From automobile design with The Ford Motor Company-Detroit, through Toy design. From fashion design through graphic and book illustration. From experimental metal research to product development.
Mary Ann Scherr was trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art, The University of Akron, Kent State University, The New School. NYC, and Durham Tech Computer Center. She is the former Chair of the Product Design Department at Parsons School of Design, New York and the New School For Social Research, New York. Educator at Duke University, Meredith College, North Carolina State University; Haystack, Maine. Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina; is former Associate Professor of Metals Graduate Studies at Kent State University. Ms Scherr has conducted studio demonstrations throughout USA and other countries including, Seoul,Korea/ Tokyo,Japan /Caracas Venezuela/ Montreal, Canada / Mexico. She has exhibited and lectured internationally; Korea, Russia, Japan, Venezuala. She has been a consultant with Reed & Barton Silversmiths and Perry Ellis, Fashion Designer. Her studio produces both unique works and prototypes for limited and mass production.
Her jewelry and art/design works are in the permanent collections of major museums, including The Vatican Museum of Art in Rome/ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City/ The Museum of Art + Design, New York City/ The National Museum of American Art-The Renwick. Gallery, Washington, DC/ The Yale Museum of Art, New Haven, Conn/ The Akron Art Museum, Ohio/ The Smithsonian Institution-Medical Division,Washington, DC/Goldsmith Hall, London, England / The James A. Michener Collection/ The Wm Penn Historical Museum, Pittsburgh. PA./ The White House Christmas Collection/ The US National Archives, Washington, DC. She is selected for The Smithsonian Institutional International Archives Washington, DC / The Columbia University International Archival Collection, New York City/ Houston Museum of Fine Arts,Houston,TX/ The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA , Ms Scherr is in many private collections, (selected) list) The late HRH, The Duke of Windsor, Erma Bombeck, Sylvia Porter, John S.Knight, Liz Clayborne, Helen Drutt, The Knapp Jewelry Collection, Agnes Gund, Chelsea Clinton, Madame Singmon Rhe, Korea/ The Andy Warhol Collection, auctioned in New York City/ The U.S.Steel Corp. ,Pittsburg ,PA. The ALCOA Co. Pittsburgh, PA , Larry Wheeler, Raleigh, NC/ Yuri Solouvia, Russia.
Mary Ann Scherr pioneered the use of exotic metals in adornment, stainless steel, rare earth metals, aluminum and mild steels. Through commissions from The Aluminum Company of America,(ALCOA) and The United States Steel Company,(USS), these collections toured nationally and were published through media processes. She is internationally recognized for her research and development of electronic "BODY MONITORS" and shares this investigation with other scientists. This work has earned her patents and an Honorary Degree, “Doctor of Humane Letters, and is included in the United States National Archives She has developed and copyrighted a metal-etch process. She has earned a "Lifetime Achievement" AWARD from The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and received the "Distinguished Women of North Carolina" AWARD. Kent State University AWARD, the first annual "Excellence in Crafts: 1995".The City Council of Raleigh, NC Arts Commission AWARD "The Medal of Arts 1997”, Award for ”Extraordinary Achievements In The Arts”; ”BEST OF ‘98.- Ohio Craft Museum, AWARD. Outstanding Woman in Art,1999; AWARD and “North Carolina Outstanding Woman In Art”2000-AWARD; The "ALCOA Sculptures"-. in the Permanent Collection- in the Historical Museum of West Penn., in Pennsylvania,PA; .Recipient ”National Metal’s Medal of Honor-2002” Society of N.American Goldsmiths;. Selected for the 3 Year National Museum Tour- "ART OF GOLD-2002-2007" ;.AWARD-" The North Carolina Governor’s Achievement in Fine Art- 2002” ; Penland 75"- Mint Museum, NC 2003; “Educator/Educated,2005"; "The FACULTY of ,92 ST. Y,NYC"; Columbus Museum of Art ”Modernism” 2005; "Yale University .Permanent Collection. American Jewelry 1700-2005".; Author/Chapter-Etching " The Penland Book of Jewelry", 2006; North Carolina Cultural Resources-Fine Arts Tour.;-"LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD-2007"-Society of N.American Goldsmiths; “Honored Artist”-Penland School of Crafts-2009; Raleigh Fine Arts Society Exhibition, Raleigh, NC2009; SOFA2009-- **-Mobilia Gallery,New Yotk City;. Selected Artist-“Guess Who is Coming To Dinner”- Raleigh United Arts Council-2009- 2010. “”RETROSPECTIVE –2011”- Roundabout Gallery,
Mary Ann Scherr is a former Board member of The Society of American Goldsmiths (SNAG); A Fellow of The American Craft Council; Honorary Associate of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London; Former Advisory Board of the Gallery, North Carolina State University, Former member of the Board of Trustees of Penland School of Crafts;; ;Bd. Member of The Raleigh Fine Arts Society; former member of the Raleigh City Council's Art Commission; Instructor-North Carolina State University/Craft Center//Member of The Roundabout Art Collective,2011 Board Member,Gregg Museum,Raleigh, NC.