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Duane Reed Gallery
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Mary Giles
Mary on the St. Croix
The gallery is saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved artist, Mary Giles.

Internationally recognized fiber artist Mary Giles died April 11 at her home on the St. Croix river near Stillwater, Minnesota. MS. Giles represented the United States at the 10th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, in Contemporary International Basketry at the Barbicon Center , London, was recognized as the 2013 Master of Fiber Art by the Renwick Alliance, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museums and her work is in the collections of over 15 museums throughout the United States including the St. Louis Art Museum.

Born Mary Jo Mortenson in St. Paul, Minnesota, she graduated from Mankato State University where she met and married Doug Giles. He became Director of Human Resources for the May Company in St. Louis, Missouri. After their divorce, Ms. Giles remained in St. Louis teaching in the Ladue School District. Upon her retirement she devoted herself as a studio artist and was variously represented by the Okun Galley, St. Louis and Sante Fe, R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, and BrownGrottaArts, Wilton, CT, She married Jim Harris, a St. Louis architect, and upon his retirement moved to Minnesota. Textile Center, St. Paul, Minnesota presented Mary Giles: A Retrospective in 2015 and a major retrospective of her work is being organized by the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin.

Ms. Giles was an active conservationist working for wilderness protection with the Minnesota Land Trust and saving sea turtles with Verdiazul in Junquillal, Costa Rica.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014, she is survived by her husband Jim Harris, her sister Jane Sweeney (John E. Sweeney) Stillwater, MN and her brother Tom Mortenson (Mary Ellen Becker) Lehigh Acres, FL. Services will be private. Tributes may be made to Textile Center, St. Paul, or the Minnesota Land Trust.

To view a video interview with Mary discussing her 30+ year career as a fiber artist click
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Wings Dessert Transparency
May Giles Grey Streak Transparency
Ghost Mesa
Mary Giles Fire Stick

Mary Giles received her BS in Art Education from Mankato State University in Minnesota. After receiving her degree she began exploring various textile processes. She honed her fiber techniques through workshops with such fiber artists as Fern Jacobs, Lissa Hunter, Diane Itter, Jane Sauer and John McQueen. Giles beautiful contemporary sculptural forms are constructed using the traditional basketry technique of coiling often combining waxed linen with metal embellishments of copper or iron. Her sources are diverse but central to her work is its reference to nature from her exploration of the property of various materials to the textures, light and shadow and forms of the natural environment. The human figure is used both as a formal reference and as an element of commentary.

Selected Exhibitions

2016  SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
2015   SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
2014 SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
2013 SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery 2012   SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
2010   Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, MO
2009   Masters of Contemporary Basketry, Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
           SOFA Santa Fe, Duane Reed Gallery
           SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
2008   SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
2007   SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
           Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2006  Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA
2005   Arizona University Museum, Tempe, AZ
           Long Beach Museum of Art, CA
2004  Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2003 Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2002 Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
2001 10th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz,
PolandMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
2001 Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
2000 Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
Craft Council, London, England
1998 Barbican Center, London, England
1995 St. Louis Art Museum, MO
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1994 Dennos Museum Center, Travers City, MI
1993 Waterloo Museum of Art, IA
Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
1989 American Craft Museum, NY
1987 Erie Art Museum, PA
1985 Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

Museum Collections

Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
St. Louis Art Museum, MO

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