Mary Daniel Hobson has been pursuing photography for over thirty years. Trained as an art historian, her graduate studies of Surrealism inspired her to combine mixed media with photography. Whether building layered collages, creating intricate still lives, or bottling photographs in mineral oil, Hobson consistently explores layered experience and inner geography.

2016     Seager/Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2014     Gallery 291, Mill Valley, CA
2011     Cavallo Point Art Gallery, Sausalito, CA
2008     Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Modern Book, Palo Alto, CA
2007     Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY
2005     Modern Book Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Thousand Cranes Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003     Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Modern Book Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
State University of Idaho, Pocatello, ID
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2001     Institute for Health and Healing, CA Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Commonweal Institute, Bolinas, CA
1999     Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998     Sight and Insight Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1996     Ruth Ramberg Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2024      8 x10 Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2023      Datz Press: Contemporary Voices in Global Photobooks, San Francisco Center for the Book, CA
2022      Selections from the Permanent Collection, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
              Ripples, UC College of the Law San Francisco (formerly Hastings Law School), San Francisco, CA
             8 x10 Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2021     Place and Beyond, D’Ark Room, Seoul, South Korea
             Vantage Points, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
             8 x10 Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2020     Benefit Exhibition, Bolinas Museum, CA
2019     Material Memory, outside gallery, North Adams, MA
2018     Journey of Transformation, Datz Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
2017     The Visual Metric, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
             Inner Nature, Gallery 1317, San Francisco, CA
             Ancestors and the Land, Geography of Hope Conference, Point Reyes, CA
2016     The Hour of Land, Euqinom Projects, San Francisco, CA
             The Art of the Book, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2015     Private Portals, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC
2013     Miniatures Exhibition, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
2012     Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Stinson Beach Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
             Femmescapes: An Exhibit of the Niles Collection, 70 Southpark, San Francisco, CA
             Art + Life, Commonweal Gallery, Bolinas, CA
2011     Approaching the Unreal, Modern Book Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010     Prints Byte: The Cutting Edge of Printmaking, SomArts Cultural Center, SF, CA
             Seduction of Duchamp, Artzone 461, San Francisco, CA & Museum of Los Gatos, CA
2009     Human Nature, Houston Center for Photography, Houtson, TX
             Seduction of Duchamp, Slaughterhouse Space, Healdsburg, CA
2008     Giving Shelter, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
             Subjects of Power and Devotion, OAS Secretariat Building, Washington DC
             Art and Text, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, WA
2007     Figuratively Speaking, a three-person exhibit, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
             Subjects of Power and Devotion, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY
             Photo + Construct, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2006     Photograph as Representation…, Maryland Art Place and Prada Gallery, Washington DC
             Photography, Soke Fine Art, Denver, CO
             The Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Gallery, San Diego, CA
2005     Center Awards Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
             12 Women, Delta University, Midland, MI
              Celebrate Photography, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
2004     Alternative Processes Competition, Soho Photo, New York, NY
             Alternative Processes: A Traveling Exhibit, Texas Photographic Society, US
2003     National Competition Winners, Camera Club of New York, NY
             Photography Now, Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
             Cut, Copy, and Paste, De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
              Alternative Processes: A Traveling Exhibit, Texas Photographic Society, US
2002     Entanglements, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
             Cabinets of Wonder/Redux, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2002     Center Awards Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2001     Vivid: SF Camerawork’s Juried Members Show, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
2000     Alternative Processes: Exploration, Observation & Assemblage, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
1999     Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
             Body/Language, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
1998     Berkeley Art Center’s Annual Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
             Illuminance: 1998 Photographic Work, Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX
1998     The Manipulated Photographic Image, Fine Arts Center, Taos, NM
             Healing Art, Museum of Fine Arts, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
1997     California Small Works, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA


