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Mary Todd Shaw

Mary Todd Shaw (02/09/1921- ) was born  in Gadsen, AL, during a flood.  She is a sculptor, and is most widely known for her 'little boxes' with internal miniature scenarios, copy art, and stamp art.  Her work is defined by flawless composition and architectural harmony.  Her boxes were partially inspired by Joseph Cornell, and are generally composed of an exterior and a separate yet easily accessible interior.  There is an air of nostalgia surrounding the boxes, indeed, it has been said that Shaw 'gives art a sense of history'. She utilizes the similar themes in all of her work.  For instance 'Henry the little Victorian man' is an oft repeated device, a photograph of an anonymous 1920's man, an image she imposes across time and space in the vast majority of her work.  Shaw has won wide acclaim, been on display and recieved awards on occasions too numerous to mention. Between 1967 and 1985 she was featured seven times at the South East Center for Contemporary Art.  Also in 1985 she hosted a one-person show at Charlotte's Mint Museum.  Additionally, her work was featured abroad twice, at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and the State Department Show hosted by the Museo de Bella Arts in Buenos Aires.  Added to these honors, she has also earned an estimated thirty awards over the last three decades, including 'Best in show' titles at the Arts & Science Exhibit in Charlotte, and the Roanoke, Virginia Annual Outdoor Exhibition.  Shaw's work is permanently on display in several parts of the South, including The Columbia Museum of Art, The Hickory Museum of Art, The Birmingham Museum of Art, and The Gibbes Gallery in Charleston, S.C.     In 1991 she donated work to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Art Auction, hosted by Charlotte's Mint Museum.  Most recently her works were on show in Japan and at the Milliken Gallery, New York.

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