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Exhibition: "States of Being," new work by Mary Manusos

Exhibition: "States of Being," new work by Mary Manusos

Daniel King | Sep 7, 2017

An exhibition celebrating new work by Mary Manusos is on view in the Trisolini Gallery in Baker Center through September 30, 2017. Photo by Daniel King.

Join the School of Art + Design in celebrating the work of longtime Professor Mary Manusos with the exhibition States of Being on view through September 30 in the Trisolini Gallery in Baker Center. There is an artist talk and alumni reception scheduled for Friday, September 22, 5:30–8 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

State of Being consists of more than 40 recent works created by Mary Manusos from 2013–2017, including etchings and wood block prints. These works, from flower forms to architectural landscapes, are printed on hand-made papers and informed by an interest in Latin American cultures in San Diego and abroad.

Hotel Granada, 2016, Mary Manusos

“The works I create are influenced by the marriage of my past, my opinions about our current affairs and our future. I make references to these states in my works more and more. East meets west, past verses present, now verses later, soft verses hard reality. This is what I rely on in my works with layers of liquid colored paper pulp, paint and printed images of etchings and woodcuts,” said Manusos.

“Her work embodies a complex pattern of meaning in spite of the apparent simplicity of the selected motifs. Manusos' greatest achievement rests in eliminating any dated quality from her work, the work remains timeless. Here is a spontaneous and contemporary art created by someone aesthetically mature. A clear art produced by a youthful artist, that is totally devoid of prejudices.” 

—Dr. Inez M. Flores, historian and critic from Mexico City, Mexico, in a review of an exhibit at the Sala de Artes del Colegio de Arquitectos de Pichincha, in Quito, Ecuador, in 1991.



"Hotel Granada," woodblock print on hand-made
color paper, 2016, by Mary Manusos.


Manusos began teaching at the School of Art, now known as The School of Art + Design, in 1972 and has been a key member of the printmaking program ever since. She earned both an M.F.A. and an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, and a B.A. from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. She is represented by The Old Print Shop (NYC), CJ Gallery (San Diego,  CA), Judith Racht Gallery (Three Oaks, MI) and Susan Street Gallery (Solana Beach, CA).

Exhibition coverage in The Post:


The School of Art + Design has planned a series of related events in September coinciding with this exhibition, including Alumni INKAHOOTS, a three-day series of studio demonstrations and talks by visiting alumni artists, scheduled September 20–22 in the Seigfred Hall printshops.

Scheduled Artist Talks:



On Saturday morning, September 23, Manusos will give the keynote lecture to kickoff the 2017 printmaking alumni symposium, scheduled for 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium, on the fifth floor of Seigfred Hall. These events are all open to the public and free. 

Alumni Symposium Schedule:

8-9 a.m.—BREAKFAST
9-9:30 a.m.—Mary’s Keynote Talk

9:45-10:45 a.m.—Teaching Opportunities: Post-Secondary Education Alternatives 
(Emily Cline, Elizabeth Foley, Cait Nolan, Sage Perrott)

11 a.m. -12 p.m.—Creating Community Outside of Academia
(Joey Behrens, Laura Drapac, Connie Wolfe, John Cizmar)

12-12:30 p.m.—LUNCH

12:30-1:30 p.m.—6 Individual Artist Talks
(Traci Molloy, Benjy Davies, Robert Newman, Josh Dannin, Anna Tararova, Shawn Smith)

1:40-2:40 p.m.—6 Individual Artist Talks
(Cayla Skillin-Brauchle, Jon Cone, Scott Smith, Susan Urano, Matt Presutti, Frank Oriti)

2:50-3:40 p.m.—5 Individual Artist Talks
(Danielle Wyckoff, Barry O’Keefe, Mark Hackworth, Bobby Howsare, Jeff Carr)

3:50-4:30 p.m.—Alumni INKAHOOTS! — Recaps of the week 

5-7 p.m.—School of Art Welcome Party at the Aethered Eldridge Mural Arch, special guests Coolville Hotclub and Bill Mason & Alumni INKAHOOTS! Exhibition in 2nd Floor hallway cases. 


The Trisolini Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Baker Center, 1 University Drive on the campus of Ohio University.  Regular gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.



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