Mary Zeran grew up in a family of women artists. Textiles, embroidery, and woodcarving, were their visual language. Abstracted shapes and forms were their words. Each time Zeran picks up a brush or scissors, she immerses herself in the language of her family. As she abstracts flowers, trees, and all the colors of nature, she speaks her mother tongue. This language brings her closer to her family’s traditions, histories, and stories.
Zeran’s collage work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad including Cedar Rapids Museum of Art; Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, in Kansas City; SOIL Gallery in Seattle; and Chaing Mai University in Chaing Mai, Thailand.
Her work are in several public and private collections as well as many corporate collections; including those of EMC, Des Moines, IA; First Bancorp, Southern Pines, NC; Grafix Corporate Collection, Cleveland, OH; Grant Thorton, Chicago, IL; Human Services Building, Cedar Rapids, IA; Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA; Marion Arts Council, Marion, IA; Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Raining Rose Corporate Collection, Cedar Rapids, IA; The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, The Fallon Companies, Boston, MA ; Southeast Iowa Community College, West Burlington, IA; United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids, IA. Ms. Zeran is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received an Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Residency, and a 2% for the Arts Purchase Prize from the Visual Arts Commission in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mary Zeran was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1964. She received her B.F.A and M.F.A from University of Iowa. She lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.