Mara teaches painting and mixed media through RISD CE certificate program and has her studio in Providence, RI.
Metcalf recently had a solo show at Harper College, near Chicago, where she was invited to give an artist talk, and was included in the Wheaton College Biennial. Mara has curated an exhibition of artists who use their work to explore the fragile connection we have with nature. Entitled “de-natured,” it featured work in video, installation, sculpture and painting.
Additional exhibitions of Metcalf’s art include: If it’s not you, it’s me, Metcalf + Napolitano”, in Bannister Gallery at RI College in 2016. She had a solo shows Birds Eye View in the AS220 Project Space in 2015 and Arcadia at Krause Gallery in the Moses Brown SchooI. She was part of On Nature at Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI. Mara’s paper collages are currently in the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston MA. Her work is in the collection of the RISD Museum in Providence, RI.
We are always changing and reconstructing, and this fact is embodied in my approach to painting. My recent paintings are made with ink on cloth, pins and my sewing machine. There is no stretcher so translucent colors float freely over patterned fabric. The layers de-materialize solid form into changing veils of color and are my way to express the fragile connection we have with each other.