Mary Tsiongas

Mary Tsiongas

Born: 1959, Trikala, Greece

Biography and Information

Biography
Mary Tsiongas is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work often addresses human relationships to technology and the natural environment, and sometimes delves into other longtime fascinations such as metaphysics, games, chance, and memory. In her recent work Tsiongas creates sets by using small architectural models and slides of landscape paintings she found in a now defunct slide library. She projects images onto the models and photographs the results.

Born in Greece and now based in New Mexico, Tsiongas has exhibited and lectured extensively for the past twenty years in over fifty exhibitions nationally and internationally. Venues include; ISEA 2014 in Dubai, the Lincoln Center in New York City, Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada, and the McColl Center in North Carolina. She is the recipient of several grants, awards and residencies including a WESTAF NEA grant, and residencies at UCROSS Foundation and the Headlands Center for the Arts. She was awarded Women to Watch 2015 by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and was included in the exhibition Organic Matters. Public collections include the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

Tsiongas received her MFA from California College of the Arts and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She is a Professor in Electronic Media in Department of Art at the University of New Mexico.

The work I have done in the last ten years has attempted to explore my (and our) changing relationship to the natural world.  I use ‘natural world’ to refer to the naturally occurring landscape, and to it’s apotheosis in wilderness; and as a term of opposition to the increasingly unnatural suburban/urban/engineered/built environments I find myself in.  My choice of subject hinges on my deep (and deepening) concern about how we as humans are impacting the natural world; and on my interest in how these impacts are affecting me (and us), personally and globally, in return. This underlying concern interacts with other longtime fascinations such as metaphysics, games, chance, memory and simple electronic technology.  -Mary Tsiongas

Education
MFA California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
BFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Solo Exhibitions
2017
Repurpose/Revision/Reconstruction (with Bruce Davis), Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
 2013 The Likenesses of Light, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Alcove 12.9, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

2012
Currents 2012, Munox Wayman Foyer and Gallery, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2010
Time Lapses, Center For Art and Theatre, Georgia Southern
University, GA

2008
Moving Target, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2005
When the Hunter Gathers, Thomas Welton Gallery, Stanford
University, CA

2003
When the Hunter Gathers, University Art Museum, UNM,
Albuquerque, NM

1999
genius loci, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997
Post-Hypnotic Suggestions, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

1996
Thought and Remembrance, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994
The Magician, Artist’s Television Access, San Francisco, CA

1991
Vespers, Mobius, Boston, MA

1987
Elemental Residue, Alchemie Gallery, Boston, MA

Group Exhibitions
2017
Fourth Biennial Juried Alumni Exhibition/Habitat(ion) Mass College of Art, Boston, MA

2016
Unstructured Merriment, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Out of Many, One: New Work by Studio Faculty, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Electricity Can Kill You: Currents 2016, CFAD Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2015
Women to Watch 2015: Organic Matters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Coordinates, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2013
All The Time in The World, 2 person show with Gail Wight, The Clay Center, Charleston, WV
All The Time in The World, 2 person show with Gail Wight, McColl Center, Charlotte, NC

2012
Spread 3.0, Finalist for Funding, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
The Transformative Surface, UNM Art Museum, ISEA Partner, Albuquerque, NM
An Inquisitive Eye, Seeing Into Prints, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Thinking New Mexico: A Centennial Exhibition, NM State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

2011
505, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2010
ShadowShop, Stephanie Syjuco’s project at SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
There’s a way in which…., PlaySpace, San Francisco, CA
Shadows, SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Now, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2009
Landscape and Memory, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
Sculpture as Analogy, SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM

2008
Moving Target, UNM Art Museum , University Art Museum, UNM, Albuquerque, NM
Land Arts of the American Southwest, AC2 Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2007
The Art and Artifice of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Green, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM

2006
A Darkened Line, Fine Arts Gallery, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Photography and Science, Gallery 303, Georgia Southern University, GA

2005
Sculptural Information, Seeing Gallery, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Evidence is Everywhere, SF Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA
Looking Back At The Present: Photography and New Media, University Art Museum UNM, Albuquerque, NM
Embodied Seven Studies in Video, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2004
Beyond Words: Artists and the Book, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Through The Night Softly, The Walls, Albuquerque, NM
Linneaments of Gratified Desire, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003
Lincoln Center Outdoors, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Point of Departure: contemporary photographic explorations, Magnifico
Albuquerque, NM
inauguration show, For-site Foundation, Nevada City, CA

