Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert was born in Bryan, Texas in 1956 and was a 1975 graduate of Bryan High School. She was known as “Annie” to her family. She was a resident of Huntsville from 1977-1994, where she met her future husband of twenty-nine years Mark Lambert.
Mary Ann was a graduate of Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, TX with a BFA and MA in studio art, where she studied under Professors Evelyn Anderson, Charles Pebworth, Harry Ahysen, Jimmy Barker, and Dr. Darrell Patrick.
Mary Ann first learned to sew at the age of five and was a lifelong textile artist who worked in several other mediums including drawing, printmaking, and pottery before later becoming a professional quilter. She attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston for over thirty years and was extremely gratified when she was finally able to exhibit her own art quilts there.
Mary Ann’s quilts have been exhibited across the United States and in five other countries (Mexico, Ireland, England, Netherlands, Japan), including at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, TX. One of her quilts was included in the important Texas quilt history publication Lone Stars III: A Legacyof Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 (UT Press, 2011), as well as several other pieces appearing in recent art publications.
Mary Ann was a dedicated public servant providing arts programs and government services to adults and children in Texas for over 35 years, first in the Walker County Clerk’s Office (1 year), then the City of Huntsville Enrichment Activities Program (HEAP) (11 years), next the Houston Harris County Precinct 2 Senior Citizens and Youth Programs (7 years), and finally the City of Austin’s Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) and later the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) (17 years), retiring in June 2021.
Mary Ann died at her home in Austin on April 8, 2022. The cause of death was metastatic anaplastic thyroid cancer, which Mary Ann had fought courageously for sixteen years with the help of her doctors from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
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