For twenty-five years I was a Biological Anthropologist studying and then teaching at Kent State University. My research area was the ecology and behavior of New World monkeys.
Some years ago, I resigned my tenured professorship to become a full-time textile artist.
Since then I have exhibited my hand-dyed quilts in numerous national and international shows, and my work is included in many public and private collections.
International Diploma Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. London, UK
Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, School of Biomedical Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, OH
2019 Contemporary Fibers. Tovar House. Oldest House Complex. St Augustine FL. Juried.
Best of Ohio 2019. Ohio Craft Museum. Columbus, OH. Juried.
2018 Peace and Justice. Delaware State University. Dover DE. Juried.
Inspired. Seton Hall University. Greensburg, PA. Juried.
Trumbull Art Gallery Annual Exhibition. Warren, OH. Juried. Juror’s Award.
Botanical Threads: Mary Lou Alexander and Peggy Lynn Cox. Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Youngstown OH and Foster Gallery, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Invited.
Artist as Quiltmaker. Firelands Association for the Visual Arts. Oberlin, OH. Juried.
Best of Ohio 2018. Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH and traveling. Juried.
2017 With These Hands. Ross Art Museum, Delaware, OH. Juried.
blue. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh, PA. Juried.
Best of Ohio 2017. Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH and traveling. Juried.
2016 Material Pulses: Eight Viewpoints. Riffe Gallery, Ohio Statehouse. Columbus, OH. and traveling thru 2023. Invited.
2015 Inaugural Exhibition. Edison Price Gallery. New York, NY. Invited.
International Threads Exhibit. Prague Patchwork Meeting. Prague, Czech Republic. Invited.
Natural Dye Showcase. Mendocino Center for the Arts. Mendocino, CA. Juried.
2013 DEUX. Ste Marie aux Mines, France and traveling. Juried.
Best of Ohio 2013. Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus OH. and traveling. Juried.
2012 Second Life. HeightsArts Gallery, Cleveland Heights, OH. Invited
Creative Statements: Ohio Art Quilts 2012. Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH. Invited.
2011 Contemporary Quilts by Mary Lou Alexander. Foster Gallery. Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Solo.
2010 Color Improvisations: International Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts. Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany, and traveling thru 2013. Invited.
Quilt=Art=Quilt. Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY. Juried.
2009 Mary Lou Alexander: Contemporary Quilts. Humphrey Gallery, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH. Solo.
Quilt National: The Best of Contemporary Quilts. The Dairy Barn. Athens, OH. Juried.
Form Not Function. Carnegie Arts Center, New Albany, IN. Juried.
2008 Marbaum Collection: 25 Years of Contemporary Quilts. The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH. Invited.
Shibori Cut Loose. The Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN. Juried.
Art Quilts Lowell. Brush Gallery, Lowell MA. Juried.
2006 Threads and Fragments. McDonough Museum, Youngstown, OH. Solo.
2009 Nancy Crow: New and Recent Works. Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull Gallery. Howland, OH.
2008 Depth and Breadth: Six Quiltmakers in the Twenty-first Century. Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull Gallery. Howland, OH
Columbus Dispatch. Colors Pop in the Riffe Gallery exhibit of quilts, textiles. T. Tonguette. June 12, 2016.
City Scene Columbus. Riffe Gallery Exhibition Looks at Art Quilting. Gabrielle Benton. April 1, 2016.
Surface Design Magazine. Interpreting Nature:Piecing Abstraction. Petra Fallaux. Vol. 38. No. 3. 2014.