Wild Creations Digital Access: Mary L. Proctor

Join the Museum of Fine Arts curatorial team as we explore artwork by women artists in the museum’s collection. Wild Creations is designed to showcase the powerful contributions of women artists throughout history, while offering participants an opportunity to examine structural forces that have led to inequality in the art world.

In Workshop 2, we’re highlighting American self-taught artist, Mary L. Proctor. To get started, follow this lesson guide  with a quiz by MFA Curatorial and Registration Assistant, Erin Wilson, and explore Proctor’s career as an artist as well as one of her first doors, Dancing on the Street Pave[d] in Gold, that was gifted to the museum in 2007. Then, watch this video with Wilson discussing Proctor’s childhood as well as the inherent challenges associated when artists are so broadly characterized as being self-taught. Click here to submit your quiz answers to be eligible for prizes, and look for a special Wild Creations tour once our museum reopens!

Thank you for participating — and for becoming your very own Wild Creation.


Image credit: Mary L. Proctor, (American, b. 1960), Dancing on the Street Pave [d] in Gold (detail), 1996, Mixed media with found objects on wooden door, Gift of Donna and Thomas Brumfield, Jr.