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All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go
Mary Sims
All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go
c. 1970 | acrylic on canvas | 60x33 |$10000

All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go…well, that’s relatable. Mary Simms (1940-2004) had a way of making her art just that: personal yet with a sense of the fantastical, beautiful, and even silliness. Two babies, hanging out in a bassinette, looking cute as can be but eerily suspended in darkness and wrapped in ivy. Where are those babies, are they OK, and what would their mother think?! But that’s Sims– always making us want more to the story, but somehow, too, perfectly satisfying our artistic appetite.

We celebrate Sims for her extraordinary, stylized acrylic paintings based on both real and wondrous environments. Considered a Memphis painter, though, from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Sims was the first woman accepted into the printmaking department at the University of Iowa, where she received a BFA. She studied further in Rome and received her MFA from Tulane University. In the late 1960s and early 70s she taught at Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, alongside painter and sculptor Lon Anthony. Talk about a powerhouse.

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