Studio: 651-224-1637


1998-00 Bush Foundation Fellow
1998 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Assistance Fellow
1993 Jerome Foundation Fellow
1993 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Assistance Fellow


2003 Franklin Art Works
2003 Highpoint Center for Printmaking
2003 Walker Art Center
2003 Minneapolis Institute of Art
1997 Walker Art Center


1985-87 BFA Drawing, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland
1983-85 Minneapolis College of Art and Design


2008 Body Songs: A Judith Roode Retrospective 1960-1992, St.Catherine University, St. Paul


2003 Three Questions (Portfolio) , Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis


2011(solo) New Watercolors: Totems and Caryatids, Carleton College, Northfield
2004 (solo) Victor/Victoria, Speedboat, St. Paul
2003 (solo) Three Questions, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis
2000 (solo) New Paintings and Drawings, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, NY
1998 (solo) Contemplatives and Idlers, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, NY
1997 Dialogues: Mary Esch & Daniel Oates, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
1996 (solo) She Was A Knot , Gallery Rebelloso, Minneapolis
1993 Mary Esch & John Snyder, Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis
1992 Mary Esch & Avrom Schwartz, Gallery Rebelloso, Minneapolis
1991 Mary Esch & David Hytone, Gallery Rebelloso, Minneapolis
1991 Mary Esch & Damien Garner, Speedboat Gallery, St. Paul
1989 Mary Esch & Shannon Brady, Speedboat Gallery, St. Paul


2014 Full House, 478 Smith Residential Gallery, St.Paul

2013 JKM=Josie Winship+Krista Walsh+Mary Esch, Banfil Locke Center, Minneapolis
2013 Minnesota Funk, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
2010 Annual Juried Exhibition, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis
2010 Bird x Bird, Northrup King Building,Minneapolis
2009 Nexten, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis
2009 Reflections on the West End, Mississippi Natural Foods Market, St. Paul
2009 Tangle Town Garden and Art Tour, Minneapolis
2008 West End Arts Inaugural Art Show, Pilney Building, St. Paul
2008 October-January, Three-Person Show, 801 Gallery, Minneapolis
2007 Summer Invitational, Thomas Barry Fine Art, Minneapolis
2005-09 Mythologies, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
2005 A Century of Artists, Minneapolis Foundation
2005 Instructors Exhibition, Como Conservatory Botanical Art Education, St. Paul
2004 One Hit Wonders, Speedboat Gallery, St. Paul
2004 Drawing: Seven Curatorial Responses, Katherine Nash Gallery, U of M, Minneapolis
2004 Last Gasp, Bockley Curates, Thompson Gallery, Minneapolis
2002 Imitations, Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis
2002 Imitations, Detroit Art Market, Detroit
2002 Art Conspiracy, Speedboat, St. Paul
2001 Artists in my Neighborhood, Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis
2000 Minnesota Museum of American Art Painting Biennial, St. Paul
1999 Artists in my Neighborhood, Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis
1998 Here: Interventions at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1997 Drawings and Paintings. Wooster Gardens, New York
1997 Four Uncompromising artists: Esch, Gaard, Mead, Platt, Chorus Gallery
1996 Drawing Midwest, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul
1994 Five Jerome Artists, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis
1994 Summer show, Gallery Rebelloso, Minneapolis
1994 10th Anniversary show, Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis
1993 5th Anniversary show, Speedboat, St. Paul


2003 Mores, Jeff. A Bold Stroke, The Villager(November)
2003 Felien, Clea. Mary Esch draws on Tolstoy, Southside Pride, (January)
2003 Fallon, Michael. Book of Life, City Pages, (February)
2002 Kalstrom, Jeffery. Art Conspiracy, MNARTISTS.ORG, (December)
2000 Smith, Roberta. Mary Esch New York Times (November)
1998 Mullin, Diane. City Scape Minneapolis/ St. Paul Flash Art (October)
1998 Dailey, Meghan. S., Mary Esch Art Forum (September)
1998 Pederson, Victoria. Gallery Go Round: Mary Esch at Bronwyn Keenan Paper (April)
1998 Seda, Heriberto. Contemplatives and Idlers, Mary Esch at BKG, TheThing (March)
1998 Galleries Downtown, Mary Esch at BKG, The New Yorker(March)
1993 Kamps,Toby. Snyder/Esch, Art Paper(September)
1992 Gaard, Frank. Mary Esch, Art Paper(February)


2009 Feet First: Walsh, Winship, and Esch , Bryant Lake Bowl, 9 x 22 Dance Lab, Minneapolis
2008 “Face” Live drawing on stage, WEA Performance Showcase, Sokol, St. Paul
2004 Don't Conceal, Reveal, Fringe Festival, Minneapolis
2004 Summer Window Tap Dance with Josie, Robert Street Shoes, Minneapolis
2004 Shoot Out and Big Box Shapes, J. Winship & M. Esch, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
2003 Krista Walsh: Windmills and Mirrors, Naked Stages, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
2001 nude in 3 acts, Contemplatives and Idlers, Access Gallery, New York
2001 Dance w/Basket, Heidi House, Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis
2001 Dance w/Basket, Mulch: Music and Dance improvisation, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
2000 Homage to My Mother: Spoken Word, Cafe Something, Minneapolis


2008 University of Minnesota
2005 University Of Minnesota
2003 Carleton College
1999 College of Visual Arts
1997 Minneapolis College of Art and Design
1997 St Cloud State University


2012-current St.Paul Public Schools Community Education, Drawing: Introduction to Right Brain Creativity and Color Pencil: Intermediate Drawing and Color Theory

2005-2012 St. Catherine University, Life Long Learning: Evening Scholar, Subjects: 'Drawing With Your Right Brain: Lessons from The New Drawing “On The Right Side of the Brain”, by Betty Edwards', Botanical Drawing, Landscape Drawing, Life Drawing

2009-2010 Private In-Home Drawing Lessons
2009 You Can Draw the Conservatory, Perspective Drawing Lessons, Como Zoo and Conservatory Grounds, St. Paul
2009 Hamline University River Institute/Ecology Literacy
2005-09 Life-Long Learning: Evening Scholar, St. Catherine University, St. Paul
Botanical Drawing, Landscape Drawing, Life Drawing, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
2008 Studio Kids, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Ages 6-12
2003-09 Como Zoo and Conservatory Community Education, St . Paul
Drawing Basics, Botanical Drawing 1
2003 Mary Esch’s Studio, St. Paul
Intermediate Figure Drawing
1998-2003 St. Paul Community Education
Drawing for Beginners, Figure Drawing, Heads and Hands
1987 Camp St. Croix, Hudson
Art Director Ages: 8-16
1988 Science Museum, Ages: 4-8, Imaginary Sea World


2014 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
2011 Carleton College, Minnesota, Northfield
2008 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
2005 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
2003 Carleton College, Minnesota, Northfield
1999 College of Visual Arts, St. Paul
1997 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis
1997 St Cloud State University, St Cloud


2014 Curator, West End Saint Paul Art Crawl Exhibition, Acme Scenic Arts, St. Paul
2013 Artist Presenter, CreateDay, Visitation School, Mendota Heights
2010-12-Board Member, Community Reporter, St. Paul
2008-09 Coordinator, West End Arts, St. Paul
2008 Gratitude Guerrilla, Peace Action Project, Krista Walsh, Twin Cities
2007 Visiting Artist, Ink and Brush Demonstrations, St. Peter Claver School, St. Paul
2005 Monitor, After School Program, St. Peter Claver School, St. Paul
1989-Office Intern, Women's Art Registry of Minnesota, Minneapolis