Boxed In


San Francisco curated by Kirk Stoller

“Wording” features the work of artists who combine fragments of written language with the potentials of visual experience.  By creating a dialog of work by Seattle based artist Mary Coss, NYC based artist Soledad Arias, NYC based artist Maria Vasconcelos, Bay Area artists Maria Porges and the late Susan O’Malley, “wording” hopes to offer a touch of antidote to the cynicism, suspicion, and numbness caused by this overwhelming circumstance.

Nevertheless, We Persist

For Margaret Sangers FaithAn exhibit about Reproductive Freedom  February 21-April 1.   Columbia City Gallery  Opening Artist Reception Saturday, February 24th from 5-7pm

NARAL Event and Meet the Artists   Sunday, March 18th from 5-7pm

Over 100 years ago, Margaret Sanger created an organization that went on to be Planned Parenthood.  She believed that “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.” Nine artists come together to explore the issue of reproductive freedom and its impact not only on individual women but on our nation.

Artists: Holly Ballard Martz, Ellen Berdinner, Sandi Bransford, Louise Britton, Mary Coss, Rosalie Frankel, Laurie Fronek, Sandi Goldstein, Ellen Hochberg, and Terra Holcomb


Community Art Show at Tacoma Art Museum

Like Mother, Like Daughter
January 10, 2018 – March 29, 2018
Opening Reception: March 15, 2018 from 5-7:30pm

Taken from the phrase “like mother, like daughter,” this group show features 22 multi-disciplinary artworks created by women in tribute to our moms (and mothers everywhere). Our moms were jet-setters, ballerinas, writers, debutantes, scientists, pioneers, etc. Some survived wars, mental-illness, racism – their stories are as fascinating as the art they inspired. The artist-daughters in this show share visual and written stories, deeply considering the personal yet universal themes about one of the most beautiful and complex relationships – mother to daughter.

Traces (detail above) is a story of cultural inheritance, life, lineage, & loss. This work gives voice to the lost identities of my foremothers. The maiden names of my ancestors, each lost in marriage and gone before its time, is honored here as in a family journal. Their shadows, like the names themselves are ethereal. Like chasing shadows, or chasing ghosts, each name is but the name of a father.Traces is a story of cultural inheritance, life, lineage, & loss. This work gives voice to the lost identities of my foremothers. The maiden names of my ancestors, each lost in marriage and gone before its time, is honored here as in a family journal. Their shadows, like the names themselves are ethereal. Like chasing shadows, or chasing ghosts, each name is but the name of a father.

www.tacomaartmuseum.org   1701 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA

Chop Challenge

Happy to be part of the 5th Annual EILEEN FISHER Renew Chop Challenge

Columbia City Gallery November 15- January 7

“Innovative works by over 40 regional artists, including Janice Arnold, Mary Coss, Marita Dingus, Elizabeth Jameson, Patti King, Anna Mahar, and Junko Yamamoto

The artists have transformed damaged textiles into something entirely new, which embodies EILEEN FISHER’s commitment to being circular by design and addressing wastefulness in the fashion industry.”

Artists’ Reception, Saturday, November 18, 5-7pm 









What Would Betsy Ross Do? A New American Flag Project


Disunion is a welded wire flag with the 2nd Amendment written into the stripes. The red and blue thread stars barely hang onto the gauze, split in their sections with barbed wire surrounding the flag.

July 6, 2017 – July 29, 2017

ArtXchange  512 First Ave S  Seattle, WA 98104

This exhibit showcases creative reactions to the political climate of the United States. Seattle-based artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine imagined Betsy Ross, the creator of the iconic Stars and Stripes, conceiving a design for the American flag in 2017. This contemplation is the inspiration for the exhibit. Artists use the flag as subject matter, redesign it and embed their flags with new meaning. The exhibition is a range of reactions, resistance and the action of taking charge of one’s viewpoint and delivering it through art.

Featuring artists Mary Coss, Ann Boles, Benjamin George Filinson, Betz Bernhard, Carolyn Autenreith, Deborah Mersky, Dorit Ely, Ella Chodos-Irvine, Erin Shigaki, Hawo Ali, Holly Ballard Martz, Jean Hicks / Jeanne Hearn / Jennifer Kennard / Josie Iselin / Julie Paschkis, Juliette Delfs, Kathy Bennett, Kieren Dutcher, Laura Sinai, Mare Blocker, Margaret Bovingdon, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Nina Crocker & Ravenna Resistance Flag group and Suzanne Uschold.





Three Graces at Matzke Fine Art and Design

I started weaving monumental skirts from 2000’ of barbed wire as our congressional representatives started to weave gender based limitations into our medical coverage. On top of the menacing skirts sit the seductive figures that reclaim their power and breathe a warning “KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF ME”

Sculpture Park 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Is., WA






ARTRUMPS Resistance and Action

Nevertheless, She PersistedBONFIRE Gallery 603 S Main St Seattle

Throughout history artists have lead the way using their work as a voice of dissent, protest and action for change. ARTRUMPS Resistance and Action presents artists in a variety of mediums, cultures and geographical locations, inspiring people with politically engaged artistic expression and points of view.The artists and the gallery are donating 50% of the sale of work to nonprofits of their choice, organizations working for justice, equality, resistance, legal support and change.


2nd Amendment BookClub

This solo show is an exploration into gun culture as I question what is sacred. The installation binds haunting imagery with formidable data to create visceral stories that contemplate gun rights, loss of life, and the search for healing.DisunionartEAST 95 Front Street North  Issaquah, WA

March 15–May 28, 2017, artEAST Art Center
Artist Talk/National Slow Art Day Saturday, April 8, 4 pm
Opening Reception Saturday, April 8, 6–8 pm
BookClub Sunday, May 21, 3–5 pm

Taking off the Gloves




Mapping Time counts gun deaths in the course of a three-month exhibit. Each Sunday one candle was lit to honor a life taken from gun violence in the US that week (excluding suicide). Approximately 3500 candles were lit. The sage or goddess of hope sits above the USmap overseeing the tragedy. Offering a place of refuge within her heart, the opening contains a video of waves lapping slowed to the rhythm of a heartbeat.

Taking off the Glvoes detail

Artist Holly Ballard Martz, Pcandle-lightingoet Daemond Arrindell, and myself take an intimate look down the barrel – contemplating gun rights, the loss of life, and the search for healing in touching, powerful and sometimes darkly humorous ruminations on America’s weapon of choice.Poetry, sculpture, video and performance meld to tell the saga of gun culture in the exhibit.  KISS FEAR Candles are lit every Sunday to honor lives lost to gun violence that week.   November 3, 2016 – January 28, 2017

Read the review here  


Silent Salinity

I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with several scientists to learn more about the effects of Global Warming on salinity. The work, Silent Salinity, poetry and castings will be shown in Surge at Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA September 2016.


Public DebMary Coss Artist - Bronze Busts & Skirtst to the Suffragette is being shown at Anacortes Arts Festival July 30 – August 7, and Artprize in Grand Rapids, MI September 21- October 9, 2016.

Thank you ACLU for my  Special Recognition Award at Artprize                  “Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice”



Watch the installation video

Magnuson Park Gallery through May 2, 2016. Ubiquity  (castings, wirework and graphite drawing)