Mary Sheldon Scott (Visual Artist & Choreographer) has been exploring visual media and creating innovative performance works for over 40 years. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1990), and studied additionally at Reed College, University of Oregon, University of Denver, and Cornish College of the Arts.
Scott’s visual research has incorporated printmaking, bookbinding, drawing, painting, set design, costume design, digital design, animation, and video. Her current practice focuses on the development of organic maps and anthropomorphic landscapes using painting and drawing techniques on canvas, paper and wood. In recent years Scott’s visual work has been exhibited at CoCA, BASE, Velocity’s V2 Gallery, and through Open Studio events at Scott’s Beebe & Runyon studio.
Since 1993 Scott has worked in a dedicated collaboration with nationally renowned composer Jarrad Powell, and in 1994 they formed Scott/Powell Performance to explore their interest in the intersection of movement, sound, and visual territories. Their work has been presented across the United States, and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network/Creation Fund, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Artist Trust, 4Culture/King County, and Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. Scott has received individual grants and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Recent choreographic commissions include Cornish Dance Theater, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the University of Washington. Scott teaches creative process and performance practice, and has been a guest faculty at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, and Velocity Dance Center.