Mary Dwyer

Mary Dwyer was born in Bridgeport Connecticut. Her studio is in the historic American Fabrics Building in Bridgeport where cuny lace was once made. Mary has exhibited at Museums and galleries including The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), Noyes Museum (NJ), ODETTA Gallery (New York), Smack Mellon (New York), Melanie Carr Gallery, (Essex, CT), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (New York), The Institute Library (New Haven CT), Artspace (New Haven, CT) , and London design show honoring Frank Lloyd Wright. Her work is in the Flat Files at Melanie Carr Gallery and is listed online by ODETTA on 1st dibs. She is a recipient of Connecticut Artist Fellowship Grant. Her paintings are in the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art.


Mary Dwyer’s work is based in history, drawing and storytelling. The inspiration for Mary’s work revolves around historic events, a love of political cartoons and early portraiture paintings. An integral part of this work is research. Spurred by an innate curiosity and interest in social justice, she creates political, and personal paintings. In the last few years she has been researching and painting works on journalist, free press and the American Suffrage movement.



Bridgeport, Connecticut


Solo Exhibitions

2004 Benedict Arnold, Druggist & Bookseller, Artspace, New Haven, Conn.


2002 NEW/NOW, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Conn


         Patriot’s Weekend, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn


2000 George Washington & His Best Friends, Gallery 13, Danbury, Conn.


        Fourth of July, Bergdorf Goodman Window Display, 5th Avenue, New   

         York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020  Bound up Together, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

          Catenations, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY

          Turner’s Patent Yellow, ODETTA Gallery, New York, NY


2018  Shelf Life, History, Biography & Fame, Institute Library, New Haven, Conn.

          In Grace We Trust Installation, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, Conn

          CT Contemporary, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, Conn


2017  Cool + Collected, Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex Connecticut

          Nasty Women Show, The Institute Library, New Haven, Connecticut


2016  Votes for Women Installation, CWOS New Haven Armory


2015  Appropriation & Inspiration, New Britain Museum of American Art


2014  “Becoming…” ODETTA Gallery, Brooklyn, New York


2010  Women Artists @ New Britain Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art

          Figurative Distance, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery, Hartford


2009   FRANK, Exhibition Inspired by the Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Clarke & Reilly, 

           London, UK.

2006   Don’t Know Much About History, Artspace, New Haven, Conn.


2005  American Folk Art: Traditional and Spontaneous, New Britain Museum of American Art


2002  The Brewster Project, Brewster, New York


1999   L.T.D, Margaret Bodell Gallery, New York, New York

1998   Conviviality & Confetti: Holiday Imagery and Art, Noyes Museum of Art Gallery, N.J

1994   About Face, Real Art ways, Hartford, Connecticut


1993   American Gothic, Art in General, New York, New York


1992   Alien Art, Caged Angel Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts


1991   Somber, Pump House Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut



2008   Artist Fellowship Grant, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism



Bibliography & Publications

Art New England Magazine Studio Visit, Jacquelyn Gleisner, March/April 2020


Women Artists @ New Britain Museum, Sherry Buckberrough, Nancy Noble, January 2011


New American Paintings, Open Studio Press, Wellesley, Massachusetts, February, 1998


Art In General, Manual 1992 and 1993, Copyright: Art in General, New York, New York, 1992



Press & Reviews

Nancy Elsamanoudi "Water of Life" Arcade Project, Oct 10, 2020 

Katherine Gleason "On the Centennial of Women's Voting Rights, Suffragette Style Still Makes a Statement" 1st Dibs, Aug 10, 2020

Brian Slattery “Institute Library Gets 15 Minutes of Fame, New Haven Independent Oct 3,2018


Lucy Gellman “In Shelf Life Biographies Break Free” New Haven Arts Paper Oct 19,2018


Susan Dunne “Melanie Carr Gallery, Earth& Fire Gallery in Essex”, Hartford Courant, Oct.16,2017


Katie Killary, “Our Absolute Favorite Bushwick Art Shows Bushwick Daily, Jan.2, 2015


James Kalm, “Drifting Around Bushwick and the Lower East Side, Rough Cuts, Dec.16, 2015


Ben Genocchio, “Show Gives Art History Meaning” New York Times, Dec. 31st, 2006


Judy Birke, “ArtSpace Provocative Goes Beyond Any Textbook” New Haven Register, Dec.2006


Judy Birke, “The Familiar is Re-examined, Renewed in Disparate Shows” New Haven Register, Aug. 15th, 2004


Eleanor Charles, “Benedict Arnold” New York Times, (The Guide) Aug. 15th, 2004


L.P. Streitfeld, “The Brewster Project Wires the Zeitgeist” The Stamford Advocate, 7/2002

 Diana Bellettieri, “Art Has its Day in Brewster” The Journal News, July 28th, 2002


D. Dominic Lombardi, “Washington: Not the Icon, Sometimes Even a Bit Giddy” The New York Times, March 5th, 2000


Jude Long Schwendenwien, “Lage and Dwyer, Somber” Hartford Courant, November 10th, 1991




New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut


Flat File

Melanie Carr Gallery



BFA The Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut