B.F.A., Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Art Teacher Certification K-12, Student teaching supervision and education hours earned through Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri
M.Ed, Master of Education, emphasis art education (Project focus was the integration of the visual arts into core subject areas), Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas
Additional graduate education & technology courses (60 hours), Friends & Baker Universities in Overland Park, Kansas

Additional fiber art educational workshops:

Jan Myers-Newbury, Shibori Resist Dyeing
Jane Dunnewold, Color with Soy Wax; Artist Strength Training
Michael James, Design
Joan Morris, Shibori
Jane Sassaman, Designing from Nature
Wendy Huhn, Textile Transfer Techniques
Dorothy Caldwell, Mark Making on Cloth
Rayna Gilman & Jette Clover, Monoprinting Techniques on Cloth
Barbara DePirro, Using Acrylics on Textiles
Teliha Draheim, Pattern Design

Teaching Positions:

Art Teacher, Blue Valley School District, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, 1989-2013
Instructor, Johnson County Community College, Continuing Education, 2003-06; Overland Park Kansas. Taught color theory and surface design (fiber & textile arts)
Instructor, Kansas City Art Institute, Continuing Education, Fiber – Surface Design
Workshop leader and presenter in textile art, quilt art and various fiber/surface design techniques

Recent Art Exhibitions:

2019  “Fine Art/Fine Craft: New Work by KC Fiber Group, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO May-June

2018 “Explorations in Fiber, Tim Murphy Art Gallery, Merriam, KS; August-September

2016 “Finding Our Voices”, Lenexa Kansas, City Hall Gallery Group Exhibit, October-November

2016 “Transgressing Traditions International Exhibit”, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. June-August 2016

2015 “Digital Alchemy” Special exhibit at International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas. Juror Jane Dunnewold, October

2015 “Midwest Metaphors: A Regional Studio Art Quilts Association (SAQA) Showcase”, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri; May through June

2015 “Studio 7 : Coming Home”, group show, Johnson County Public Library (Oak Park), sponsored by InterurbanArtHouse & Art in the Stacks Program JCPL. January-February 2015

2014  Studio Art Quilt Association online invitational gallery, “Unexpected”, November (

2013   National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2013, Wichita Center for the Arts. Wichita, Kansas. Juror: Pauline Verbeek-Cowart. April-May

2010 What’s Up: EDGE Exhibiting Members of Kansas Art Quilters Exhibit. Irene B French Art Gallery, Merriam, KS, September-October

2010 Surfacing: Kansas SDA Member Exhibition, The Fiber Studio, Wichita, KS August-September

2010 Human Form Exhibit, Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, March 3-27

2009 Artists Studios: KC, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Exhibition and Studio Tour, October 2009

2008 Kansas Art Quilters: Governor’s Exhibit, Office of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Topeka, Kansas December 2007-June 2008

2008 “Opposition, An Invitational Exhibit”, the Kansas City Artist Coalition Underground Gallery. October-November 2008. Kansas City, Missouri

2008 River Market Regional Exhibit, (five states) Kansas City Artist Coalition Galleries, Juror Dominic Molon, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. July-August 2008

2008 “Sum of the Parts” group show, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. March 23 – June 8, 2008

2008 “Sum of the Parts” group show, J. Wayne Stark Gallery, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas. September 7-November 2, 2008

2008 “Sum of the Parts”, the Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota, St, Paul, MN. November 23, 2008 – January 18, 2009

2007 Open Studios Tour, Kansas City Artists Coalition, November

2007 Artichokes Art Gallery, group exhibit, November-February, Leawood, Kansas.

2007 Studio Art Quilts Association “Intuition” Juror Bean Gilsdorf, selected work from SAQA professional artist members. (intuition show)

2007 River Market Regional Exhibit, (five states) Kansas City Artist Coalition Galleries, Kansas City MO, July-August. Juror Elizabeth Dunbar, former curator Kemper Museum

2007 Sabatini Gallery, “Covers Blown” group show textile art, May-June, Topeka, Kansas

2007 Sum of the Parts, International Surface Design Association Textile Exhibition, Jurors: Jan Myers-Newbury & Kyoung Ae Cho, June1-6, H & R Block Art Space, Kansas City MO; work was juried to be part of touring exhibit

2007 Cultures without Borders Traveling Exhibit, Juror Mary Beth Yates. Traveling exhibit to three northeast KCMO locations: Scuola Vita Nuova, United Missouri Bank, & Central Bank of Kansas City, March-May

2006 Studio Art Quilts Association “Intuition” Juror Bean Gilsdorf, selected work from SAQA professional artist members. (intuition show)

