New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Mary-Ann Prack

New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, is presenting “Body Language”, featuring boldly-colored, abstract, figurative sculpture by Mary-Ann Prack, on view through May 31, 2015.


Mary-Ann Prack was drawn to the unlimited potential for creative expression that is characteristic of clay, her medium of choice for over 30 years. She uses a non-traditional approach to the use of clay in terms of design, scale and finish techniques. Her designs and construction are distinctive, colorful, precise and display a geometric purity of form and surface detail.


“I love the challenge of using color, line, texture and geometric shapes to create sculpture that comes alive with real human qualities and emotion,” says Prack.

Prack’s background in the arts really began over a century ago with the creation, by her grandfather, of an architectural design firm in Pittsburgh, PA. By 1910, the firm had added an office in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and several more members of the Prack family, including her father.  “Prack & Prack – A & E” became the quiet start of an iconic architectural, engineering and fine art family tradition that has spanned three generations and two countries.


Prack began her formal fine art education at the University of Guelph in Ontario; continued at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Florida Atlantic University where she studied both fine art and interior design. From this extensive arts foundation she has developed figurative sculpture that transforms the visual language of form, color, line and texture into what are, for her, serious but spirited and elegant abstractions of the human form.

New Gallery of Modern Art is located at 435 South Tryon Street, Suite 110, in Uptown Charlotte, across the street from the Bechtler and Mint Museums.

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