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Mary Shrode

St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud

Cope's Grey Treefrog

Cope's Grey Treefrog (2010), Photography, 14" x 11"

Artist Statement

While my professional work is in a technical area, I am a soft skills person who serves as a bridge between technology and general technology consumers. My background in the visual arts and education has been a huge asset in my day-­to-­day work. Much of my personal work is a collision of my technical side and my artistic side. I am drawn to the hidden, abandoned and juxaposed objects and beings that exist beside us everyday. The discovery of what goes unnoticed by others lures me into both common and uncommon places. There is pleasure in sharing a new vision of faintly familiar place, time or feeling. I strive to honor the sources of my inspiration and that honor pushes me to review my work more closely and improve it as well as learn to accept others' appreciation for it.

Artist Biography

Mary Shrode is an Information Technology Specialist at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Illustration and Commercial Design from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1983 and her Master of Science Degree in Information Media from St. Cloud State University in 1997. After working in a type design studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she accepted a position as a graphic designer with St. Cloud State University in 1986. Her work there has evolved into technology and training where her background in visual design has continued to serve her well.