The CAC congratulates Mary Warner, this year’s recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for the Excellence in the Arts Category. Mary Warner was one of the dedicated founders of the Contemporary Arts Center, formerly the Contemporary Arts Collective, and one of last year’s GAA recipients. Celebrate all she has done for the Las Vegas arts community in Carson City at the Governor’s Arts Awards on March 2nd and attend the OASIS Conference.
Mary Warner is a visual artist, educator and curator. Born and raised in Northern California, she has lived in Chicago and New York City as well as teaching at the University of Montana, Oklahoma State University an University of Texas San Antonio before finally settling in Las Vegas in 1989. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Over the years she has received an N.E..A. Individual Fellowship, a Mid America Arts Alliance Fellowship and two Nevada Arts Council Individual Fellowships, as well as numerous smaller grants and awards. She is the recipient of the 2011 Governors Art Award for Excellence in the Arts. She has shown her work nationally and internationally. Mary Warners work has been featured in forty three solo exhibitions nationally and she has participated in fifty-five exhibitions across the state. Her work has been exhibited widely outside the state including the Whitney Museum, The Drawing Center and the Louis K Meisel gallery in New York. In California she has shown with Sherry Frumkin Gallery (Santa Monica) Wenger, Zara and Limn Gallery San Francisco and JAYJAY Gallery Sacramnento, Sandy Carson Gallery ,Denver as well as being included in a number of group exhibitions in Italy and the UK.
As an artist and curator , Mary Warner has been critical to the development of the local arts community. She was one of the founding members of CAC. She alternated between president and vice president in its formative years. She served for many years on the exhibition committee. She remains active as a member, encouraging her students to become involved.