Mary Zicafoose Tapestries and Prints, Omaha, NE

Healing and Hope tapestries, mantras in fifteen languages

The Healing Arts Program of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC in Omaha commissioned these ikat tapestries to welcome guests to the lobby of this new healing facility.

latest news

Mary Receives NAC Individual Artist Fellowship Award

The Nebraska Arts Council's Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes exemplary work by Nebraska artists and provides support through public recognition and monetary awards. The program rotates annually, highlighting different artistic disciplines each year. Mary, along with eight other artists were chosen to receive this 2019 grant for visual arts.

Interweave Press Taps Mary to Create Ikat Book

This year Mary is writing an introductory level book about ikat techniques and processes to be released in 2019. Interweave Press will be publishing the inspirational book featuring both natural and synthetic dye formulas and processes, in addition to instructional ikat projects.

NET Television Interviews Mary

Consider This with Cathy Wyatt interviewed Mary for an episode about the UNMC Healing Arts program. View the episode here.


Mary Begins Fifth Year of Artist, Inc. Facilitatorship

Omaha Creative Institute begins its fifth season of Artist, Inc. on Tuesday evenings September 11 through October 30th. Mary will share her professional and creative experience with a new group of Artist, Inc. cohorts.

Great Plains Textile Center's Founding Board of Directors

To help launch the newly formed Great Plains Textile Center, Mary will serve as an adviser to the board of directors. The center's mission is to provide instruction, inspiration, equipment and materials to ignite textile arts within our community. 

Omaha Magazine Feature's Mary and Her Work at the Buffett Cancer Center

In the September/October issue of Omaha Magazine, Kim Reiner interviewed Mary about her recent installation at UNMC's Buffett Cancer Center lobby. Visit their website to read the article.

Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Tapestries Installed

Mary's most recent commission, the Healing and Hope tapestries for UNMC's Buffett Cancer Center lobby were installed Saturday, April 29, 2017. These ikats took 12 months from conception to reveal. There are approximately 1000 dyepots of yarn, 358,560 square inches of ikat and tapestry which took Mary and her three studio assistants one year to complete.

Hope and Healing Tapestries Receive Best OEAA Public Art Award for 2017

In February, Mary was honored to receive the OEAA award for Best Public Art from the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards.

Visit the OEA website.

Holland Performing Arts Center Acquires Mary Zicafoose's Tapestries for Zinc Cafè

The new cafè at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha was dedicated in May. Omaha Performing Arts selected four tapestries from the Mountain for the Buddha Series.

Mary receives the WCA Tribute to Women Award

The WCA's signature event, Tribute to Women celebrates extraordinary women in our community, recognizing their service and dedication to making Omaha a better place for all those that live here. Mary was honored to be a 2015 recipient of this award from the WCA.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment Blog Features Mary's Perspective on Her Career

In June, the blog of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment featured an article about Mary's introduction to textiles. Read her narrative on the What's Your Livelihood blog.

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events schedule 

  • October 6, 2018 - April 6, 2019
    Mary Zicafoose: The Alchemy of Color and Cloth
    UNMC Healing Arts Gallery
    Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
    505 S. 45th Street
    Omaha, NE 
    Artists Reception and Lecture March 7, 2019, 4 pm - 6 pm

  • January 11-April 14, 2019
    Nebraska Eight: Women’s Invitational Exhibition
    Gallery 1516
    15416 Leavenworth
    Omaha, NE
    Artists Reception Saturday, January 19, 5 pm - 7pm
    Public Reception Sunday, January 20, 4 pm - 7pm

  • July 9-14, 2019
    New England Weavers & Spinners Conference (NEWS)
    Keynote speaker & workshop
    Smith College
    Northhampton, MA

  • December 2019
    Ikat Book Release
    Public Launch, TBD

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