Mary Lucking


I create artworks that help people explore and understand the environments and communities where they live. My work ranges from large-scale, permanent artworks to temporary interactive installations. My projects include art incorporated into urban and rural walking and biking trails, public transit stations, college campuses, and neighborhood parks.

My work is in the permanent public art collections of cities across the US, and I have shown work at MoCA Tucson, Sony Berlin, Cheekwood Museum of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, CUNY Graduate School, and Vanderbilt University. Three projects have received Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review awards.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Wellesley College and a Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I currently live and work in Phoenix, Arizona.

In addition to my public practice, I also frequently collaborate with artist Andrew Sempere. In 2001 we co-founded the Tangentlab Art Collective along with fellow School of the Art Institute graduates Dima Strakovsky, Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka. Our most well known project was The Jackal Project (2001-2003), which we produced together at the Chicago MCA, SIGGRAPH, and Boston Cyberarts Festival.

Andrew and I continue to collaborate, including the development and curation of Artistic Mediums I and Artistic Mediums II, and the creation of Blues Garden (with collaborator Pete Goldlust) and Primordial Chicken Soup.