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My work celebrates the imperfection and messiness of human existence. Instinct, chance, and materials are the forces that drive me. I embrace clumsiness and flaws. I leave the rawness of the paint because it does very interesting things on its own.


Currently, while addressing concepts of dislocation, I use cartoonish body parts to inject comic relief into this sober subject matter. 



BFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University
MFA Lesley University College of Art and Design
DFA University of East London


Selected One-Person Shows

2024  The Painting Center, New York (two person)

2023   Shipwreck, Prince Street Gallery, New York 

2021   Installation, La Casa Abbandonata, Avellino
2020  Tanti Saluti! CICA Museum, Gimpo-Si, South Korea
2019   Desirable Residence, Poplar Union, London
2018   Viva Exhibition, University of East London
           Spiccioli/ Spare Change, Spazio Arte, Fara D'Adda, Milan
2010   Celebrating Green, DeBerry Gallery, University of North Carolina,
           Chapel Hill, NC.
2008  Leaves, La Galleria di Francesca Castelli , Modena.
           Grazie della Vita, Castello Borromeo, Corneliano Bertario, Milan.
2007   Quadri da Indossare, AP gallery, Milan.
2006   Natura e Fibre, Spazio 4, Milan.
2003   Paesaggi, La Galleria di Francesca Castelli, Modena.
2002   Lavori Nuovi, Castello Borromeo, Corneliano Bertario.
1999    Paintings, The John and Seymour Rennolds Gallery

            St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA. 1998 Work on Paper,
           American Consulate, Milan.
1997   Luoghi Immaginati, Galleria Il Punto A Cassano D'Adda, Milan


Selected Group Shows

2024 Poplar Union, London

2023 Claybash, Hunterdon Museum, New Jersey

2023 Book Launch, Gate 44, Milan

2023 Making the Cut, Shoebox Gallery, Los Angeles

2022 Atina, Frozinone, Italy
2022 Astadarte, Gate 44, Milan

2022 hArtslane Gallery,  London, Atina Residency Exhibition

2022 1200 Postcards, Hastings, UK 

2022 Ensemble, Together Again,  The Painting Center, New York

2021  Group Show, Shrine, New York, online

2021  Cladogram, Katonah Museum Biennial, New York

2021  Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, The Painting Center, New York
2020 Incipit, Gate 44, Milan
2020  A World without End, No barking Art, London
2020  PassaggiAtina, Hartslane Gallery, London
2019  Abstract Mind, CICA Museum, Gimpo-si, South Korea
2018  Natura Madre, Castello Borromeo, Corneliano Bertario
          At Home in Bow, The Apartment, Bow Arts, London
2017  A Titolo d'Ingresso, Spazio Arte, Fare D'Adda, Milan
2016  Clandestina, Silmar Contemporary, Milan
          Stanze, Palazzo Arcivescovile, Gropello D'Adda, Milan
          Showcase, AVA Gallery, University of East London
2015  15/18, Castello Borromeo, Corneliano Bertario, Milan
          Warehouse XI " Reclassified", Cambridge, MA.
          Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
          Open Studios, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
2014  Thirst, Bedlam Gallery, Brunel University, London
         Generations, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
         Art Workplace, Segreen, Milan
         Arte di fare dei Libri, Arte su Carte, Modena
2013 Deciphering Identity, Jewett Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.
          Io Sto per Topolo, Galleria L'Affiche, Milan.
2012  Vasili Arkhipov: The Man Who Saved the World, Boston, MA.
          Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA.
2011   C’è Un Disegno per Milano, Galleria L'Affiche, Milan.
          Leggere non Leggere, Derbylius, Milan.
          Artisti per la Salute, Derbylius, Milan.
          Open Exhibition, Studio 106, London.
          Food for Thought, The Gallery at Willesden Green, London. Gallery Artists, Galleria L'Image, Rome.
2008 In Città, La Galleria di Francesca Castelli, Modena. 2007 Free, Five Years, London
          Post It Show, Another Roadside Attraction, London. 2006 Peer Esteem, Five Years, London.
2005 La Neve, Castello Borromeo, Milan
2003 The Universe, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA.
1999  Grand Cru, Galleria L'Affiche, Milan.


Public Collections

CICA Museum, South Korea
Brunel University, London 
Comune di Truccazzano, Milan
Istituto dei Tumori, Milan 


DeJorio Ltd, Genoa
Interiors, Tokyo, Japan

Azienda Agricola Bellaria, Avellino


Residencies and Fellowships

2022 PassaggiAtina, Atina, Italy
2019  PassaggiAtina residency, Atina, Italy
2017  Fellow Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists
2016  CAMAC, Marnay-Sur-Seine, France (Fondation Ténot grant)
2015  Vermont Studio Center (merit scholarship)
2013  The League at Vyt, Sparkill, New York (merit scholarship)


2014 Barry, Judith. "Lesley University College of Art and Design Graduate Exhibition Catalog,"
Lesley University, Boston, MA.
2016 Stefano Crippa "Le Stanze". catalog (Milan)
2017 "Living Language" Interview with Kim Catley, St. Catherine's Now, Summer 17, Vol. 75 No.2 
Crippa, Stefano "Recent Work Mary Crenshaw"
2019 Smyth, Cherry “What the soul has heard tell of: new paintings by Mary Crenshaw” exhibition brochure

2020 Emma Roper-Evans, "In Spotlight, Collage Covid-Mary Crenshaw", The Sunday Tribune, July 12

2021 Lisa Kellner, "Five Questions", artist interview at

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