about

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.

Artist Statements

In my most recent works I am interested in how our everyday surroundings influence who we are, and how our perception shifts based on personal experiences. Focusing on daily life, and then filtering it through the creative process – I can record, document and reflect.

Region Series – This is an on-going series of landscape paintings based on my travels & living experiences in different regions of the United States. Seeing such diverse landscapes and environments inspired me creatively. The various works are not of any specific location, but filtered through my memories and feelings of the experience. (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.

Education:

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

Awards/Honors/Publications

2019 Miami Art Scene Simulacra

2019 hype.news Simulacra

2013 All Along The Watchtower review

2008 Recipient of the Allen Koss Memorial Senior Portfolio Award in Painting

Exhibitions:

2019

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

2018

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

2016

3 Year Extravaganza!, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL

2015

CANVAS Outdoor Museum: Local Showdown Kick-Off Exhibition, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL

2 Year Extravaganza!, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL

2014

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

2013

All Along The Watchtower, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia PA

Love. Sex. Unity. Respect. , Magoski Arts Colony, Fullerton CA

Art Inter/National, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

2012

Intension, Bridge Club of Center City, Philadelphia PA

2011

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

2008

The Struggle Within, Tyler School of Art -Temple University, Elkins Park PA