Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Mary Culbertson Stark

Mary Culbertson Stark

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Teaching engagements, Lectures, Leading workshops, Commissions, Collaboration

  While subject is always important, much of my work is about mark making. I study the subject for a while, taking in not only the surface, the posture, and placement but also considering the spirit or energy driving the subject. Like artists from various movements before me, I begin the work with random marks. I allow the image to be suggested and to be seeded by my subconscious.  Once the idea is rooted, I allow the marks to set the direction for the destiny of the piece. My goal is to allow the subject to manifest through a graphic choreography of shape, color, line, tone and ultimately, an inherent and unique spirit.

    Mary Culbertson-Stark is an award winning nationally known Pittsburgh artist. She has exhibited in Spain,China,Bulgaria, Japan, Canada and across the USA. As a 30 year member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Watercolor Society; her work has been exhibited in hundreds of group exhibitions throughout the Pittsburgh region, including Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Indiana Univerity, Chatham College, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University. Her work is far-reaching worldwide, with inclusion in 350 private and public collections.  Mary has received accolades for creative vision from a variety of institutions such as the Pennsylvania House and Senate, regional art organizations, local media, and numerous educational collaboratives. 

    She has been the recipient of three Skidmore College Art Fellowships and grants from the Pittsburgh Youth Works and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Mary earned her BFA from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in drawing. She holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh with additional study in language patterns at Duquesne University. She taught Art in the Bethel Park School District while holding various itinerant teaching positions at CCAC,Carnegie Museum of Art,Carnegie Mellon Saturday Arts Program, Slippery Rock University, and South Arts. She has served as guest panelist, lecturer, workshop leader and exhibition juror for a variety of art constituents in the region.

     Mary’s work leans toward the enigmatic and ethereal. Focusing on exploring the organic and changeable world; she contrasts ideas of past and present, nature and nurture, and meditation and mediation. The duality inherent in her work drives her narratives; often with a metaphoric twist. Her work is a documentation of time, place,and circumstance.The development of unique surfaces, which are imperative to her image making, moves her to experiment with a variety of media added to grahite and paint. She works to engage the viewer not only in the subject matter but with the spirit lying within the subject matter. 


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222




  • Painting
  • Drawing


  • Acrylic paint
  • Black & white
  • Charcoal
  • Expressionist
  • Figurative
  • Fresco
  • Graphite
  • Landscape
  • Narrative
  • Organic
  • Paper
  • Plaster
  • Subtractive