Mary Griep received a BA with Honors from Macalester College and an MA from Hamline University. Her work has been shown nationally in exhibitions including the Chicago Navy Pier International Art Expositions, and exhibition venues in Texas, Washington, D.C., the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Plains Museum among many others. International showings include exhibitions in Thailand, Finland and the Dominican Republic as well as several works in the US Art in Embassies Programs.
Griep has been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and fellowships or residencies from Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, the state of Montana, the University of South Dakota, Vermilion, the College of St. Catherine, the Anderson Center of Red Wing, and the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her work is part of collections throughout the United States including Bank of America, General Mills, 3M, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Star Tribune, United States Veterans Administration-Washington, DC, Norwest Corp., Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Architects and the Union Club of Chicago.
Griep has also been a member of the MAEP Artists Panel at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and a juror for drawings at the Minnesota State Fair.
Griep was Field Supervisor for St. Olaf’s Term in Asia in 2000 and 2003. In 2004 she returned from a leave of absence in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she completed a series of large scale Southeast Asian temple drawings.
At St. Olaf she has been on the faculty since 1988 where she specializes in drawing and painting. She has also taught interdisciplinary courses in Women’s Studies and Contemporary Art, First Year Writing and supervises Center for Interdisciplinary Studies students.