2006 Wellington Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, “Showcase: Surface Design”, June 5-29, international group show

2005 Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, MO, “Fiber Focus 2005”, national juried group exhibit Juror, Bhakti Ziek, fiber artist. September-October

2005 Wichita Center for the Arts, “Fiber Directions, 2005”, national juried group exhibit Juror, Jason Pollen, Chair, fiber department, Kansas City Art Institute. May-June

2005 Beth Allison Gallery, “Layers” art quilt group show, Kansas City, Missouri, June, ’05

2005 Beth Allison Gallery, “Upon Reflection” art quilt group show, Kansas City, Missouri, June, 2005

2005 “30 Squares”, textile work on loan, displayed in the office of Superintendent, Blue Valley School District; 2005-present

2005 Manhattan Art Center, July 23, 2005- September 3, Manhattan, Kansas, group quilt art exhibit

2005 Lynn Foundation Gallery, International Surface Design Member Exhibit, juried by Dorothy Caldwell, Canadian fiber artist and Rebecca Stephens; June- July

2005 Irene French Gallery, Merriam, Kansas, “Midpoint” 7- State Regional Art Quilt Exhibit, June-July, My piece, “Ziggurat” was juried “Best of Show” by Wendy Lugg, Australian Fiber artist. Exhibit jurors: F. Pawlicki, curator Spencer Museum, Lawrence, Kansas and Maryann Jordan, Fibers Professor, University of Kansas

2005 Spring International Quilt Market, Special Exhibit:” A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts 2004”, Chicago, Illinois group show

2005 Spring International Quilt Market, Special Exhibits: “Upon Reflection” Self Portrait Art Quilts, Chicago, Illinois

2004 Art at the Center Gallery,” The Abstracts” group show, Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas

2004 Lawrence Art Center, KAQ group show of textile work, Jan. 5- Feb. 7, Lawrence, Kansas

2004 Spring International Quilt Festival 2004, March 26-28, Rosemont, Illinois, and “Layers” group show.

2004 Xavier University, August 12-14, Cincinnati, Ohio, group quilt art show

2004 “Quilts at the Crossroads 10th Annual Exhibit”, September 10-12, Flint, Michigan

2004 Spotlight Gallery, Unity Church “Cloth, Needle and Dye: Art Quilts by Mary Elmusa”, October-November, Overland Park, Kansas, solo show

2003 Watkins Museum, Kansas Art Quilters: Recent Works, Watkins Museum in Lawrence, Kansas

2003 Irene French Gallery, Merriam, Kansas “Layers” Art Quilts by Kansas Art Quilters (group) July 3- August 4, Merriam, Kansas

2003 Blue Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, “Up Close & Far Away: A Juried International Competition of Fiber Art”, International Surface Design Association, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri. Juror: Jan Myers Newbury, quilt artist

2002 Gold Bank, “Art by Mary Elmusa and Barbara Stoll”, Leawood, Kansas. October 2000, two-person show

2002 International Quilt Market Special Exhibit, Juried by Robert Shaw, Bartle Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, May

Awards, Recognition & Publication:

2016 Authored online article, “How I Build Textile Arts Community in Kansas and Missouri” published by Surface Design Association Read the article here

2016 Contributing artist, “Creative Strength Training” by Jane Dunnewold. Published by North Light Books

2015 Publication of “Unheard”, Spoonflower Company October Blog,

2011 Publication of “Artist Portfolio – Mary Elmusa”, written by Rice Freeman-Zachery, Winter 2012 edition of Art Quilting Studio, Stampington Publications, pages 48-57

2011 International Surface Design Association Scholarship Award, Summer

2010 Publication of “Insight” in Lark Book’s 500 Art Quilts

2005 Review in “Midpoint”, Studio Art Quilts Association (SAQA) Journal, Vol. 15 Summer,

2005 Review of work in  “Fiber Focus” Studio Art Quilts Association (SAQA) Journal, Vol. 15, Fall, 2005

2005 Awarded “Best of Show” for “Ziggurat” in “Midpoint” a 7-state regional juried fiber exhibit, juried by artists Linda Frost and Wendy Lugg

2004 Kansas Arts Commission – Topeka, Kansas,  Fellowship winner in Craft Media

2002 Arrowmont Craft School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Regional Scholarship winner, 2002

2000 Nomination for Blue Valley School District Master Teacher Award, January, 2000

Professional Memberships:

Kansas City Artists Coalition
International Surface Design Association (SDA) past regional representative 5 states, current Kansas Rep;
Studio Art Quilts Associates, (SAQA) Professional Artist Member
Missouri Fiber Artists Association
National Education Association, past representative