Mary Tidy-Coyle is a nationally showing/published artist and curator. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA, where she received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Currently Tidy-Coyle lives and works in South Florida as a professor teaching Drawing, Painting & Art History, while continuing to produce and show her work.
In my most recent works I am interested in how an environment can influence who we are, and how personal experiences shift perception. By sifting an experience through the creative process – I can record, document and reflect.
Region Series is an on-going collection of landscape paintings based on my travels and living experiences in different regions of the United States. Seeing such diverse landscapes and environments inspired me creatively, as I ponder our current environmental climate. The idea of a contemporary artist approaching the landscape – a historically traditional subject matter – may seem irrelevant, but I disagree. The landscape has never been more significant, as it is a universal experience that involves – politics, greed, activism and threats of mass extinction. The various works are not of any specific location, but an idyllic filtration of my memories and feelings of an experience reaching obsoletion. (Series includes – West, Northeast, Southeast)
Sketchbook Series – This series includes all of my drawings, which I consider to be as close to a journal or diary I have ever kept – a visual account of my daily life.
Palette Series – This is a collection of abstract painted works on paper, based on restriction and limitation; reducing the palette to a few color choices, and only working within a set time frame.
Video & Mixed Media – In my past artworks I have been a creator of fiction- a storyteller, giving my audience just enough to compose their own narratives. As artist, filmmaker and actor I adorn many disguises in my video work. By inserting myself into an invented world my performance as ‘actor’ allows for the re-invention of self, commenting on issues of identity and gender. In my constructed collages and mixed media paintings I juxtaposes people, places and things, relying on imagination & memory to create an unknown reality; leaving my audience to muse.
2009-2011 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA, MFA
2003-2008 Tyler School of Art – Temple University, Philadelphia PA, BFA Painting, Magna Cum Laude
2019 hype.news Simulacra
2008 Recipient of the Allen Koss Memorial Senior Portfolio Award in Painting
New & Now Faculty Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach FL
Florida Atlantic University – John D. MacArthur Campus Library, Video Installation The Voyage/Frequency (editor, art collaborator), Jupiter FL
Art Palm Beach, Video Installation Frequency (editor, art collaborator), Palm Beach FL
Pop-Up Faculty Exhibition, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth FL
Flora Exhibition, featured ‘Enchanted’ – Cheryl Maeder & Diane Arrieta, Video Editor Mary Tidy-Coyle, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach FL
3 Year Extravaganza!, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
CANVAS Outdoor Museum: Local Showdown Kick-Off Exhibition, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
2 Year Extravaganza!, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
Sea-ing Vintage, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
Language Art, Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach FL
ADORN: the art that surrounds us, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
EXPOSURE: the fine art of photography, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
DETOUR: the fine art of folk, outsider and street art, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
All Along The Watchtower, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia PA
Love. Sex. Unity. Respect. , Magoski Arts Colony, Fullerton CA
Art Inter/National, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
Intension, Bridge Club of Center City, Philadelphia PA
Containment Policy, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia PA
Liminality and the Ephemera To Enter and Exit, Mark and Unmark, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum at Ursinus College, Collegeville PA
110th Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
Venus Delta, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
The Struggle Within, Tyler School of Art -Temple University, Elkins Park PA