Mary Whyte American Watercolor Artist


Charleston Magazine, May 2024 issue

Charleston Magazine Features the Patriot Art Foundation and Mary Whyte 

Mary Whyte Donates Bronze Statue to the City of Charleston

Watercolor Figurative Artist, Mary Whyte donated the only bronze statue of her career to the City of Charleston.  The bronze statue of ‘Lilly’, a little girl reaching to the sky was installed at the Waterfront Park, downtown Charleston, South Carolina.  An unveiling and dedication ceremony, hosted by Mayor John Tecklenburg, was held at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Vendue Range & Concord Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401, on Friday, April 15th at 11:30 AM, EST. 
“On behalf of our citizens, I'd like to thank Mary Whyte. This remarkable statue of Lilly is a beautiful and joyous work of art, and I can't imagine a more appropriate home for it than Waterfront Park.” Mayor John Tecklenburg

“The statue of Lilly is not only a tribute to our African American community, but will be a joyful welcome to Waterfront Park visitors as well.” Mary Whyte  

WE THE PEOPLE Opens at the National Museum of the Marine Corps

READ THE ARTICLE , by Mark Walker for the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

American Veterans Take Center Stage in WE THE PEOPLE Exhibition

READ THE ARTICLE by Joel Oliphint, Columbus Alive 
WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition

WE THE PEOPLE Virtual Tour

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is temporarily closed.  
A VIRTUAL TOUR, hosted by Mary Whyte, is now available.

National Veterans Memorial and Musuem 
300 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 362-2800  |  (888) 987-6866

September 18, 2020 - March 21, 2021


Mary Whyte Receives the National Daughters of the American Revolution's Highest Honors

Mary Whyte Awarded Two National Honors

Mary Whyte has been awarded the DAR's Medal of Honor, the organization's highest award for her contributions to our American Heritage.  Former recipients include Barbara Bush and Tom Brokaw.  

The Emotion of a Moment - The Pat Conroy Literary Festival

A Mary Whyte interview by Holland Perryman for the Pat Conroy Literary Festival and the Crescendo arts festival.  


Mary Whyte Supports St. Christopher

Mary Whyte Donates Watercolors to Save St. Christopher

Check out the article to learn more about Camp St. Christopher, Seabrook Island, South Carolina - and for offerings by Mary Whyte, with proceeds benefiting Camp St. Christopher. 


Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Covers WE THE PEOPLE Exhibition

READ THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ARTICLE about WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 9/18/20 - 3/14/21

In the studio: Mary Whyte

Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center in New York interviewed Mary Whyte.  
Article by Allison Malafronte

WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition Won!

WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition voted BEST EXHIBITION 2019 by the Charleston City Paper! 
Thank you for voting!

Forbes article - WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition

READ THE ARTICLE  - by Chadd Scott

Charleston Artist Honors Our Nation's Veterans

South Carolina Public Radio 


Carolinas Freedom Foundation Awards the Freedom Award to Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte received the Freedom Award by the Carolinas Freedom Foundation, at the Charlotte Convention Center, with more than 700 veterans, sponsors, first-responders and guests in attendance. Pictured with Mary is the Carolinas Freedom Foundation Founder, Col. Quincy Collins.


Charleston watercolor artist Mary Whyte unveils ambitious 50-portrait series of veterans

Charleston Post and Courier Feature about WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition 
October 25th - Decmeber 22nd, 2019
City Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina


Home of the Brave

The August 2019 issue of American Art Collector Magazine showcases the WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition.  Pick up a copy today or log in HERE to read the article!

Internationally renowned artist Mary Whyte brings veteran portrait paintings to the City Gallery this fall

CLICK HERE to read the Charleston City Paper article regarding WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition. 

Artist Uses Paintbrush to Capture Essence of Veterans

CLICK HERE to read the Connecting Vets article, by Julie LeDoux, about WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America Exhibition.  

The Art of Outreach Gathering with Mary Whyte

Celebrate and Support the Work of the Barrier Island Environmental Education Local Outreach Program
  • April 17, 2019 - 6 PM
  • St. Christopher Conference Center, 2810 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island, SC
  • Proceeds to Benefit Local Outreach to Sea Island Students
  • Tickets:  $75.00 
  • Artwork by Mary Whyte and Her Students
  • Music with Ann Caldwell
  • Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
  • Wine, Beer 
Click here to purchase tickets

Masters of Watercolor

Although watercolor has been recognized as a quintessentially American medium, it is receiving increasing attention globally.  A new book publication from Russia called Masters of Watercolor features one of Mary Whyte's paintings on the cover, and includes works by many of the world's finest contemporary watercolor painters.  This fall Mary Whyte will be joining several artists to paint in China.

Learn More About Masters of Watercolor

Mary Whyte Meets George W.

An Artist and a President
Recently Mary Whyte was invited to Dallas to “talk art” with George W. Bush.  The former president took up painting five years ago, and during the visit inscribed his recent book to Whyte with “From one artist to a really fine artist.”
Read the Post and Courier column here. 
Read the Tidelines blog here. 


Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Exhibition

Portraits of Life:  The Art of Mary Whyte

May 20, 2017 - November 20, 2017
UPDATE!  By popular demand, the exhibition has been extended through January 2, 2018!

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68131

The Making of the Art at the Buffett Cancer Center

Soar, watercolor on paper, 27 1/2 x 21 inches
Donated to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

An Artist's Way of Seeing: Watercolor Portrait Artist Mary Whyte

Meet Acclaimed American Watercolor Artist Mary Whyte
Prime Women 
Click here to read the article 

photo by Jack Alterman

Conducting with a Paintbrush!

Charleston Symphony Orchestra concert, Friday, May 26, 2017 from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
As the winner of the Pursuit of the Podium fundraising contest, Mary Whyte conducted a short piece during the curtain raising concert, Sunset Serenade, on the steps of the U.S. Custom House, kicking off Piccolo Spoleto, Charleston's fourteen day arts festival through June 11th.  Brava Mary! 
(Photo by Jack Alterman) 

Watch the video here! 


Artist and Subject: Mary Whyte and Mary Jackson

The Gibbes Museum of Art presents an Artist talk:
Artist and Subject:  Mary Whyte and Mary Jackson
Artists Mary Whyte and Mary Jackson will talk with Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack about their work, their relationship, and the role of the artist and the sitter. 
In partnership with Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Wednesday, May 31
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

$20 Members, $25 Non-Members, $10 Students/Faculty, with ID



In 2016 the Portrait Society of America chose Mary Whyte as the Society’s Gold Medal recipient. A renowned watercolor artist, Mary is also a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned international recognition.
Gold Medal Announcement 
Truth, Skill and Vision - these three words are engraved on the reverse side of the Portrait Society's Gold Medal. This award, presented annually by the Portrait Society, honors a lifelong dedication to excellence, as well as recognition of a distinguished body of work that serves to foster and enhance fine art portraiture and figurative works in America.
Past recipients have included some of America's most renowned artists including Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Nelson Shanks, Philip Pearlstein and Burton Silverman.  Join us as we congratulate Mary Whyte as her name is added to this impressive roster of artists of achievement.

CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING - Mary Whyte Featured Artist