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Zach Mory

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Madison, WI

Birth year

Lives in
Glen Ellyn, IL

Works in


UW- Madison, 2008, MFA


Beginning with simple marks made with graphite or ink, I explore different systems and modalities within which those marks can function. One mark leads to the next and so on until what is left is an accumulated residue of the time spent within each particular modality.  Slowly each system exhausts itself or reaches it’s inherent structural conclusion. Sometimes this way of working manifests itself in pure non-objective process-oriented drawings, while other times it becomes more illustrative and psychedelic. Regardless of approach, my work is always is rooted in an exploration of minutia and mark making.

Even though my drawings function within a set of strict guidelines, each piece is its own entity and has its own unique outcome. There is a dichotomy between macro and micro. This tension between macro and micro and past and present creates the overall presence upon which the work is rooted. You are given the end result and get to reflect on the moments that led to it.


Zach Mory comes from the small town of Cottage Grove, WI, a few miles southeast of Madison, WI. Initially trained as a life drawer, his work slowly turned towards the abstract and non-objective possibilities of art making as his undergraduate schooling continued at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In the spring of 2008, he received his MFA from UW-Madison with a concentration in drawing. Since his graduation he has continued to work and has taught various courses throughout Wisconsin and Illinois including UW-Madison, Carthage College, Lawrence University, Ripon College. Most recently he has taught at Waubonsee Community college and at the College of DuPage in their graphic design program.



2013: Graphic Design Degree - College of DuPage
2008: MFA - University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007: MA - University of Wisconsin-Madison
2005: BS - University of Wisconsin-Madison



Luck of the Draw: A survery of contemporary drawing, The Bubbler, Madison, WI


6th Anniversary Show, Water Street Studios (curated by Aron Packer), Batavia, IL
Artprize 2015, Calvin College (106) Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
The Base Line: An Exhibition on Drawing (Curated by Aron Packer), Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL
Little Galleries (Little Monroe Gallery), Madison, WI
Drawn 2, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Poetic Dialogue Exchange (collaboration with Kevin Prufer), Chicago, IL


The Celeste Prize 2014 Exhibition, Assab One, Milan, Italy, November 2014

Artprize, Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids, MI, September-October 2014

Marks and Monsters, Artslant Exhibition, Chicago, IL, September-October 2014

Lovey Town: "I Can't Spell Group Without A You" (A group show about group shows), Madison, WI

2014 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, SLAC pop-up, Chicago, IL


Fountain Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Prairie State University , Chicago, IL
2013 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, SLAC pop-up, Chicago, IL
Local Arts Night through People Made Visible, featured artist, West Chicago, IL


Artprize, Calvin College Gallery (106), Grand Rapids, MI
PreOccupied, Fine Arts Building through Michigan University, Chicago, IL
Solo Exhibition, Morton College, Chicago, IL
1562 Collective, River North Lofts, Chicago, IL 


Work on Paper, Governor's State University, University Park, IL
Artprize, Women's City Club (curated by the Kendall College of Art), Grand Rapids, MI
S L O W, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Light and Air 2, Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL
Multiplicity, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
B-Sides, Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL


Light and Air, Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL
Geometrically Speaking, Abryant Gallery, Chicago, IL
Bright New Talent, Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL
DELINEATE: A Drawing Invitational, University of South Carolina, McMaster Gallery
Solo Exhibition, Ripon College, Ripon, WI


Big Bangs II, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Paper Works, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA
22nd Annual Works on Paper, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

2008 and earlier

In Cahoots, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
Beginnings and Ends: An MFA Exhibit, Project Lodge, Madison, WI
80th Annual UW Student Art Show, Porter Butts Gallery, Madison, WI
Third Year Review, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI 
QUIET/loud, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
Red-Headed Stepchild, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
The UW-Madison MFA Show, Steinhiber Gallery, Oshkosh, WI
Drawn: An MA Exhibition, 734 Gallery, Madison, WI
Paper Works Continued, Shotgun House, Portland, OR
Paper Works, 734 Gallery, Madison, WI
First Base, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
Men Who Sew, Green Lantern Gallery, Mineral Point, WI
77th Annual UW Student Art Show, Porter Butts Gallery, Madison, WI
73rd Annual UW Student Art Show, Porter Butts Gallery, Madison, WI
Bob Schultz and Students, Kingsfoot Gallery, Madison, WI


Celeste Prize Finalist 2014, November 2014
ARTslant Juried winner Round 5, August 2014
ARTslant Showcase Winner, July 2014
Best Portfolio, College of DuPage Portfolio Night 2013
Best Illustration for "Danny's World", College of DuPage Portfolio Night 2013
Adobe Achievement Design Awards Semi-Finalist, 2013
Participant, Coalition Gallery through the CAC, 2010-2011
Residency, Chicago Artist Coalition at the Merchandise Mart, 2010-2012
Visiting Artist, Waubonsee Community College, 2010
Temkin Award, 2008
Porter Butts Purchase Award, 2008
Wisconsin Union Directorate Award, 2008
MFA Fellowship Award, 2007
Wisconsin Union Directorate Award, 2005


Starry Night's Artists to Look Out For, Featured artist, September 2014
365 Artists/365 Days, Featured Artist, July 2014
Drawing Served, Featured Artist (Behance's Curated drawing site), June 2014
Studio Visit, June 2014
Sixty Inches From Center, September 2013
New American Paintings #95 Midwest, August 2011
Brainflower (featured artist and designer of tradtional illustration chapter page), May 2013
ElevenEleven Journal issue 10, California College of the Arts, August 2011
Burnaway (, review for SLOW, September 2011
Flagpole (, review for SLOW, September 2011
NewCity Art, review for Light and Air, November 2010
Interview for Sketchpages (, September 2009



University of Wisconsin-Madison, Beginning through Advanced Life Drawing (fall 2008 - spring 2010)
Lawrence University, Drawing 1 (winter term 2009), Introduction to Studio Arts (spring term 2009) 
Ripon College, Computer Assisted Art (fall and spring 2010-2011), Drawing 1, (spring 2009)
Carthage College, Drawing 1 (fall 2008), Life Drawing (spring 2010)
Waubonsee Community College, Drawing 1 and 2 (summer 2011-spring 2013)
College of DuPage, Typography, Digital Illustration 1, Graphic Design 1 (summer 2013-present)

Recent Exhibits

Zach Mory participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 The Base Line
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
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