“Mary Daniel Hobson,” featured artist, Leaping Clear, Fall 2021
“Staged Photography,” online exhibition, curated by Ann Mitchell, Thinking About Photography, Spring 2021
Offerings, a monograph published by Datz Press, South Korea, 2019
“Mary Daniel Hobson,” artwork and interview with Anne Veh, Gitz: Process and Attitude, Datz Press, South Korea, 2018
“A Conversation with Mary Daniel Hobson,” Rue Harrison,, 2017
Inner Nature: Eight Bay Area Photographers, exhibition catalogue, Gallery 1317, 2017
“Mary Daniel Hobson: Invocations,” Shadow & Light Magazine, October–November 2016
The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams, pages 362 & 373, Sarah Crichton Books, 2016
The Man in Bogotá, a limited-edition artist book by Pacific Editions, 2015
Milagros, artwork in Inquiring Mind, Fall 2012
“Minding the Body” by Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal, April 7, 2011
Evocations, artwork in Tricycle Magazine, August 2010
The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, p. 145, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Mapping the Journey, pages 3-8, Healing Environments, 2009
“In the Studio: Lisa Neimuth and Mary Daniel Hobson” Western Art & Architecture, Winter 2008
“Mary Daniel Hobson at the Bolinas Museum,” Artweek, June 2007
“Bottle Dreams by Mary Daniel Hobson,” Practice: Art + Text, June 2007
Photograph as Representation and Reflection of Cultural Objects, catalogue, Maryland Art Place, 2006
“Review of Photo New York 2005” by Joel Simon, The New York Art World, October 2005
“Contest Winners” in Popular Photography, January 2005
“Artist of the Day: Mary Daniel Hobson,” an interview in the Marin Independent Journal, May 2004
Alternative Processes: A Traveling Exhibition, catalogue, Texas Photographic Society, 2004
“Mary Daniel Hobson: Mapping the Body” by Erica Wheeler, Camera Arts, June/July 2003
Cabinets of Wonder/Redux, exhibition catalogue, Palo Alto Art Center, Fall 2002
“Interview with Mary Daniel Hobson,” by Benny Shaboy, Studio Notes, Summer 2001
Cover Image, Ways of the Healer, Winter 1999/2000
Cover Image, Moxie Magazine, Summer 1999

Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
Casilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
Institute for Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
New York Public Library, New York, NY
The Paul Sack Collection/Sack Photographic Trust, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Twitter, San Francisco, CA
University of California, Berkeley, CA
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Nominated for a Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA, 2007
Nominated for a SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA, 2005
First Place Award, Soho Photo Gallery’s Alternative Processes Exhibition, New York, NY, 2004
Individual Artist Grant, Marin Arts Council, San Rafael, CA, 2002
Editors’ Award & Audience Award: Best Local Visual Artist, Bay Area City Search, SF, CA, 2000
Finalist, Calumet Emerging Photographer Award, Friends of Photography, San Francisco, CA, 1999
Award Winner, Lubbock Fine Art Center, Lubbock, TX, 1998
Award Winner, Cameraworks Juried Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM, 1996
Graduate Achievement Award from the University of New Mexico, 1994
Townsend Fellowship for Graduate Study from Vassar College, 1994
The Gertrude Buttenweiser Prins Prize for Excellence in Art History from Vassar College, 1991
General and Departmental Honors from Vassar College, 1991

1996      M.A. in the History of Photography, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Thesis: Blind Insight: Three Routes to the Unconscious in the Photographs of Dora Maar
1991     B.A. in Art History, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Thesis: Horror Through the Eyes of Beauty: Lee Miller’s Photographs of World War II

Workshop Teacher & Mentor, various venues, 2006-present
Executive Director, Arts & Healing Network (, Stinson Beach, CA, 1997–2015
Advisory Faculty, JFK University, Berkeley, CA, 2006-2008
Lecturer, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, 2000-2001
Research Associate, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 1998–2000
Exhibition Assistant, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, 1998