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Artist Mary Shand Rule was born Mary Heyward Shand August 8, 1929, in Columbia, South Carolina, where she was largely raised. She spent two years at Stratford College in Danville, Virginia, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1950 with a degree in psychology and art (studying under Yaghjian and Augusta Rembert Wittkowsky Walsh and in the class with Jasper Johns). That same year she married Julian Rule, after which they lived briefly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and finally in Arlington, Virginia. The couple had three children whom Mary supported through teaching art in the public schools. In the 1960s she returned for further study at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and at the University of Virginia. Mary died in Arlington of cancer in 2003.

She has exhibited her artwork in group exhibitions including the Keane Mason Gallery, NY, in which she won the Best of 1981 Award. Her artwork is in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including the Wofford College, South Carolina, among others. She studied at the University of Virginia and Corcoran School of Art.

2001 Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Arlington, VA
2001 Opera Theater of Northern Virginia Arlington, VA
1999 Ellipse Arts Center Arlington, VA
1996 Abney Gallery New York, NY
1995 Ellipse Arts Center Arlington, VA
1991 Washington Project for the Arts Washington, DC
1989 Studio 10 Washington, DC
1987 Education Center Gallery Arlington, VA
1986 Spartanburg Arts Center Spartanburg, SC
1981 Keane Mason Gallery | Best of 1981 Award New York, NY
1981 Washington World Gallery Washington, DC
1980 Arlington Arts Center Arlington, VA
1978 Walter Hopps Temporary Gallery Washington, DC
1977 Washington Project for the Arts Washington, DC
1969 Society of Washington Artists Washington, DC
1968 Corcoran Gallery Washington, DC
1967 Virginia Museum Richmond, VA
1984 Metro Gallery Arlington, VA
1966 Lee Gallery Alexandria, VA
1961 A.B.A Gallery Georgetown, DC
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