Born in Oak Park Illinois, Mary Jean Galivan began her journey as an artist at The Academy of Fine Art at a very young age. It was there she learned about painting. She won awards for best in show. This encouraged her to continue following her compulsion to create by refining her own visual and conceptual vocabulary. She works in a variety of mediums, including painting, intaglio printmaking, encaustic and sculpture. During the turbulence of the 60’s MJ first started exploring stream of conscious painting, inspired by the surrealist movement and enhanced by the conceptual art movement of that era. Her work can be found in collections in Tucson, Chicago and New York. Mary Jean studied art at Southern Illinois University in the late 1960’s, and she later received a BFA from the University of Arizona. She currently works in the printmaking department of Pima community college. She is a member of IEA, (International Encaustic Artists), and SAZWAX, a group of encaustic artists. She has done encaustic workshops with Miles Conrad and Catherine Nash. She has had many solo shows, at the Muse and Art Fare galleries. She has been in group shows around the United States. Her work can be found at Solar Culture Gallery. Her latest painting sold to Dr. Tomeika Strickland was donated to “Half the Sky”, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women.