2002
Learning to Love You More, Web show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2001
Multiple Personalities, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Interact, Moxie Building, San Francisco, CA
Behind the Screen, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

2000
Light Fantastic, Walter/McBean Gallery, SFAI. San Francisco, CA
Small Objects for Sound & Light, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA

1999
Corporeal Sky, ARTSPACE, Sidney, Australia
Nightfall, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Spirituality-Otherwordliness, Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art
Institute, San Francisco, CA
Mi Casa Es Su Casa, NOGA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

1998
Technical Poetics, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Plugged In, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
pFormative Acts, Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Going Cimmaron, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Translucence, Art Source, Transamerica Building, San Francisco, CA
In Over Our Heads: The Image of Water in Contemporary Art, San Jose
Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Landscape and Memory, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997
Anima Mundi, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Riding With Closed Eyes, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

1996
New York, Haines Gallery New York, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Natural Histories, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Bounty, Fairfield Center Gallery, Fairfield, CA
Mortal Coil: Mourning Becomes Electronic, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery,
Porter College, U.C. Santa Cruz, CA

1995
Counterspace, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994
Issues of Image, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Articulated Silences, Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA
Projected Gesture, Cinematheque/ATA, San Francisco, CA
Vigil, Gallery Here, Oakland, CA
Meraki, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Old Wives Tales, Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Mexico City, Mexico

Collections
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Awards
2017 
Artist Residency, UCROSS Foundation, Clearmont, WY
2015 
Women to Watch 2015, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
2013 
Residency and workshop with local high school students, McColl Center, Charlotte, NC
2011 
University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts Creative Work Grant
2010 
PLAND Residency: Topographia Collective with L. Montgomery C. Harris, 
J. Lovell
2008 
University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts Creative Work Grant
2007 
University of New Mexico, Research Allocations Committee Large RAC grant
2005 
P.L.A.C.E Grant for “The Pitch” Advanced Projects in Electronic Arts
2004 
University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts Creative Work Grant
2003 
University of New Mexico, Research Allocations Committee RAC grant
2001 University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts Creative Work Grant
1997 
Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist in residence, Sausalito, CA
1995 
Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), NEA Regional Fellowship, Sculpture

Press
2015
Wes Pulkka, Local art show includes pinhole photos by former UNM professor, Venue, Albuquerque Journal, May 3

2013
Diane Armitage, The Likenesses of Light: Mary Tsiongas, THE Magazine, December/January

Grace Cote, Time is on their side, Creative Loafing Charlotte, March 8

UNC TV Features the Center, McColl Center for Visual Art Blog, April 25

2012
Rob DeWalt, 
Pasatiempo, September 7

2011
Jon Carver, 505, 
THE Magazine, May

2009
LAND/ART New Mexico, SCA Contemporary Art

2007
Jon Carver, Review Santa Fe, 
Art Papers, May

2005
Rebecca Wallace, Arts & Entertainment, 
Palo Alto Weekly, December 

Guy Cross, The Universe of Mary Tsiongas, THE Magazine

Scott MacLoed, Stretcher.Org, August

2001
Kenneth Baker, Profiling Bay Area new-media artists, 
San Francisco Chronicle, June 3

1998
Terri Cohn, Light as Medium, 
Art Week, October

1997
Kathleen Shields, Parallaxis: Fifty-five Points to View, A Conversation with Lucy R. Lippard and Rina Swentzell, pp. 35, 131

1996
West, 
A publication of the San Francisco Art Institute, Winter

Holly Blake, Witness, Weems, McCarthy, Tsiongas, p. 8

Kenneth Baker, Galleries, San Francisco Chronicle, December 19

1995
Water Catalog for exhibition at Vacaville Museum,Vacaville, CA

Press Release
2017
Repurpose/Revision/Reconstruction
  at Richard Levy Gallery

2016
Unstructured Merriment at Richard Levy Gallery

2015
Coordinates at Richard Levy Gallery

2013
The Likeness of Light at Richard Levy Gallery

2011
505  at Richard Levy Gallery