Mary Ann Michna grew up in a southwestern Chicago suburb where she spent her youth dreaming up creative projects for herself and the neighborhood kids. A few of these creative pursuits included digging for buried treasure in a nearby vacant lot, building club houses and organizing a museum in the family garage.
Mary Ann’s colorful paintings and mixed media works are based on her observations of a disappearing and always changing American landscape. Her influences come from frequent road trips. Historical influences include Matisse, Lautrec, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.
Her artwork has been exhibited at the Pratt Institute Galleries, The Drawing Center in Soho, New York, The Jersey City Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, Swope Art Museum, Indianapolis Art Center, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, the Evansville Museum, Paris Bicentennial Art Center and Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, History & Science, University of Southern Indiana McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Women’s Institute and Gallery, Stutz Art Gallery, Arts Illiana Gallery, Woodburn and Wescott Contemporary Fine Arts, Purdue University Galleries, Indiana State University Art Gallery, and the former Bomb Shelter Gallery, once part of Indiana University Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington.
She studied painting and photography at Purdue University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1975. In 1978, she received a Master in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She has worked as a photographer/videographer with patrons/clients including the Indiana State Library, “Across Indiana” produced by WFYI Public Media, Indianapolis Historical Society’s Traces magazine, Indiana State Museum, Art Spaces Inc., Sheldon Swope Art Museum, and the City of Jersey City, New Jersey.
In the 1990s, while working as a videographer/photographer for the Indiana State Library, she maintained a studio in the historic Stutz Business Center, home of The Stutz Artists Association, in Indianapolis. In the decade following, she relocated her art studio to downtown Terre Haute. The years 2005 and 2006 included service as Director of the Paris Bicentennial Art Center, followed by a year as Curator, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre
Currently she works out of her studio in historic New Harmony, Indiana.