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Mary Lou FerbertBiography

1924 Born in Cleveland, Ohio
1945 B.A. (Chemistry), Duke University
1968-78,
1995
Cleveland Institute of Art

Teaching Experience

1989-1998,
1986
Instructor, Continuing Education,
Cleveland Institute of Art

Current Gallery Affiliation

The Bonfoey Gallery
1710 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 621-0178

Mary Lou Ferbert

Art has been a dominant force in my life since I was in my mid-forties. Ten years of study at the Cleveland Institute of Art provided the tools of expression and years of living determined the issues. My artist’s journey has taken me to many parts of the United States and beyond.

Early work dealt with the dynamism and drama of Cleveland’s industrial heartland, the Flats. A commission to create the 1982 Cleveland Calendar lead me to other faces of the city - the West Side Market, Severance Hall, Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

A long association with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History paralleled my art career. It increased my sensitivity to and understanding of urban botany. I returned to the Flats in 1985, this time to make a statement about the survival capacity and the beauty of wild city plants. For over twenty-five years I reported on that complex man/nature interrelationship.

An exhibition in 2005 focused on the tidal zone of the shore at Bethany Beach, Delaware. I walked that beach annually for decades and it always refueled my creative energies.

My last Cleveland show featured sandstone sidewalks. Current work is also geology-related - the rock formations at my new Boston home.

Transparent watercolor is my medium. Its broad latitude of artistic expression meets my aesthetic needs. Subjects are drawn from the commonplace. I want to share the extraordinary in the ordinary. That is where my passion is.

2017

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Brookhaven, Lexington, Massachusetts
2013 The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2010 Intown Club, Cleveland, Ohio
2010 Howson Gallery, Judson at University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio
2009 Wild Urban, Old Stone Church, Cleveland, Ohio
2008 Charles F. Seelbach Gallery, Gathering Place West, Cleveland, Ohio
2005 The Bonfoey Company, Cleveland, Ohio
2001 The Bonfoey Company, Cleveland, Ohio
1997 Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, Tennessee
1994 The Bonfoey Company, Cleveland, Ohio
1993 The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
1989 The Bonfoey Company, Cleveland, Ohio
1987 Gallery Madison 90, New York, New York
1985 Cleveland Play House Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
1983 The Intown Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1981 The Bonfoey Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Selected Invitational Exhibitions

2009 120 Years: National Association of Women Artists
Jane Voorhess Zimmerli Gallery - 1st Venue, Rutgers University, New Jersey
UBS Gallery - 2nd Venue, New York City

Cleveland Artist Foundation, Scenes of Cleveland: Artists Portraiting Their City, Cleveland, Ohio
2003 State of the Art Biennial Watercolor Invitational
Illuminating the Ordinary: Light and Enlightenment in Contemporary Watercolor
Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan & Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois
1998 Gallery B.A.I., Barcelona, Spain
1996 Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Kaleidoscope: Visions of Natural History II, Cleveland, Ohio
1992 Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery, City-Nature: The Spell of Matter, Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio
1989 Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Collects: American Painting, Sculpture, and Photography, Columbus, Ohio
1988 Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Kaleidoscope: Visions of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio
1980 Museum of the Beck Center for the Cultural Arts, Summer Quintet, Lakewood, Ohio
1978 Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art,
Invitational Painting Exhibition: Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington
Loretto, Pennsylvania
1976 Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio Women Artists Past and Present, Youngstown, Ohio

Selected Juried Exhibitions

2011 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 115th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2010 National Art Center, Joint Exhibition, Watercolor USA / Japan Watercolor Federation, Tokyo, Japan

Butler Institute of American Art, 74TH National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 114th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2009 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 113th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2008 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 112th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
2007 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 111th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
2006 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 110th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
2005 Cleveland Museum of Art, NEO Show, Cleveland Ohio

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 109th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Cleveland Artists Foundation, Art All Around the Town
Prints from Print Club of Cleveland, Print-a-Month-Club and The University Print Club
Cleveland, Ohio
2004 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 108th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries, Artists Who Happen to be Women
National Association of Women Artists, Texas A&M University
2003 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 107th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Butler Institute of American Art, 67th Annual Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio
2002 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 106th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
2001 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 105th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
2000 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 104th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
1999 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 103rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
1998 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 102nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC
1997 Butler Institute of American Art, 61st Annual Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio
1996 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 100th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

