Mary Warner was born in Florida where she attended one of the state's first public art-focused high schools studying creative writing, photography and drawing. She merged her love of history with the visual arts and earned a B.A. degree in Art History from the University of Mississippi with Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions. After school, she worked briefly in London at the National Trust, the largest conservation organization in the UK and presided over by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. .
After London, she returned to Oxford, Mississippi where hededication to art preservation led her to oversee the digitization of the Southern Graphics Council's print archive in addition to her role as marketing director for the U.S. most beloved independent bookseller. In 2007, she served as Executive producer of Thacker Mountain Radio and began work on her Master's degree in Southern Studies. During this time, her writing and illustrations were published in various media outlets including Garden & Gun, Edible and Paste Magazine. She graduated in 2009 from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture having produced the first-ever film thesis, which resulted in a documentary that showed at two film festivals in the Southeast.
That same year she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she began her brand and design consultancy, working primarily with luxury international clients in Israel, Italy, England, France, and Canada. In adddtion to her consultancy, Mary has been steadfast in her art making, producing photographs and mixed media art, which have been privately collected. She has participated in a group show at Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, the Newport Art Museum, in Rhode Island, and the Southeast Center for Photography in the creative art hub of Greenville, South Carolina.
Mary's art explores identity and the idea of naming things. As an identical twin and as someone who intimately understand's the world of branding where people are encouraged to "differentiate themselves", she has merged her experiences to create work that is understated, yet insightful and captivating.
Mary currently lives in Hanoi.
M.A. Southern Studies, The University of Mississippi, 2009
B.A. Art History, The University of Mississippi, Summa cum laude, 2003
2015 - Present | Co-Founder and Creative Director, Coucou Home (www.coucouhome.com)
2009 - Present | Principal, MW Ink & Atelier. Tampa, FL.
2007 - 2009 | Executive Producer, Thacker Mountain Radio. Oxford, MS.
2001 - 2007 | Marketing Director, Square Books. Oxford, MS.
2004 | Marketing Assistant, The National Trust. London, UK
2003 - 2006 | Digital Archive Manager, Southern Graphics Council. Oxford, MS.
Portal. SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC. December 2016
Wet Paint. Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI. August 2015.
Ways of Seeing. Rebekah Jacob Gallery, Charleston, SC. July 2012.
Awards + Honors
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Graduate Student Achievement Award
- Tupelo Daily Journal “Women in Business”
- Art History Student of the Year
- Best Southern Studies Graduate Student Paper
“Quick Knockouts: Sampling the Lee Bros.”, Delta Magazine, 2009.
“Book Review: The Children’s Hospital”, Paste Magazine, 2006.
“Book Review: Third Class Superhero”, Paste Magazine, 2006.