Born in California in 1961, Mary Tuma started her studies an apprentice at Beautiful Arts Hall in Kerdassa in Egypt, where she learned to weave tapestries. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Costume and Textile Design from the University of California at Davis, and then went on to study women’s fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Tuma pursued her Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 1994 from the University of Arizona. She now serves as an Associate Professor and the head of the Fibers Program at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Tuma's work has appeared in Art in America, Dar Al-Hayat, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Counterpunch, NYArts, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle, Worker’s World,The Jordan Star, and many others.
- The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces - 2011 in Dairy Center for the Arts / Boulder, Colorado / USA
- Wall Stories - 2008 in Jerusalem Fund Gallery / Washington, DC / USA