National Association of Women Artists,
Municipality of Athens-Cultural Center and Hellenic-American Union Art Exhibition,
Athens, Greece
1995 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 99th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

National Arts Club, Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC
1994 Springfield Art Museum, Watercolor U.S.A. 1994, Springfield, Missouri
1993 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 97th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Cleveland Museum of Art, 74th Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio
1992 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 96th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Springfield Art Museum, Watercolor U.S.A. 1992, Springfield, Missouri
1991 The Butler Institute of American Art, 55th Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio
1990 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 94th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

The Butler Institute of American Art, 54th Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

National Arts Club, 48th Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC

Salmagundi Club, American Watercolor Society 123rd Annual International Exhibition, NYC

The Canton Art Institute, All Ohio 1990, 12th Statewide Juried Biennial Competition, Canton, Ohio
1989 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 93rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

The Butler Institute of American Art, 53rd Annual Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

American Watercolor Society, 122nd Annual International Exhibition, NYC
1988 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 92nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

National Arts Club, 46th Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC

Cleveland Museum of Art, 69th May Show, Cleveland, Ohio

Knickerbocker Artists, 38th Annual National Open Exhibition, NYC
1987 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 91st Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Cleveland Museum of Art, 68th Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio

Salmagundi Club, American Watercolor Society 120th Annual International Exhibition, NYC

Knickerbocker Artists, 37th Annual Open Exhibition, NYC
1986 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 90th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

El Paso Museum of Art, 24th National Sun Carnival Art Exhibition,
1985 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 89th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Springfield Art Museum, Watercolor U.S.A. 1985, Springfield, Missouri

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 66th Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio

Tweed Museum of Art, Midwest Watercolor Society 9th Annual Open Juried Show, Duluth, Minnesota
1984 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 88th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Springfield Art Museum, Watercolor U.S.A. 1984, Springfield, Missouri

Cleveland Museum of Art, 65th Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio

El Paso Museum of Art, 23rd National Sun Carnival Art Exhibition

Brea Civic Cultural Center Gallery, National Watercolor Society 64th Annual Exhibition, Brea, California

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, AQUEOUS OPEN '84, 39th Annual Exhibition
1983 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 87th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Butler Institute of American Art, 47th Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

National Arts Club, 41st Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 64th Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio

Salmagundi Club, American Watercolor Society 116th Annual International Exhibition, NYC

Davenport Art Gallery, 7th Annual Transparent Exhibition — Midwest Watercolor Society, Davenport, Iowa

Palm Springs Desert Museum, National Watercolor Society 63rd Annual Exhibition, Palm Springs, California

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, AQUEOUS OPEN '83, 38th Annual Exhibition
1982 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 86th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, NYC

Springfield Art Museum, Watercolor U.S.A. 1982, Springfield, Missouri

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 63rd Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio

El Paso Museum of Art, 22nd National Sun Carnival Art Exhibition,

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, AQUEOUS OPEN '82, 37th Annual Exhibition

National Arts Club, 69th Annual Exhibition, Allied Artists of America, Inc., NYC
1981 National Arts Club, 39th Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC
1980 El Paso Museum of Art, 21st National Sun Carnival Art Exhibition,
1978 The Butler Institute of American Art, 42nd Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

National Arts Club, 36th Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC
1977 The Butler Institute of American Art, 41st Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio
1976 El Paso Museum of Art, 19th National Sun Carnival Art Exhibition

Marietta College, Mainstreams '76
The 9th Annual Marietta College International Competitive Exhibition for Painting & Sculpture,
Marietta, Ohio
1975 The Butler Institute of American Art, 39th Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 56th Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio
1974 The Butler Institute of American Art, 38th Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

Selected Awards & Honors

2008 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Catherine T. Ballantyne Memorial Award, 112th Annual Open Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2005 Cleveland Artists Foundation, Honored Guest, On the Watercolor Front
2002 American Diabetes Association, Signature Artist, Celebrity Art Auction Gala, Cleveland, Ohio
1999 Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland, Inc.,
Golden Achievement Award for Lifelong Achievement in the Field of the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
1998 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Honored Member, 102nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
1997 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, National Arts Club Award, 101st Annual Juried Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
1991 Hubbard Museum, The 2nd Annual Hubbard Art Award for Excellence, Ruidoso, New Mexico

