Mary Ann Peters

Artist, US

Mary Ann Peters combined studio work, installations, public art projects and arts activism have made noted contributions to the Northwest and nationally for over 30 years. Most recently her work has focused on the overlap of contemporary events with splintered histories in the Middle East. Her awards include the 2015 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Art, a 2013 Art Matters Foundation research grant, the MacDowell Colony Pollock Krasner Fellowship (2011), the Civita Institute Fellowship (2004) and the Behnke Foundation Neddy Award in Painting (2000). She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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At Camargo, Mary Ann Peters researched the parallels between Middle Eastern migrations today and those out of Greater Syria at the turn of the 20th century that used Marseille as a crossroads. Her interest is in historical and photographic records that might reveal minutiae integral to the hybridized cultural narrative of Arab communities in a state of flux. She compared these findings to pedestrian accounts provided by citizen journalists in the Arab world today. The information involved an installation series titled impossible monuments.

Mary Ann was in residence at the Camargo Foundation from May 3rd to June 6, 2017 with support provided by Jerome Foundation and Art Matters.