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Mary Nagel Klein


Casein is an ancient paint that uses the protein of milk to bind particles of color.  Having painted for many years in watercolor and oils, Nagel Klein settled on casein for its immediacy, timelessness, and environmental safety.  It's the perfect conduit with which to express her feelings about home, nature and relationships.

Nagel Klein loves the work of the Impressionists and tries to emulate their approach to color and visible brushstrokes within the realm of representation.  She also loves to paint outdoors and did so year-round when she painted with oils.  However, since casein is a water media and freezes, she now paints outdoors during spring, summer and fall - equally beautiful seasons within which to paint in Minnesota.



B.A. Mathematics, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL, 1993-97

Minnesota River School of Fine Art, Burnsville, MN, 2003-04


Public collections: 

St John's University, Collegeville, MN

Eastern Nebraska Veteran's Home, Bellevue, NE

Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul, MN



2018    Casein Fine Art Painting, self-published book

2013    Red Bird Chapbooks, Twin Cities, MN

2012    Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, MN

2009  Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly


Select Exhibitions: 

2019      NorthStar Watermedia National Exhibition, Lakeville, MN

2019      Summer Exhibition, Groveland Gallery, Mpls, MN

2019      Solo Show, Hewing Hotel, Kolman & Pryor Gallery, Mpls, MN

2019       Featured Artist, Red Wing Arts, Red Wing, MN

2018       National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Salamagundi  Club, NYC, NY

2018       Spring Floral Show, Opening Night Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2018       American Impressionist Society, Cincinnati, OH

2017       Small Paintings, Red Wing, MN

2017       Sleep & Stroke Conference, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2015       Solo Show, Women’s Club of Minneapolis, MN

2014       Solo Show, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Mpls, MN

2014       Solo Show, Children's Theatre Company, Mpls, MN

2010       Solo Show, Birger Sandzen Gallery, Lindsborg, KS

2009      Fine Art Exhibition - 2009 Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN

2008      Solo Show, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

2008      Solo Show, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

2008      Irving Sandler Selects, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

2007       The Blogger Show, Agni Gallery, New York, NY

2007       The Blogger Show, Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2006       Solo Show, Bethesda Hospital Gallery, St. Paul, MN

2005       Solo Show, Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2005       Tri-State National, Beaumont, TX

2005       American Impressionist Society 6th National, Taos, NM

2004       Vanitas, Robbins Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2003       Solo Show, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

2002       Year-Long Traveling Exhibition, National Watercolor Society, USA

2002       Solo Show, Into the Mystic Gallery, Minnetonka, MN

2001       83rd National Watercolor Society Exhibition, Orange County, CA

2000     MN State Watercolor Society 2000, White Bear Lake, MN


Awards and Honors: 

2019      Artist in Residence, Robert Henri Museum, Cozad, NE

2018       Demo Artist – NorthStar Watermedia Society

2017       Top Art Award – Mayo Clinic

2009       Artist's Initiative Grant - MN State Arts Board

2001       $1000 Cash Award from International Artists' Magazine

2001       Cover Image on Art Calendar Magazine

2000       First Honors, MN Watercolor Society

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