Born in London, England, but raised in Evanston, Illinois, Mary F. Coats is currently based in Iowa City, Iowa. She received an M.F.A from the University of Iowa in 2013 where she was awarded the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship in Painting. Recent exhibitions include Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2, an international curatorial project by Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Funkytown at Urbano Cellars Art Space in Berkeley, CA, Retrieval of the Beautiful at The Painting Center in New York, NY, and Grinnell Studio Faculty Exhibition at the Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell, IA. She was awarded an Artist Grant from the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and has taught at the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, and Kirkwood Community College.