Mary Nolan is from the New England area and has been exhibiting her work since her years in high school. After she earned a degree from Vesper George School of Art in Graphic Design, she was invited to participate in the Salon de National Exhibition in Paris in 1983. She won first prize in the Wilmington Council for the Arts Competition (MA) and participated in New England Exhibition '83 sponsored by the Cape Cod Art Association.
During the mid 80's, Nolan lived in Albuquerque, NM where she studied Native American basket weaving techniques and designs. She has been designing, weaving and exhibiting baskets ever since.
Nolan then returned to the East Coast, bought a farm and took up raising sheep to complement her long held affinity for spinning and dying wool. She continued to create primarily in fiber but also participated in painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture believing that each new discipline would further her in her artistic endeavors. As an extension of that philosophy, she decided to continue her education pursuing the study of Art Therapy.
Nolan received a B.A. in Art Therapy from Emmanuel College with a double major in Fine Art and Psychology, and later a Master's Degree in Art Therapy.
Today, Mary Nolan creates and exhibits her work in a wide variety of settings throughout the Northeast.