Mary Lou Olds


Almost all of my artwork begins with a concept. Every aspect of the work is chosen to share that idea, visually, emotionally, and intellectually. The concept dictates technique, style, materials, composition, colors and so much more.

Openness to new ideas, collaboration, and extensive time in the studio have driven my artistic maturity. My objective is to become more prolific, expressive and comfortable with a wide range of media.


University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Bachelor of Journalism in Broadcast Journalism
May 1982

University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
May 1982

English, Film & Photography, Fine Arts, Geography


Adrian Center for the Arts
Members’ Exhibit 2017, Animals We Love 2018, Croswell Invitational 2018, Trading Places 2018 and 2019, Commonality 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, Passages 2020, Holiday Market 2020, Celestial Bodies 2021

Ann Arbor City Club Art Festival
Demonstrating and Exhibiting Artist 2019

Demonstrating Artist 2017, 2018, 2021

Art Insight Emporium
The Ophelia Exhibit 2017, Michigan Love 2018, Grand Opening – Exhibit 2019

Art 634
Blue Event 2019

Carnegie Studios
Holiday Open House 2018, 2019

Clinton Arts Center
Service and Sacrifice 2015, Holiday Sale 2016, Lenawee Artist Lounge Exhibit 2016

Community Arts of Tecumseh
Member Show 2016

Devils Lake Art Walk
Demonstrating and Exhibiting artist 2019 & 2021

Hidden Lake Gardens
Art of Bonsai 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Huron Valley Art Collective
Summer Exhibit 2021

Indiana Dunes State Park
New Chautauqua Exhibit 2021

First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh
For the Beauty of the Earth 2017, 2018, 2019

K Gallery
About Face 2019, This Land is Our Land 2019

Lenawee Artists Lounge
It’s a Barbie World 2016, Double Standard 2017

Lenawee Byways Art Tour
Demonstrating, Exhibiting and Studio Artist 2017, 2018, 2019

Lincoln High School
Solo artwork displayed at Lincoln Public Schools Administration Building 1971-72

Manitou Beach Art Walk
Demonstrating and Exhibiting Artist 2019, 2021

Northville Art House
Small Works 2020, Shear Madness 2021, Members’ Exhibit 2021

Ongoing Conversation
Come Together International Tapestry Project 2021

St. Joseph Cancer Care Center
Permanent Collection

Siena Heights University – INAI Gallery
Earth Our Home 2018

South Haven Center for the Arts
Just Drawing 2017, (re) Purpose 2018, Members’ Exhibit 2019, Members’ Exhibit 2021

Tecumseh Art Walk
Demonstrating and Exhibiting Artist 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Tecumseh District Library
Solo Exhibits 2017, 2019

University of Michigan Book Arts Collection and Ann Arbor District Library
Mail Art Project 2020

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Solo Exhibit 1974, Solo Exhibit 1975

Westside Art Hop
Exhibiting Artist 2021

Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh

Fiber Art
Mixed Media Collage


Clinton Arts Center

Marketing Manager
2015 – 2016

Community Arts of Tecumseh
Executive Director
2012 – 2013

Lenawee Art Works
Volunteer team member
2017 – 2019

Lenawee Byways Art Tour
Volunteer committee member
2017 – 2019


Adrian Center for the Arts
Participant in drawing, silk dying, pastel, plaster art, and printmaking classes
2017 – 2020

Ann Arbor Arts Center
Participant in mono-printmaking

Clinton Arts Center
Participant in ceramics classes

Community Arts of Tecumseh
Participant in batik, drawing, fiber art, jewelry making, pastel, photography, and printmaking classes
2012 – 2015

Rizzolo Water Media Collage Workshop
2016 – 2019