Mary Brodbeck Woodblock
610 W. Willard St., Unit D
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
1996-1999 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; Master of Fine Arts
1977-1982 Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI; Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Industrial Design.
Specialist in teaching the traditional methods of Japanese woodblock
printmaking by means of public lectures and demonstrations, workshops,
community education courses, college & university courses,
and private lessons. Position highlights include: Visiting
Center for Michigan Universities, Hikone, Japan (2006 & 2007); Visiting
Press & Gallery, Beresford,
SD and Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI (2008);
and Part-time Faculty, Kalamazoo Institute
of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI (2000-2008).
Have been accepted in over 60 national art competitions, receiving
15 national awards. Have had 20 solo exhibitions in Michigan and
have participated in over 50 joint or group shows throughout the
United States, Canada and Japan. Highlights include: Forest Hills
Fine Art Center, Grand Rapids, MI;(2006); Print Shows
with Y. Funasaka at Rutan Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo (2003, 2005 & 2007);
Joint Print Exhibition at Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH (2008).
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Portfolio, as a recipient
of a three-week artist-in-residency at Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Lakeshore Park in autumn of 2006, this series
of ten color woodblock prints depicts the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Reflections of Superior – Artists Under Sail, participating
artist and exhibit coordinator for a traveling exhibition based upon
a sailing circumnavigation of Lake Superior. Developed brochure and
publicity material, wrote all contracts, and secured all exhibition
locations. Exhibited in ten locations in Michigan and Ontario, Canada
East Meets West Print Exchange Exhibition,
participating artist and exhibit coordinator for Tokyo/Kalamazoo
print exchange. Accomplishments
include: developing prospectus and catalog, applying and receiving
grant support, publishing article in a national journal (Graphic
Impressions), and promoting, organizing and presenting this 120
piece print show
Have received six grants and one fellowship including the prestigious
BUNKA-CHO Fellowship, a five-month-long Japanese government sponsored
program to study Japanese woodblock printmaking in Tokyo with Y.
First Prize awards from American Color Print
Society, Cheltenham, PA (2005) and Celebrating Contemporary
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania OH (2006).
Invited to four Artist-In-Residency programs including Sleeping
Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI (2006) and Isle Royale
National Park (2000).
Seven United States Patents, furniture (1990-93).