Mary Jane Allen Armstrong
Mary Jane took her first metal arts class at the Madison Technical College in 2002. She went on to study metal arts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her studio is at Mendota Mental Health Institute, the state mental hospital where she provides art classes for the patients as a barter for rent.
“I have collected things for their design elements, sometimes using the piece or some of its elements, sometimes just for use as inspiration. Using someone else’s place to start from presents its own challenge, often overwhelming and often dismissed . This group effort, using reclaimed materials intrigued me. ”Mary Jane Allen Armstrong