After moving to Houston in 2006, Mary was thrilled to discover Blue Bell ice cream and Shiner beer and not so happy to learn about the extensive variety of bugs in Houston. Mary is a video artist, working collaboratively with her husband, Stephan Hillerbrand, who teaches in the Photography/Digital Media program at the University of Houston. Their work has been exhibited internationally in video screenings, galleries and museums. Mary and Stephan have two children, Madeleine and Emmett and her dog, Onyx.
Mary grew up in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from the infamous Columbine High School. She received a BFA from the University of Denver and a MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has taught video, sculpture and interdisciplinary art at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the New School University and the University of Houston. Mary was also as the Program Coordinator for the MFA in Media Art Production at the City College of New York and she was a Post-Production Coordinator at Berwyn Editorial, a commercial video editing facility in New York City. She has worked on numerous curatorial projects including co-founding an artist run space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and curating video screenings for the College Art Association and the Society for the Performing Arts Houston.
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