The Butler Institute of American Art, Honorable Mention, 55th Annual National Midyear Show, Youngstown, Ohio
1990 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal, 94th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
1988 The Cleveland Museum of Art, Special Mention for Painting, 69th Annual May Show, Cleveland, Ohio
1988 Lakewood High School, Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Lakewood, Ohio
1987 American Watercolor Society, Bronze Medal of Honor 120th Annual International Exhibition, National Academy of Art, NYC
1985 The Association of Interpretive Naturalists,
The 1985 National Special Award in recognition of special service to the profession, Berkshire Mountains
1980 El Paso Museum of Art, Museum Purchase Award, 21st National Sun Carnival Art Exhibition

Selected Membership Shows

2011 Watercolor Honor Society,
Watercolor Now! 2011, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Watercolor Honor Society,
25th Anniversary Small Works Exhibition, Brick City Gallery, Springfield, Missouri

Cleveland Artists Foundation,
Cleveland Creates, The Beck Center, Lakewood, OH

2008 Artists Archives of the Western Reserve,
Inside the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
2007 Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, City Folk, Cleveland, Ohio
2004 National Association of Women Artists, 115th Annual Exhibition, NYC
2003 Springfield Museum of Art
Watercolor Now! Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society 9th Biennial Exhibition
Springfield, Missouri

National Association of Women Artists, 114th Annual Exhibition, NYC
2002 National Association of Women Artists, 113th Annual Exhibition, NYC
2001 National Association of Women Artists, 112th Annual Exhibition, NYC
2000 Huntsville Museum of Art,
Watermedia 2000 Exhibition, Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society 7th Biennial Exhibition
Huntsville, Alabama

National Association of Women Artists, 111th Annual Exhibition, NYC
1997 Springfield Art Museum,
Watercolor U.S.A Honor Society 6th Biennial Exhibition,
Springfield, Missouri

The Morani Gallery,
108th Annual Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists
Allegheny College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1996 National Association of Women Artists, 107th Annual Exhibition, NYC
1995 Knoxville Art Museum, Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society 5th Biennial Exhibition, Knoxville, Tennessee
1991 Springfield Art Museum and United Missouri Bank,
Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society 3rd Biennial Exhibition, Springfield, Missouri
1989 Transco Energy Company, Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society 2nd Biennial Exhibition, Houston, Texas
1987 Springfield Museum of Art, Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society 1st Biennial Exhibition, Springfield, Missouri

Selected Public Collections

  • American Numismatic Society, New York, New York
  • Avon Lake Public Library, Avon Lake, Ohio
  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Cleveland Art Association (CARTA), Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
  • Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, Missouri
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Rocky River Public Library, Rocky River, Ohio
  • Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Selected Corporate Collections

  • Alcan Aluminum Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ameritech, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Arter & Hadden, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Baker & Hostetler, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Carton Service, Inc., Shelby, Ohio
  • Cleveland Browns Football Club, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland Indians, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dalad Group, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ernst & Young, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Fifth Third Bank, Cleveland, Ohio
  • First Chicago/NBD Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
  • First Nationwide Bank, Sacramento, California
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio
  • Hahn, Loeser and Parks LLP, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio
  • Richard E. Jacobs Group, Cleveland, Ohio
  • KeyBank, Cleveland, Ohio
  • LTV Steel Company, Cleveland, Ohio
  • McDonald, Hopkins & Hardy, Cleveland, Ohio
  • NACCO Industries, Cleveland, Ohio
  • National City Bank, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nurenberg, Plevin, Heller & McCarthy, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ostendorf-Morris Company, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Roulston & Company, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • RPM, Inc., Medina, Ohio
  • Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn, Columbus, Ohio
  • State Savings, Columbus, Ohio
  • Thompson, Hine & Flory, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Travel Centers of America, Cleveland, Ohio
  • TRW, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Turner & Jovanovich, Los Angeles, California
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
  • West Pac Bank of Australia, Columbus, Ohio

