Fred Schnider Gallery of Art | Mary Annella Frank Creature Comforts

By Editorial Team on February 28, 2022

Sat, 05 March 2022 - Sun, 24 April 2022

Mary Frank Bunny, detail. 2019, welded steel, 60” x 9” x 14”


Artist Talk: Saturday, March 26 at 6pm


Fred Schnider Gallery of Art Exhibits the Work of Local Sculptor Mary Annella Frank in Their Latest Exhibit, “Creature Comforts”
The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art (888 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA) opens its next exhibit, Creature Comforts on Saturday, March 5th from 5-8pm. Creature Comforts showcases the work of Mary Annella Frank.

This exhibition contains a number of pedestal mounted sculptures as well as some framed collages.

Mary Annella Frank Bio
Mimi Frank was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland. She received her MFA form the University of Maryland in College Park in 1979.  Her work explores social, cultural, and historical themes or persons with the intent of creating physical objects that embody the essence of those investigations. Primarily working in steel and a range of other materials, her work straddles a craft sensibility of workmanship, while maintaining an artist’s expressiveness and interpretive power.

Ms. Frank has received two Maryland State Arts Council Grants and has been nominated for an Award in The Visual Arts among other honors. She has had solo exhibits in California, New York, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and the Mid-Atlantic region. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions. Ms. Frank served on faculty of the Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, the University of Maryland and artist boards. She lives and works in Maryland and maintains a studio in Brinklow, Maryland.

Mary Annella Frank Artist Statement for Creature Comforts
“The works in Creature Comforts are a private indulgence and exploration into the craft of welding. My earliest introduction was fueled by a fascination for the magic and wonder of assembling bits of steel in the hope that something interesting would emerge.  It is a mix of the organic creative process with and industrial media that gives a tension between play and the reality of material.  As most artists will explain, it is often through these studio experiments that entire bodies of work emerge.

Most of these works found their inspiration in everyday experiences. One spring day a bunny hopped into my open studio door.  In another instance a dead tree was about to be taken down.  My daughter resisted posing from me and I captured that priceless stance.  One of my objectives has been to make work that appears finished and yet leave the process brutally evident.  Welding is about heating, banging, fusing and grinding.  It is quite physical and yet has the directness and immediacy of drawing and painting.  It is these very same characteristics traits that keep me returning to welded steel over and over.”

—Mary Annella Frank

“Creature Comforts” EXHIBIT DETAILS
March 5– April 24 | Available hours : Thurs – Sun, 12-7 PM, by appointment only
Where: Fred Schnider Gallery of Art – 888 N. Quincy Street, Suite 102, Arlington, Virginia (, Phone: 301.852.8042, Email: Exhibit Contact: 301.852.8042 or email