Mara Manning



My work is about a sense of place, a vague memory of being there. Encoding is the crucial first step to creating a new memory. It allows the perceived item of interest to be converted into a construct that can be stored in the brain. My paintings are visual constructs that seek to make time visible.  Whether driving by in a car or moving in other forms of transportation, we pay attention to our environment in momentary glimpses. If a memory was laid down then these “sights” remain in our subconscious having been converted into a construct. I use sketches and photographs to inspire my work but the paintings develop through a process which is largely organic. If I start with a specific plan in mind, composition, color and a process of additive and subtractive actions are what actually develop the final work. I look for tension between shapes and colors. I also look to create humor in the shapes and compositions I develop.



Lesley University, Cambridge, MA , Master of Arts in Education, December, 1998

University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Teacher Certification Program - Art Education License, December 1993

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - BFA Painting and Drawing, December 1984

Adjunct Art Instructor - Bay College, Escanaba Mi  Fall 2018

Art Instructor  - Ashwaubenon High School 1993-2016



The District Gallery

Knoxville, TN


Cappaert Contemporary

Egg Harbor, WI


eclectic Gallery

226 Elk Ave

Crested Butte, CO 81224

Higher Art Gallery

126 S. Union St.

Traverse City, MI



Merit Award, Miller Art Museum 43rd Juried Annual Exhibition

Featured Artist Exhibition Award, Northern Exposure XXIV, Escanaba, MI  2017

Donor Award, 30th Annual NNAC Juried Exhibition, Rhinelander, WI  2017

Bonifas Art Center, Northern Exposure 2013. Purchase Prize Award.  2nd Place Award

Bonifas Art Center, Northern Exposure 2008. Purchase Prize Award



Northern Exposure XXV. Bonifas Art Center, Escanaga MI 2018

43rd Annual Miller Art Museum Juried Exhibition. Sturgeon Bay, WI 2018

Thirty-First Annual Northern National Art Competition. Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI 2018

ArtPrize 10, Grand Rapids, MI 2018

Morpho Gallery 7th Annual Juried Encaustic Exhibition. Chicago, IL. 2018

Hardy Gallery 56 Annual Juried Exhibit. Ephraim, WI 2018

Water and Wax Invitational, Cappaert Contemporary, Egg Harbor, WI  2018

Northern Exposure XXIV. Escanaba, MI  2017

Art Comes Alive, Art and Design Consultants Juried Exhibition. Cincinnati, OH 2017

Miller Art Museum Juried Exhibition. Sturgeon Bay, WI  2017

30th Annual NNAC Juried Exhibition. Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI  2017

Hardy Gallery 55th Annual Juried Exhibit. Ephraim, WI. 2017

Art Prize, DeVos Place. Grand Rapids, MI. 2016

Northern Exposure XVIII, Bonifas Art Center.  Escanaba, MI. 2013

Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Juried Biennial, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, WI.  2009

Northern Exposure XII, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI  2008

In the Balance. Juried Exhibition. Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Milwaukee, WI - 2000



Remixing Dreams: Paintings by Mara Manning. Telluride Arts HQ, Telluride CO. March 2018

FLASH. Mara Manning at Mr. Helsinki. Fish Creek, WI. 2011

Mara Manning at the Hartwig Gallery. Bay College. Escanaba, MI. 2009

MIAD. Creative Educators Inst. Exhibit. Milwaukee, WI 2000