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  • Writer's pictureMary Young

The Blues

Don't worry if you missed this event. Mary Young wears her event all the time. Indeed, she is the Indigo Lady. Spiritual and deep in hue, the color indigo warms the heart, just like Mary. The beauty of indigo decorates walls and furniture, but it is splendid on clothing.


Mary welcoming the day in indigo tie dye


Indigo magic in this slideshow!


Indigo designs bags, socks, and prints.


Paying homage to the trees.


Garden Spice women: Tekla, Mary, (in indigo), and susan surround me,, Had a glorius time


Mary Young provides instruction in Textile Design inspiring and guiding artistry at institutions including the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program; South-Side Community Art Center; Hyde Park Art Center and Arthur Dixon Elementary School.

Mary is known for her leadership positions in Arts Administration at cultural institutions throughout the City of Chicago and served on grant panels with the Illinois Arts Council and Department of Cultural Affairs. Mary’s exhibitions have included galleries in Michigan City, IN(Southern Shore Art Association); Chicago, IL (Pop-up Exhibition/THE ROOM);(Under The Bridge Studio/Gallery); (South-Side Community Art Center); (BLANC Gallery); GlenEcho, MD (Glen Echo Gallery); and Washington, DC (Mary McCloud Bethune Museum). Additionally, several of Mary’s Tapestries can be found in private collections throughout SanFrancisco, CA.

She is the recipient of several awards including a Study-Abroad Program to Italy, an International Artist Exchange Program to Australia, and a Summer Artist Residency with the Department of Interior, Parks and Recreation, in Washington, DC. Mary was awarded an Inaugural Residency Program in 2015-16 with THE ROOM in Chicago, IL, followed by a Merit Scholarship to Ox-Bow School of Art & Residencies for Summer 2016 in Saugatuck, MI. More recently she was awarded a Teaching Artist Residency at the Hyde Park Art Center in2018. Currently, Mary is the recipient of four commissions with the Hyde Park Art Center’s “Not Just Another Pretty Face” Program culminating with a Group Exhibition during the Fall/Winter2019-2020 with a catalog.

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