Selected Commissions

  • American Diabetes Association, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Carton Service, Inc., Shelby, Ohio
  • Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dalad Group, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Forest City Foundries Company, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Greenleaf Capital Management, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Home Federal Savings and Loan, Lakewood, Ohio
  • Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio
  • International Printing Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • KeyBank, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood, Ohio
  • Ostendorf-Morris Company, Cleveland, Ohio
  • The Richard Jacobs Group, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Republic Steel, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Rocky River Public Library, Rocky River, Ohio
  • Roulston & Company, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • RPM, Inc., Medina, Ohio

Selected Publications

  • The Archives Speak by Rotraud Sackerlotzky and Roger Welchams; 2014
  • Splash 13: Alternative Approaches by Rachel Wolf; 2012
  • Who's Who in American Art; 2013, 10-11, 09-10, 07-08, 05-06, 03-04, 01-02, 99-00, 97-98, 95-96
  • Who's Who in American Women; 2010-2011, 08-09, 06-07, 04-05, 02-03, 97-98
  • Book of Hearts by Mary Lou Ferbert; 2008
  • Splash 10: Passionate Brushstrokes by Rachel Wolf; 2007
  • Uncommon Beauty by Pablo Wolfe Watercolor, Summer Issue; 2006
  • Creative Essence: Cleveland’s Sense of Place by Nina Gibans; 2004
  • Painting Light and Shade by Patricia Seligman; 2004
  • A Flowering of Talent The Artists Magazine; May 2002
  • Glencoe Literature Readers Choose Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; 2000, 2002
  • Heroic Urban Wildflowers by Elizabeth McClelland; Watercolor, Winter Issue; 2002
  • Splash 7: Qualities of Light by Rachel Wolf; 2002
  • Celebrating your Creative Self by Mary Todd Beam; North Light Books; 2001
  • The Artist’s Sketchbook by Lucy Watson; 2001
  • Watercolor Expressions by Betty Lou Schlemm; 1999
  • Splash 5: Best of Watercolor, The Glory of Color by Rachel Wolf; 1998
  • Best of Watercolor: Painting Texture by Betty Lou Schlemm; 1997
  • The Best of Watercolor 2 by Betty Lou and Tom Nicholas Schlemm; 1997
  • Fresh Flowers: The Best of Flower Painting by Kathy Kipp; 1996
  • Flowers in Watercolor by Betty Lou and Tom Nicholas Schlemm; 1996
  • Places in Watercolor Betty Lou and Tom Nicholas Schlemm; 1996
  • A Trustee’s Account: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History by Arthur L. Dougan; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History; 1995
  • Splash 4: The Splendor of Light. North Light Books by Rachel Wolf; 1996
  • The Best of Watercolor 1 by Betty Lou and Tom Nicholas Schlemm; 1995
  • David S. Ingalls, Jr. Award for Excellence Mary Lou Ferbert; Kirtlandia No. 48; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History; 1994
  • The Art of Mary Lou Ferbert by Elizabeth McClelland; Ohio Artists Now; 1993
  • Splash 2: Watercolor Breakthroughs by Rachel Wolf; 1993
  • Splash: America’s Best Contemporary Watercolors by Greg Albert and Rachel Wolf; North Light Books; 1991
  • The Jacobs Collection by Jeffrey Deitch; 1990
  • On Exhibition: A Survey of Paintings Shown Recently in Galleries and Museums Watercolor88; 1988
  • Nature in the City by Mary Lou Ferbert; Science Education Council of Ohio, Vol.4, No. 1; 1986
  • The Huntington Collection Huntington Banks; 1986
  • Burned in the Hot-stove League by Bob McKay; Ohio Magazine Vol. 8, No. 2; 1985
  • Today’s Youngsters-Tomorrow’s Decision Makers by Mary Lou Ferbert; Nature Study, Vol. 36, Nos. 3 and 4; The American Nature Study Society; 1983
  • Cleveland Calendar International Printing Corporation; 1982
  • Nature in the City by Mary Lou Ferbert; Science and Children, Vol. 19, No. 3; 1981
  • Artistic Contrast by Cynthia Dettlebach; Dialogue, Ohio’s Art Journal; July/August 1979
  • Nature in the City by Mary Lou Ferbert; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History; 1979
  • An Empty Lot Is Not Empty by Mary Lou Ferbert; The Explorer, Vol. 17, No. 2; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History; 1975