Mary Jo Brezny-Polaroid Transfer Workshops
Home Page
Terms Explained
Workshops
Gallery
About Mary Jo
Other Resources
Contact Information

About Mary Jo

Mary Jo Brezny studied photography at Texas Women's University under Carlotta Corpron for two years, while obtaining a BA/BS in Business. She then went on to the Art Center College of Design in California and obtained a Bachelor of Professional Art in photography. She has been involved in photography off and on ever since. She has worked in advertising and commercial photography, publicity photography, portraiture, and currently concentrates on art photography and Polaroid Transfers/Manipulations. Since 1988 she has been teaching week-long photography workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

Upon learning and falling in love with the Polaroid Transfer and Manipulation processes in 1997, she began teaching Polaroid Transfer workshops and became a Polaroid Creative Use Consultant in 1998. Mary Jo studied large format/advanced techniques with Kathleen Carr in 1999. She currently teaches B&W photography and Polaroid Transfer/Manipulation techniques at The Folk School and has taught these Polaroid workshops at other locations in NC, Tenn, SC and GA. She has photographs in private and corporate collections and has been in numerous exhibits in NC, SC and GA.
SOLO & JOINT EXHIBITS
Jan 12-Feb 6, 2004 Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC. Solo exhibit of Polaroid Transfers and Manipulations.
Sept 26-Nov 4, 2003 Cleveland Community College Gallery, Shelby, NC.
Solo exhibit of Polaroid Transfers
August 2003 Asheville Area Arts Council Front Gallery, Asheville, NC.
Solo exhibit of 40 Polaroid Transfers.
8/2000-10/2000 Paulding Fine Arts Association Gallery, Dallas, GA. Solo exhibit of Polaroid Transfers and SX-70 Manipulations.
2/2000 - 3/2000 The Captain's Bookshelf, Asheville, NC. "Simple Pleasures" a solo exhibit of 33 pieces, Polaroid Transfers and Polaroid Emulsion manipulations.
3/99 - 4/99 Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville, "Women's Nests", a joint exhibit with Margaret Ann Hogue.
2/99 - 3/99 Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA. Solo exhibit. Included Polaroid Transfers, Time Zero manipulations and other photographic creative techniques.
8/31-10/2/98 Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville, "Fun With Photography", Joint exhibit with Margaret Ann Hogue, included transfers and manipulations.
10/1997 Photography Gallery in Augusta, Georgia - Images from Western North Carolina.
8/1997 University of North Carolina at Asheville, Special Collections exhibit space - Images from Western North Carolina.
4/18/97 - 6/97 F/32 Gallery, Asheville, NC, a 3 person exhibit with my son and daughter.
Spring 1990 Walker Art Center, Asheville School, Asheville, NC. Solo exhibit.
1977 - 1980 The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, organized and exhibited in two exhibits for the Society. Had work accepted in shows juried by Evon Streetman, Harry Calahan and others, at the Asheville Art Museum and the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, S.C.
JURIED GROUP SHOWS
11/2002 22nd North Carolina Photographers Annual Competition & Exhibition, Raleigh, NC.
9/2002 1st Annual Small Works Juried Art Show, Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC, three pieces accepted.
11/2001 21st North Carolina Photographers Annual Competition & Exhibition, Raleigh, NC.
9/2001 12th Biennial Southern Visions Photography Competition, Museum of York County, SC.
1/2001 Second International Photography and Digital Image Biennial Exhibition, East Carolina University, Evon Streetman juror.
1/2001 CCA Competitive Exhibition 2001, Kinston, NC.
5/2000 The Upstairs Photography Biennial, Tryon, NC.
4/2000 4th Annual Picture This Photography Exhibit, Raleigh, NC - one of 13 North Carolina photographers chosen to exhibit at a one night only exhibition/auction fund raising event for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.
1/2000 Sawtooth Center For Visual Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, Photography As Art.
4/99 Southern Visions Photography Exhibition, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC. Juror, Olivia Parker. "No Two Alike" - a composite piece of six image and emulsion transfers, accepted in alternative category, and chosen to tour through S.C. for the following year.
4/96 Southern Visions Photography Exhibition, Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC. Juror, Evon Streetman. "Mountain Trilogy", three color laser copies, of Polaroid Time Zero manipulations, won 3rd place, alternative category.
7/1985 High Country Crafters, Asheville, NC, photographic competition, first place for black and white photography.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1988 - Present Week-long and weekend photography classes at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, including B&W, color, Polaroid Transfer, Polaroid Emulsion Manipulation.
April 2002 Polaroid Transfer workshop at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tenn.
Jan 2002 Polaroid Transfer workshop, Creative Spark, Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Feb 2001 Polaroid Transfer workshop at Creative Spark, Mt. Pleasant, SC and at the Berkley County School Teacher in Training day.
Sept 2000 Polaroid Transfer workshop, Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC.
March 1999 Polaroid Transfers workshop for National Art Honor Society students at the Davidson Fine Arts School, Augusta, GA..
March 1999 Polaroid Transfer workshop, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tenn.
Feb 1998 Polaroid transfer workshop, Asheville, NC.
April 1986 Creative Techniques in the darkroom & with the camera, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.
1980 - 1981 Basic Photography privately on a one-to-one basis.
1977 - 1978 Six-week course in Basic Photography through the Asheville Art Museum.
PUBLISHED WORK
Historic Montford, a 64 page book of my photographs of homes in the Historic Montford District of Asheville, published 1985 by The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.
Cabins & Castles, The History & Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina. Edited by Douglas Swaim, photography by Mary Jo Brezny, published by City of Asheville, County of Buncombe, and Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
Polaroid® is a trademark of the Polaroid Corp.
All images ©2002 Mary Jo Brezny.