Mary Block


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Mary Block
About the author

After receiving a BFA from the University of Illinois, Ms. Block attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She briefly entered the University of Iowa’s MFA program but left upon receiving a grant from Allied Casting Corporation, Illinois, through the University of Illinois’ graduate engineering program. Ms. Block served on the staff at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and later, at Columbia College Chicago. She left teaching to complete a Master of Health Sciences degree at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She holds a Mulit-Disciplinary Certificate in Mental Health from the University of Illinois, and is certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis (SIPT) methodology. Her diverse background has shaped her unique vision of the use of figurative sculpture in our society. Her work is known for its elegant and subtle rephrasing of space and accessibility in contexts that might otherwise be stark or empty. Ms. Block’s sculptures have become a part of the Chicago and surrounding area’s architectural, park, and interior landscapes. The Chicago Historical Society holds some of her patterns in its archival collection. New sculptures continue to be added to public and private art collections in the United States and internationally, most often on a commission basis. PUBLIC COMMISSIONS 2009 Grove School. Barrington, IL. 2007 Village of Deerfield. Deerfield, IL. 1999 State of Illinois. Danville Community College. Danville, Illinois. 1997 Las Sendes Sculpture Garden. Phoenix, Arizona. 1996 Columbia College Chicago. Torco Building. Chicago, IL. 1995 Oak Grove Jr. High School. Libertyville, IL. 1995 Chicago Historical Society. Archival Collection. Chicago, IL. 1994 Columbia College Chicago. 11th Street Park. Chicago, IL. 1994 Columbia College Chicago. 11th St. Park. Chicago, IL. 1994 Chicago Bar Association. Chicago, IL. 1993 Kohler Corporation. Kohler, Wisconsin. 1992 Cub Foods/Kelly and Lehr Corp. Palatine, IL. 1991 Chicago Art Institute. Maquette of “Justice” on the model of the Chicago Bar Association Building. Provided by Tigerman/McCurry. 1991 Ravinia Green Golf Club. Ravina, IL. 1985 State of Alaska, Fairbanks North Star School. Fairbanks, Alaska 1984 City of Highland Park. Highland Park, IL. 1980 Mayfair Shopping Mall. Milwaukee, WI. PRIVATE COMMISSIONS/COLLECTIONS Several pieces held by private collectors. GRANTS 2000 Heritage Preservation Fund. Washington 1991 Illinois Arts Council Grant. 1991 Columbia College Chicago. Residency Grant. 1986 Ludwig Vogelstien Foundation Grant.