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Mary Lum

Mary Lum

Visual artist
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Artist
Countries United States of America
Gender female
Birth January 1, 1951
The details

Mary Lum (born 1951) is a visual artist whose paintings, collages and works on paper reference the urban environment, architectural forms and systems.


Lum received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan; and a Master’s of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 2005 she has taught at Bennington College. Lum is represented by Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, MA.

Lum has exhibited her work in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in the United States, and abroad, including Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, and other countries. She has received fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Saltonstall Foundation, and has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the International Studio/Curatorial Program in New York and at Oxford University in the UK.

Exhibitions and projects

Lum has exhibited her work widely. She has participated in 24 solo exhibitions at national and international venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, Gallerie Birthe Laursen, Paris, Prance, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA, among others; and in over 30 group exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA), the Drawing Center, New York, NY; Bejing Academy of Fine Arts (Bejing, China); Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); MassMoCA Museum (North Adams, MA); Kunstmuseum-Museum fur Gegenwartskunst-Basel (Switzerland), among others. She has been commissioned by MASS MoCA to create an artist-designed public art billboard, "Made With Pride By" and other art billboard projects, "This is Only a Test" (Los Angeles) and "Billboard Structure" (Buffalo, NY).

Grants, awards, residencies

In 2012, Lum received a McDowell Colony fellowship (also 2007 2003 and 1994)and was a resident visiting artist at the International Center of Photography/Bard College program. In 2010 she received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and a residency from the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (also in 2006 and 2002). In 2009, Lum was an Artist in Residence at St. John's College at the University of Oxford, in the UK. In 2004 she was awarded a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study/Harvard University fellowship, as well as a Saltonstall Foundation artist's fellowship. In 1992, she received a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Washington Project for the Arts. In 1990 the New York State Council on the Arts awarded Lum with an Individual Sponsored Project Grant; in 1998 she received an individual artists grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1987, she received an artist's fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Lum's work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD); DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA); Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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