Mary DeWitt Painting
1949, Marshalltown, Iowa
1983, BFA, Syracuse University, cum laude
1985, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, full scholarship
1986, MFA, University of Pennsylvania, scholarship
2003, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
2004, Fabric Workshop and Museum
2018, September 4-28, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA. Reparations for Incarceration, Portraits of Pennsylvania women sentenced to life without parole and talks with Paulette Carrington
2017, November 4, 2016- January 18, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, Recent portraits of life sentenced women with videos and a 2016 series of abstract paintings
2016, April 13- May 15, George Washington Hall, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, Release! Portraits and video of women sentenced to life without parole
2014, October 5-30, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA, “Then and Now, Portraits of Women in Prison”, Thirteen portraits of women with accompanying audio or video
2012, December 11, 2011-January 10, the “A” Space, West Philadelphia, PA, New paintings and portraits of life- sentenced women
2010, September and October 16, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, “Pardon Me”, a retrospective exhibition of portraits and video of life-sentenced women
2010, March-November, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA, “Pardon Me”, Portraits with Voices of four life-sentenced women
2001, October- December, Bucknell University, Samek Art Gallery, Lewisburg, PA, Portraits of life-sentenced women
2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, May- November, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA
Installation of portraits and voices of life-sentenced women
1994, Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard, “I Face Myself/ I Face You”, Philadelphia, PA, A tent installation with walls as portraits of life-sentenced women with their voices.
2018, September 20- December, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia,PA , Leeway Foundation Making Space
2017, September 10-December 10, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, Philadelphia Assembled, Philadelphia, PA, Portrait of deceased juvenile lifer, Sharon Wiggins
2016, April 30-September 11, Arresting Patterns, African American Museum in Philadelphia, portraits of Avis Lee and Kennetta Andrews
2015, February 26- June 30, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, “Release”. Eleven portraits of women serving life without parole in Pennsylvania
2015, February 22- May 4, Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center, Wallingford, PA, An exhibition in conjunction with Michelle Alexander speaking about her book The New Jim Crow
2015, January 17- March 14, Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Taplin Gallery, Princeton, NJ, “the Bigger Picture”. Four portraits: two of women serving life-sentences and two of women working in prison to help them. Accompanying videos include each subject’s voice and the development of each portrait and narrative
2012, December, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, “Voices and Faces of Mass Incarceration”. Four panel portraits with narrative about life-sentenced women Sharon Wiggins, Marie Scott, Marilyn Dobrolenski, and Cyd Berger, painted and shown in a 1994 NEA funded installation as tent walls, in Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard
1995, “Art and the Law”, Portrait of life-sentenced Sherri Robinson, West Publishing Annual Exhibition, traveling nationally with the American Bar Conventions. Selected for publication in the ABA Journal
1991, July- August, Moore College of Art Levy Gallery, “Doing Life”, My portraits and self-portraits by life sentenced men and women sentenced to life without parole at SCI Muncy and SCI Graterford
Grants and Awards:
2022, Leeway Foundation Fall Art and Change Grant.
2022, Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant.
2018, Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.
2017, Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.
2017, The Puffin Foundation, LTD Award.
2016, Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.
2015, Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.
2013, The Puffin Foundation, LTD Award.
2011, The Puffin Foundation, LTD Award.
2010, Leeway Foundation Transformation Award.
2009, Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.
2005, August, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend funding the Painted Bride Solo Exhibition.
2003, August, Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity funding a mural, hand-made hand painted tile portrait of life-sentenced Rose Dinkins mural at 44 and Locust in West Philadelphia.
2001, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts funding a Special Opportunity Stipend to apprentice with a ceramist.
2000, Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity funding a hand painted tile mural portrait of life-sentenced Cyd Berger at 3rd and Poplar, in Northern Liberties, PA.
1998, The Puffin Foundation, LTD Award, funding website of Cyd Berger, life-sentenced at SCI Cambridge Springs, PA.
1994, New Forms Regional NEA Grant funding City Hall Courtyard Tent in Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard.
1994, Womens Way Discretionary Fund funding Philadelphia City Hall Tent.
1994, Bread and Roses Fund supporting Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard Tent.
1992, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship.
1989-91, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Artist in Residency Program also funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Inmate General Welfare Fund of Pennsylvania State Corrections, and the Pennsylvania Prison Society, teaching painting in the State Correctional Prisons in Pennsylvania primarily at SCI Muncy, the only state correctional facility for women.
You Tube Publications:
All of the publications are accompanied by narrative and still photographs of my developing portraits.
2017, published September 13, 3:44, Rise, Sharon Wiggins, Sharon Wiggins describes her grandmother’s memory of the KKK
2016, published November 21, 3:47, Sharon Wiggins: a KKK Memory, Sharon Wiggins, who was raised by her grandmother, describes her grandmother’s memory
2016, published March 23, 4:08, Brenda Watkins Lives the New Jim Crow, Brenda Watkins describes a defining childhood moment
2016, published March 14, 4:52, Rose Dinkins Speaks, Rose Dinkins describes her family relationships
2015, published October 27, 3:57, Teri Smallwood, Incarcerated 43 Years, Teri Smallwood talks about her experience as an African-American wrongfully incarcerated
2015, published April 14, 2:13, David, Ocean, David talks about life with Parkinson’s
2015, published January 14, 5:24, LJ Kittle, 1985-2014, The Evolution of the Prison Industrial Complex, LJ Kittle, a Clinical Supervisor, overseeing treatment at SCI Muncy from 1985-2014, describes the evolution of the Prison Industrial Complex and the consequences
2014, published September 9, 4:37, Cyd Berger, Then and Now, Life-Sentenced Cyd Berger describes her relationship with her children, her accomplishments while in prison and her goals
2014, published March 20, 6:20, Kennetta Andrews, Then, A guard at the SCI Muncy from the 1970s- 1990’s, Kennetta Andrews describes the prison as an African-American in the early 1970’s
2014, published March 2, 6:55, Avis Lee, Then and Now, Life-Sentenced Avis Lee describes her crime in 1979 and her activity in 2013 at SCI Cambridge Springs