About the Artist


Mary Nees is a practicing artist, residing in the Appalachian highlands. She is a retired adjunct faculty member of the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University. She trained at Cornell University, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and earned her MFA in 2007 at ETSU. Her work is primarily abstract, rooted in a personal visual vocabulary exploring themes of mortality, the fragility of time and position, brokenness and Biblical hope. Mary also volunteers with RISE UP, an enrichment program for under-resourced kids in her community. Mary’s work is in public and private collections nationally and internationally.

Read and view Mary’s Master of Fine Arts thesis: click here.