Mary Belden Brown

Mixed Media

After a long career in publishing and college administration, I acquired studio space in January 2014, which enabled me to begin to create collages and assemblages from the wealth of materials and found objects I had been collecting for some time.

Although I consider myself to be primarily self-taught, I have benefitted from study with Cy Twombly, as well as classes at the Art Students League and Rhode Island School of Design. Influences have included Joseph Cornell, Hannah Hock, Suzi Cozzens and Jan Baker, as well as extensive travel, primarily to Italy.


My work is mostly intuitive, sometimes starting with a theme in mind, or perhaps just an image or found object that appeals to me. I play with shapes, colors and subject matter, allowing for incongruity and whimsy.


My pieces have been shown at the Pawtucket Arts Marketplace, Mad Dog Studios, South County Art Association, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, the Pennfield School, the Artisan’s Cafe in Providence, the New Bedford Art Museum, Gallery 175 in Pawtucket, and at the Atrium Gallery at the State Capitol. I was awarded second place in the 2021 Pawtucket Arts Collaborative member show.




Mary Belden Brown