Faculty portfolios

  • Portrait of Merwin (Merf) Shaw, Charcoal on Mylar, 47"H x 45"W.
    Portrait of Merwin (Merf) Shaw, Charcoal on Mylar, 47"H x 45"W.
  • Portrait of Brent Haddock, Charcoal on Mylar, 61"Hx42"W, 2015.
    Portrait of Brent Haddock, Charcoal on Mylar, 61"Hx42"W, 2015.
  • Portrait of Justin Shanitkvich, Charcoal on Mylar, 67"H x 42"W.
    Portrait of Justin Shanitkvich, Charcoal on Mylar, 67"H x 42"W.
  • Portrait of John Carlos Marino, Charcoal on Mylar, 56"H x 42"W.
    Portrait of John Carlos Marino, Charcoal on Mylar, 56"H x 42"W.
  • Portrait of Gabriel (Gabe) McMiller, Charcoal on Mylar, 64"Hx32"W.
    Portrait of Gabriel (Gabe) McMiller, Charcoal on Mylar, 64"Hx32"W.
  • Shakira Wilson in Mary's studio with "Portrait of Shakira Wilson," Charcoal on Mylar, 56"H x 42"W.
    Shakira Wilson in Mary's studio with "Portrait of Shakira Wilson," Charcoal on Mylar, 56"H x 42"W.

Mary Borgman

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 
314-935-8890
Fax: 
314-935-6462

Bixby 215

Campus Box 1031
Biography 

Mary Borgman was born in 1959 in St. Louis. She earned a BFA in graphic communications from Washington University in St. Louis 1982. She then went on to earn her MA and MFA from Fontbonne University in St. Louis in 2001. In 2002, Ann Nathan Chicago began representing her artwork at annual exhibitions in the gallery and art shows in New York, Chicago, Florida, and Santa Fe. Borgman was a semifinalist at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition in 2009 at the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institute, which led to her own exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Seven of Borgman's large-scale charcoal drawings were exhibited for ten months in a show called Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge. Her National Portrait Gallery show then moved from the Smithsonian Institute to the Arkansas Art Center.

In addition to numerous articles and reviews, including in ArtNews Magazine, her art was recently published in Drawing Magazine's charcoal issue, Charcoal Gaze (winter issue, 2016). Borgman is included in various public collections, including the 21C Museum in Louisville, the Tullman Collection in Chicago, and the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, Michigan. Her artwork has been shown in the Arnot Art Museum in New York, the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the Mitchell Museum in Illinois, and the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art in St. Louis.

Borgman's art is currently represented by Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago.

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Statement 

Formerly a professional sign language interpreter, I now translate into drawings the personalities and dignity of individuals.

I work with charcoal on frosted Mylar, a polyester film. This tough, translucent support allows me to aggressively build up marks and then work the charcoal with erasers to reveal a luminous quality of light.

The sitters assume frontal, uncompromising poses and look directly at the viewer, turning the observer into the observed.

The larger-than-life size format magnifies the intensity of the sitter's gaze and infuses the portrait with a psychological presence.