Education M.F.A. in visual arts Vermont College of Fine Arts B.F.A. in visual arts Northern Illinois University
2017 – 2019 Executive Director Alliance for Animals, Madison, Wisconsin
Identified funding sources and wrote and acquired grants. Wrote effective donor appeals four times a year. Created a sponsorship event package for yearly fundraiser and procured several new sponsors and a new corporate sponsor. Insured that donations were properly recorded, deposited, and acknowledged. Created, planned, organized, and executed events. Wrote and edited newsletter four times a year. Wrote and sent E-news three times a month. Maintained and updated organization website using Word Press. Created posts for organization Facebook page. Kept the organization in the news through various PR tactics including letters to the editor, campaigns, radio/television broadcasts, etc. Served as the point of contact and spokesperson. Developed new literature as required. Managed and motivated volunteer staff to achieve deliberate goals while maintaining a budget. Paid bills and updated licenses/permits. Initiated and oversaw campaigns that furthered mission. Stayed apprised of relevant legislature and alerted members of action to be taken. Spoke at hearings. Responsible for volunteer coordination, membership inquiries, and increased membership.
2015 - 2016 Gallery Coordinator Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, Crystal Lake, Illinois
Coordinated all fine art for monthly 1stFriday art events throughout two main galleries and lobby, hallway, and other/office areas. Attended all art events. Juried in artists, and maintained all communications with artists throughout installation, the events, and de-installation. Coordinated inaugural, fine art fair with over fifty artists. Wrote Calls for Art, press releases, and other communications. Assisted artists with writing artist statements and other promotional materials. Wrote summaries of art events for staff before the events.
2011 - present Instructor Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, Crystal Lake, Illinois Art History/Studio: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Color, Socially Engaged Art
2004 - 2017 Instructor McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois Art History, Business of Art, Drawing, Painting, Color, Life Drawing
2017 Artistic Merit Women’s Works, Woodstock, IL 2013 Compassion Award Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, Crystal Lake, Illinois
2015 Unlocked, Sage Gallery, Crystal Lake, Illinois 2013 Orange Dove, A Radical Pedagogy (benefiting NISRA art students for art supplies), Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, Crystal Lake, Illinois 2008 Art to Heal Hearts (art benefit for NIU shooting victims), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 2005 - 11 1 – 7 Annual Shows (benefitting Pets In Need, Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Helping Paws, and NISRA.org) Mary Telfer Fine Art Studio, McHenry, Illinois 2005 - 6 Art to Wear (benefitting Pets In Need) Crystal Lake, Illinois Exhibitions Juried/Judged 2016 Solo Judge, Women’s Works, Woodstock, IL 2015 Juror, December in Sage Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL 2014 Co-Judge, Wausau Festival of Arts,Wausau, WI 2013 Juror, Wausau Festival of Arts,Wausau, WI 2012 Co-Judge, Wausau Festival of Arts,Wausau, WI 2011 Juror,Wausau Festival of Arts,Wausau, WI 2010 Solo Judge, Wausau Festival of Arts,Wausau, WI
Selected Exhibition Record(*solo shows marked by asterisk) 2018 To Be Heard, Old Courthouse, (invited) Woodstock, Illinois 2017 Women’s Works, Old Courthouse, (juried) Woodstock, Illinois 2016 *The Making of Feeding Time, Old Courthouse, (invited) Woodstock, Illinois 2016Midwest Artists, Genesis Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2015 18th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2015 *Feeding Time, Sage Gallery, Crystal Lake, Illinois 2014 Snap To Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California 2014 December, Lakeside Legacy Arts - Sage Gallery, Crystal Lake, Illinois 2014 A Mermaid and 3 Heads of Cabbage, Gallery 107, North Adams, Massachusetts 2014 *Feeding Time, The Wood Gallery,Montpelier, Vermont 2014 Ladies Who Lunch,ARK gallery, (video) Montpelier, Vermont 2013 Visage: Out of the Ordinary Portraits, Sage Gallery, (juried) Crystal Lake, Illinois 2013 Exploiting What Needs to be Exploited, ARK gallery, Montpelier, Vermont 2013 Orange Dove, a Radical Pedagogy,NISRA, (socially engaged) Crystal Lake, Illinois 2013 The Yellow Wallpaper, ARK gallery, Montpelier, Vermont 2012 Non-literal Self Portraits, ARK gallery, Montpelier, Vermont 2012 Turn It Upside-down, Norris Cultural Arts Center(invitational) St. Charles, Illinois 2011 *Capturing California,Surface Art and Culture, (invitational) Oceanside, California
Selected Bibliography 2017 “Coupon Queens: An Art Piece that Unites Socioeconomics with Animal Welfare 2015 “Just a Female Animal: Using Art and Satire to Illuminate the Relationship Between Consuming Meat and Consuming Women”, Author, Moral Cultures of Food 2013 Amanda Marrazzo, “Artist Profile: Art Evolving”, McHenry County Magazine 2012 Carol L. Zack, “The Inner Circle, Featured Artist: Mary Telfer” http://naac4art.org/news/2012/5/1/the-inner-circle-featured-artist.html 2012 A Banquet for the Starving Artist, Author, e-book, amazon.com 2010 Roxane Wojton, Mommy and Me and Baby Makes Three, Illustrator, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-mommy-and-me-and-baby-makes-three- roxane-wojton/1109679462?ean=9781105066160 2009 “Paintings to benefit Crystal Lake Food Pantry”, Northwest Herald,October 6, 2009, D3 2008 Crystal Lindell, “Using art to heal broken hearts”, Northwest Herald, September 10, 2008,C1
2007 Geneva White, “Pet Projects: Learn how to use your own talent from one artist’s success”Northwest Herald,April 5, 2007, D1 2006 Maggie Mistal, “Not so Starving Artist”, Interview, Martha Stewart Living Radio,New York, New York, July 9, 2006 2006 Tom Musick, “Art to Wear offers jewelry, handbags, pottery, etc.”, Northwest Herald, March 30, 2006, D4 2005 Tom Musick, “Wear it well”, Northwest Herald, October 6, 2005, E1 2005 Tim Kane, “Art show features wearable art to support furry friends”, Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2005 2005 Featured artist,“Around the Coyote”, September, Color Catalogue, Chicago, Illinois 2005 Alan Stewart, “Ever Thought of Manufacturing a Product From Home?”, Home Business Magazine,June, 2005, 32 2005 Michael Gibbs, “Charitable Mix”, Northwest Herald, March 7, 2005, D1 2000 Dave Barnes, “Artists canvas each other at group meetings”, Chicago Tribune, April 5, 2000, C1