Small Branch: New Collage by Mary Zeran

Thursday, March 1, 2012-Friday, April 13, 2012

Small Branch: New Collage by Mary Zeran consists of new work Zeran created specifically for the MAE exhibit. “I feel a certain calm when I am in Iowa. There is nothing like driving through the countryside to help me feel grounded and soothed.” Zeran said. “When I look at our landscape, I see and hear music and movement. Our landscape is like a wonderful musical passage filled with curves, movement of the wind, and scruffy colorful wildness.”

Exploring the idea of “place,” Zeran is fascinated with what it means to be a native Iowan. Seeing the landscape with fresh eyes after moving back to Iowa in 2005, her boldly colored abstract collage describes the movement, emotions, and rhythm of her native state.

Artist Statement

Iowan by birth, Cedar Rapids artist Mary Zeran has lived in 12 different cities including Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Her work can be found in permanent collections throughout the state and country. Her collages are created primarily in acrylic on Duralar (an archival acetate) and are known for their juicy colors, and organic forms suspended in multiple layers of glaze. “I am thrilled to be exhibiting at Maquoketa Art Experience.” Zeran commented. “I am inspired by their mission to share art with their local community.”

For further information about Mary Zeran’s work including dates and times for upcoming exhibitions, please visit her website at or email