Sullivan is March artist-in-residence; public talk scheduled for March 9

Sullivan is March artist-in-residence at MC; public talk scheduled for March 9

March 2, 2015

Mary Louise Sullivan ’06, a bookbinder, printmaker, artist and Maryville College alumna from Nashville, Tenn., is the March artist-in-residence at Maryville College.

While on campus March 9-13, she will visit art classes and hold workshops for students, covering topics such as bookbinding, linoleum carving and letterpress printing.

Sullivan, who is the founder and owner of Crowing Hens Bindery in Nashville, will display “New Work from Crowing Hens Bindery” in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery from March 9 through 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Sullivan will give a presentation titled “Crowing Hens Bindery: Luddite, Meet the Cloud,” at 7 p.m. Mon., March 9 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sullivan earned a bachelor of arts degree in fine art from Maryville College in 2006 and a master of fine arts in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2014. She has worked as a designer and printer at Hatch Show Print, a historic letterpress poster print shop in downtown Nashville, and she was a graduate research assistant to Timothy Barrett at the University of Iowa Oakdale Paper Research and Production Facility.

“After graduating from Maryville College in May of 2006, I found myself increasingly interested in antiquated methods of making,” Sullivan said. “Beginning with my employment at a historic letterpress shop, I discovered an affinity for using tools and working with my hands, and I developed a fondness for displaced technologies of the past. A serendipitous introduction to bookbinding set off a chain reaction of research, making and marketing that eventually led to my attending a graduate book arts program at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Now a recent MFA graduate, I own and operate Crowing Hens Bindery in Nashville, Tennessee. As a business owner I have ultimate control over my time and the freedom to develop a product line that reflects my passion for quality, handmade, utilitarian products. The challenge now is how to connect with digitally savvy, cloud conscious consumers.”

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications 


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.