Mary Van Cline went to Massachusetts College of Art from 1980-82 and received her MFA. Previous to that, from 1979-80 she attended Penland School of Crafts. Before that Van Cline earned a BFA from Texas Women’s University which she was at from 1976-77. She also took classes at North Texas State University, Denton, TX from 1972-76.
Mary Van Cline has received many awards throughout her impress career. Some of them are the 1998 Grand Prize, Glass Kanazawa 98, Kanazawa, Japan; 1991 Washington State Arts Commission, Visual Arts Fellow; 1989 Creative Glass Center of America, Masterwork Artist; 1987 Japan-US Friendship Commission/NEA Cultural Exchange Award (six months residency in Japan); 1987 K. Fujita Prize, Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark, Inaugural Exhibit; 1986 Pilchuck Glass School, Scholarship; 1985 New York State Arts Council/New York Experimental Glass Workshop – Artist in Residence; 1984 Massachusetts Arts and Humanities, Fellowship; 1983 Creative Glass Center, Wheaton-Inaugural Fellow; 1982 Capitol Glass Invitational, Inaugural Award; 1979 Penland School of Crafts, Scholarship and the 1978 City of Dallas, Artist in Residence.
Van Cline’s list of Public Collections include the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Detroit Institute for the Arts, Detroit, MI; Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark; Hunter Museum of Art, Hunter, GA; Huntsville Museum of Modern Art, Huntsville, AL; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV; Kanazawa Design Institute, Kanazawa, Japan; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Smithsonian Institute, Renwick Gallery, National Gallery of American Art, Washington DC and the Wheaton American Glass Museum, Millville, NJ.