1978: BA in sculpture, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
1980: MFA in painting and performance, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1978: Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1981: NAME Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1981, 1984, 1986: Deson-Saunders Gallery
1982: Recent color : an exhibition of photographs by Mary Ahrendt, Reed Estabrook, Bernard Faucon, Vahé Guzelimian, David Haxton, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1983: New Photography, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, New York
1984: Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1984: CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1984: Constructed Works, Institute of Contemporary Art of the Virginia Museum, Richmond, Virginia
1986: Nude, Naked, Stripped, Albert and Vera List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1987: Images for human conduct : Mary Ahrendt, Anita David, Robert Peters, Jonathan Waterbury, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
1988: First Person Singular: Self-Portrait Photography, High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
1990: Toward the Future: Contemporary Art in Context, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
1991: Ehlers-Caudill Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1991: Summer Exhibition, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
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