Image of Mary
College of Arts and Sciences
I have experience teaching 2 dimensional Design, Color Theory, Drawing, and Introductory/Advanced Painting.
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Drawing
Studio Experiences: Painting
Color Theory
Painting II
Painting III
Painting IV
Research Interests
My painting questions what makes an act heroic in the midst of daunting circumstances. These circumstances are symbolized through acts of nature, representing situations beyond my control, both literally and figuratively. Hundreds of multi-figured narratives and metaphors comprise these scenes in an effort to ask: Is it better to deny futility or accept what cannot be changed? If need is warranted, but not wanted, should it be abandoned? Does it take more courage to be selfless or self-seeking? Through the dichotomous nature of the work, my hope is to create a philosophical discussion regarding the struggle to lead a compassionate life.

MFA, Arizona State University

MS in Occupational Therapy, Washington University

Selected Publications

Stacia Yeapanis.  “OtherPeoplesPixels Interviews Mary Porterfield, Otherpeoplespixels Blog,
      October, 20, 2016.
Syed, Mahjabeen.  "Artist of the Week: Mary Porterfield," Chicago-Woman Magazine, January 23, 2017.

Selected Exhibitions

One and Two Person Exhibitions

 Solo Exhibition, Packer-Schopf Gallery, Chicago, Il.

Two Person Show, Koehnline Museum, Des Plaines, Il.

Solo Exhibition, University of Illinois, Illini Union Art Gallery, Urbana, Il.

Two Person Show, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI.

Two  Person Show, Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Il.

Solo Exhibition, St.Xavier University, Chicago, Il.

Solo Exhibition, Gallery 180, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, Il.

Solo Exhibition, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ.

Solo Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016    Waysides, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan,WI.
2016    Detroit Biennale, Detroit Museum of New Art, Armada, MI.
2016    At River’s Bend: Our Place on the Ohio, Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN.
2016    Landscape/Vision/Interpretation, Robert Morris University, Chicago, Il.
2016    South Shore Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN (Juror: Carrie Johnson, Curator, 
           Rockford Art Museum)
2016    Rosie the Riveter, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, Il.
2016    Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX. (Juror: Sharon Kopriva)

2016    Honorable Mention, Third Coast National,Kspace Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX.
2016    Alexandra Gardner Riddle Memorial Award,Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN.


I have been teaching for 14 years with emphasis on the following: 2D Design, drawing, painting, composition, contemporary content and color theory.  Prior to coming to NEIU, I taught at Arizona State University and the Harrington School of Design.  I am represented by the Packer-Schopf Gallery in Chicago.

FA 252
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Tues/Thurs from 3:30 to 4:00 in FA 212
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae