Mary Anne Wise is an esteemed American textile artist, curator and visionary advocate for indigenous textile traditions. She is nationally recognized as an accomplished weaver, inspired creator of one-of-a-kind hooked rugs, and, as a design teacher.
Her artwork is in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the US. In 2009 she co-founded Cultural Cloth to promote sales that support women textile practitioners from around the world including her Guatemalan rug-hooking students. In 2018 she co-authored Rug Money How A Group Of Maya Women Changed Their Lives Through Art and Innovation, an award-winning book that tells the story of her work with Maya rug makers, published by Thrums Books.
Wise lives on a century farmstead perched high above the Mississippi river in rural Wisconsin.