Mary Obering


Mary Obering, Drop Series #10, 1971

Mary Obering (b. 1937, Shreveport, d. 2022, New York) received a BA in Psychology at Hollins College in 1959. She studied calculus at Radcliffe College (Harvard’s women’s college) and did post- bachelor work in experimental psychology with BF Skinner at Harvard shortly after. She received an MFA in painting from the University of Denver in June 1971, and shortly thereafter she moved to NYC.

Obering’s works have been included in exhibitions at 1975 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Artists Space, New York; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; The Denver Art Museum and Nelson-Atkins Museum among others. Her works are in the permanent collections of major institutions, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Perez Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum.


Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Mary Obering: Works from 1972 – 2003

Mary Obering: Works from 1972 – 2003

7 Jan – 26 Feb 2022

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Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Window Series, 1973

Window Series, 1973

11 Oct – 9 Nov 2019

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Book cover on plain gray background with title of Mary Obering

Mary Obering

Inventory Press, Kayne Griffin, and Bortolami Gallery