Ivy Parsons was born in Baltimore Maryland. She received a MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980 and BFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1977. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1980 and University of Maryland Imaging and Digital Arts MFA program 1999-2005.
She received over fifty grants and awards which include a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, Italy ,1982-83, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship,1983, Robert Smithson Memorial Fellowship, Brooklyn Museum, N.Y.C, 1981, Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant ,N.Y.C.,1987, 1999, Ruth Chenven Foundation 1988, Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, 1991,Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, N.Y.C., 1994, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 1995, Maryland State Arts Council., 1986, 87, 89, 91, 96. Artist in Residence include Brooklyn Museum, N.Y.C., 1980-81, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H., 1981, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Mass., 1981-82, Sculpture Space, Utica, N.Y.,1989, ArtPark, Lewiston, N.Y.,1991, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Va. 1995-96, 99, 2004, Tyrone Guthrie Center, County Monoghan, Ireland, 1997, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, 1997, Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency at Rochefort En Terre, France, 1999, Polar Circuit Residency, Rovaneimi, Finland, 2000.
Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington , 1996, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland,1997, New House Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center., S.I.,N.Y., 1995-96, Munson-Williams Proctor Institute, Museum of Art,1995, Artist Space, N.Y.C., 1994, Art Omi, N.Y, 1998, Musee Du Chateau De Rochefort-en-terre, France, 1999, 2003, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Va. 1999, 95, Vizivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, 2000, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Mass. 2000.
In the Baltimore/Washington area, she exhibited at the School 33 Art Center Gallery, Maryland Art Place, Grimaldis Gallery, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Lyric Opera House, Galerie Francoise, Halcyon Gallery, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Center Stage, The Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Baltimore Museum of Art, Arlington Art Center, International Sculpture Center, The McLean Project for the Arts, Washington Square and the Maryland Institute College of Art.