Mary Hardy is a mixed media artist living and working on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Her work is an exploration of depth and surface incited by the transformational qualities of memory, lore, and myth. Hardy began her career with a Masters from the University of South Alabama in Art Education. During her tenure, she received the H.E.A.D.W.A.E award as the Faculty recipient for MS Gulf Coast Community College, as well as the MS Humanities Teacher’s Award. Her 27 year teaching career culminated in retirement from her final positions, Instructor of Drawing and Painting and Art Gallery Director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Mary’s work has been shown in solo exhibits, as well as juried and invitational group exhibitions at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Carol Robinson Gallery (New Orleans, LA), South Arkansas Art Center, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica, CA) and many other galleries throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has been recognized with grants, fellowships, and residencies such as a Fellowship from Anderson Ranch Colorado and a Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Award for visual arts. Hardy was named the “2005 Artist of the Year” title, along with one other artist, by the MS Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In addition to teaching and creating, Mary has also served as Curator for the Duckett Gallery at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center for the Arts and Education and as a juror for regional and national art competitions.
Mary continues to share her passion for the arts by teaching workshops at venues throughout Mississippi, such as the historic Tougaloo College in Jackson to the Mary C. Okeefe Cultural Center of Arts in Ocean Springs. Her work is represented by Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans, LA and Fischer Galleries, Jackson MS.
Bill Myers is a life-long artist with a professional career spanning over 50 years. While a student at Delta State University in Mississippi, he conducted his first professional exhibit in the Brooks Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, later graduating with a BFA. Myers continued to exhibit throughout the nation in such galleries as Lois Lambert Fine Arts in Los Angeles, CA, Al Walker Fine Arts in Boston, and the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
Although a majority of his career has been as a studio artist, Mr. Myers has worked in galleries and museums throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, and Colorado. Bill Myers has served as a Preparator for the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (Ocean Springs, MS) and the Joan Robey Gallery (Denver, CO). He has assisted with Wyndy Morehead Gallery in New Orleans, LA and was Director of the Art Who Gallery in Ocean Springs. Myers received 12 appointments as an Artist in Residence for the Colorado Council of Arts in Denver.
Teaching in over six states, his career has taken him from the Clayton Summer Institute for the Arts (1987, Denver, CO) to his current position as a visiting artist for the ArtSmart Program at the Lancaster Youth Intervention Center (Lancaster, PA) where he shares his passion with young people in the juvenile justice system.