Department Head, Curatorial and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
(315) 797-0000 ext. 2145
Mary Murray has had the privilege of working as a curator at the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, in Utica, NY, since 1991. She is the steward for the modern and contemporary collection. At her recommendation, the Museum has acquired paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Melvin Edwards, Richard Long, Betye and Alison Saar, Pat Steir, and Kay WalkingStick, among many others. During her tenure at MWPAI, Mary has organized dozens of exhibitions that showcase the Museum’s remarkable collection of American art, as well as shows of contemporary artists such as Patrick Dougherty, Ann Reichlin, Sam Van Aken, and Lynne Yamamoto. Mary believes that art is at the center of the human spirit and that the arts, with science and religion, are humankind’s expression of our most profound questions, a celebration of our highest aspirations, and a means to seek transcendence.