Mary Milelzcik was born in Chicopee Massachusetts. For as long as she can remember, she has been an artist with an interest in rocks, abstract shapes and the myriad of colors that make up the earth. Photography is an important tool in her creative and documentary projects as well as for capturing images to use as a base for her current mixed media encaustic paintings and prints.

Mary has a B.A. degree from Sonoma State University’s School of Expressive Arts, a radical two-year upper division interdisciplinary experimental program that existed for several years in the 70’s. Students, in consultation with faculty advisors and colleagues, designed their own course of study and were free to choose both the subjects and the media for their personal expression. She immersed herself in the world of printmaking at SSU and assisted Shane Weare in teaching etching. This transformative educational experience set the path for an interesting career as a mixed media artist and photographer, and also for 10 years as the Curator and Administrative Director at Highways Performance Space and Gallery, and currently as a nonprofit development strategist.

Since 2016 she has lived in Pahoa, Hawaii.