Meet Celebrity Guide Mara Metcalf

Mara Metcalf has been exhibiting professionally since completing her BFA at the Rhode Island school of Design (RISD) (’80) and an MFA from Tufts University/Museum School Boston (’88). Originally from Portland Oregon, Mara moved “east,” to Rhode Island to pursue her art studies at RISD.

In 2017 Metcalf had a solo show at Harper College, near Chicago. The show was titled, “Between the Shadow and the Fence. That same year Mara curated an exhibition of 4 New England artists whose art explores the fragile connections people have with nature. Entitled “de-natured,” it featured work in video, installation, sculpture and painting. The exhibit was held at Salve Regina University.

Additional recent exhibitions of Metcalf’s art include:

“If it’s not you, it’s me,” Metcalf + Napolitano”, at the Bannister Gallery, RI College in 2016: a solo show in the AS220 Project Space in 2015: “Arcadia” at Krause Gallery in the Moses Brown SchooI and “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.

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 the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and was nominated again in 2015. Metcalf has been awarded a travel grant to study Giotto frescoes in Italy and a faculty enrichment grant to revisit famous waterfalls in Oregon. Mara teaches “Advanced Painting Concepts” and Acrylic workshops through the RISD CE program and has her studio and home in Providence RI.

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