Featured Artist


Mary Newton

Grand Prize Award Recipient
Purchase Award Recipient
Mary Newton
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Mary Newton received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati. Her work was recently exhibited in London, UK at the Sunny Prize Exhibition. She has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. She has received two NEA grants from the Kentucky Arts Council in Painting, a Great Meadows Foundation Grant, and residency fellowships through the VCCA in Amherst, VA and Auvillar, France. Her work has appeared in several publications including New American Paintings and The Washington Post. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

Artist Statement

There is a tension between subjective expression and observation in my work. In this series of ocean paintings, the use of color, pattern, and light draw the viewer into the work, yet present in these enticing aquatic environments exists elements caused by man-made pollution and climate change which threaten the existence of these fragile ecosystems so essential to all forms of life.

2020 Kleinhelter Gallery, New Albany, IN 2014 Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY 2012 Firehouse Gallery, Louisville , KY 2005 Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY

2022 Sunny Art Prize Exhibition, Sunny Art Center, London England
2019 Monochrome, Site Brooklyn Gallery, New York, NY
2019 River Artists Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY
2018 Five States Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN
2015 10th Anniversary Show Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Auvillar, France
2013 Gallery Artists Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY
2010 Midwest Annual, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IL
2004 About Face, Contemporary Portraits, New Harmony Gallery, New Harmony, IN
2003 Red Clay Survey, Huntsville, Museum of Art Huntsville, AL
2001 Kentucky Women Artists, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, KY
2000 Midwest Annual, Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN
1999 Southeast Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
1998 Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
1998 Drawing From Perception, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
1998 Representational Painters, Alan R. Hite Institute, University of Louisville
1997 Exhibition 280, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
1996 Drawing From Perception, Wright State U., Dayton, OH
1996 Group Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY

2020 Short Listed Artist for Arts Council of England Sponsored Sunny Prize, London England
2012 Fellowship Award and Residency, VCCA International Program, Auvillar France
2009 Fellowship Award, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2000 Al Smith Fellowship, Painting, Kentucky Arts Council
1996 Juror’s Award and Purchase Award, Drawing from Perception, Wright St. U., Dayton, OH
1992 Al Smith Fellowship, Painting, Kentucky Arts Council


2021 Washington Post Weekend Section
2020 Leo Magazine
2014 Louisville Magazine
2001 Whatever Mortal, Papa M, CD and Album Cover, Drag City Records, Chicago, IL
2001 Christian Science Journal, Vol. 119 No. 5, Boston, MA
2000 New American Paintings, XXII, Open Studio Press, Wellesley MA
1997 New American Paintings, IX, Open Studio Press, Wellesley, MA

Churchill Downs
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Brown-Foreman Distilleries Corporation Norton Hospital
J. Graham Brown Cancer Center
Jewish Hospital
Kosair Children’s Hospital Novak Center

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