Mary Wright Public Art Remnants Sought

For more than three decades, artist Mary Wright initiated a series of public art projects that helped Upper Peninsula communities connect meaningfully with their past. A committee planning a series of events to celebrate Wright's legacy is seeking help in identifying items from the various projects that are available and in displayable condition for an exhibition demonstrating her contributions to the region.

Wright's projects included family heritage poles, grandma doors, Finnish chairs, ancestor's clotheslines and remembering M-28 shovels. If someone has a remnant of one of these projects, and is interested in being involved, please contact Daniel Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University, at or 906-227-3212. 

A group of organizations have formed a planning committee to create a series of events in 2023 to celebrate Wright's legacy in the Upper Peninsula. The group is discussing what shape those events should take and is looking for community input. The exhibition featuring items from past projects Wright initiatied is one idea.

Prepared By

Kristi Evans
News Director