Mary Hark is the proprietor of Hark! Handmade Papers, which specializes in small editions of high quality flax and linen papers. In 2006, Hark received a Senior Fulbright Research Grant to study textiles in West Africa. Since that time, she has spent several months each year as an Artist-in-Residence at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, where she is building the first hand paper mill in West Africa. She received MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mary Hark exhibits her mixed media work internationally.