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Mary Petrine Livoni

Mary Petrine Livoni is an artist who grew up in Boulder, Colorado and graduated from The Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting/Printmaking. Since moving to Chicago, she has exhibited drawings, paintings and more recently works in photography and video that draw inspiration directly from poetry and prose.

In 2014, she received a Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Grant to create a series of broadsides based on poems and short stories by Chicago author Stuart Dybek. More than 250 broadside posters were installed on public streets across the city of Chicago throughout 2015- 2016.

In 2017, she began a series of poetry broadsides; short video artworks that amplify a small section from an original work with metaphoric imagery and music. The current series will be on view in her exhibition Echoes/Mirrors at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum, opening in conjunction with the Galena International Poetry Festival.

In 2018, she was awarded a Cultural Affairs Grant to create a short film adapted from the Stuart Dybek story “The Apprentice”. That work is currently in production, with a completion date of Fall 2019.

Her artwork has been widely exhibited and is included in several private and corporate collections.

She has worked professionally in art conservation, with a concentration in 19th and early 20th century American painting, and was the Fine Art Director for the auction house Leslie Hindman, Inc. Most recently, she was invited to join the Board of Directors for The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame and is honored to work with this institution to promote events honoring notable Chicago authors, past and present.