Mary Opasik has been working with found object assemblage for 28 years. She grew up in Baltimore’s postindustrial society whose streets and woods were littered with discarded materials. Opasik’s affinity for repurposing is expressed in her sculptural art.
Mary Opasik’s art has been exhibited extensively in the mid-Atlantic region & included in exhibitions of national significance: The Huntsville Museum of Art (Alabama), The Montpelier Cultural Arts Center (Laurel, MD), the American Craft Council (Baltimore, MD) and in galleries both educational & commercial. The artist received her B.F.A., with honors, from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1989. Opasik has been a grantee for several artist-in-residencies: The Alfred & Trafford Klots’ Residency Program at Rochefort-en-Terre (Brittany, France), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain) and the Vermont Studio Center (U.S.). She has participated in Maryland Art Place’s’ Critics’ Residency Programs in 1991 & 1994 and has taught in visiting artist programs in Maryland. Opasik worked as a registered nurse for 18 years while creating her art, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. The artist is married to Jim Opasik, a sculptor/engineer, and they share a home studio in Catonsville, Maryland.