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Artist Mary Beierle grew up alongside the Los Angeles Mountains and has trekked throughout the mountains and glaciers of the American West. The tectonic shifts and visual effect in that rugged terrain are major influences in her work.
Her “Monolith” sculptures, which resemble glaciers, emerge and recede in space. With pieces ranging in size from miniature to massive, Beierle creates art that viewers can touch, peer into, and encounter from various perspectives.
Mary Beierle initially studied biopsychology and began her formal art studies after living in Europe and Asia. She received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. While working toward her Graduate degree, she received grants to study Alaskan Glaciers, Paleolithic cave art, and the art of Italy, Korea, and China.
Mary Beierle’s art has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Lishui Museum (China); Fête Picasso (France); Shoshana Wayne Gallery (USA); Saltzbrand Ceramic (Germany); Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts (USA); W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery (USA); and Wignall Museum Gallery (USA). She has received the Dan McGrath Award for Excellence in Art, the Art Graduate Award for Outstanding Achievement, Purchase Award Ink and Clay 30, and the Beverly G. Alpay Art Award.
Beierle teaches art at Chaffey and Cypress Colleges. She is a Visiting Artist at California State University, Bakersfield and a Resident Artist at the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
This exhibit is on view until November 3, 2019.