Mary A. McKay Biography
Mary Ann began her professional fine art career shortly after relocating to South Jersey in 1976.
She began painting under her first mentor Pat Witt at the Barn Studio of Art in 1979, thus beginning a friendship that remains an important part of her life today.
In 1982, she began studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art evening school for life painting and drawing. After this, she enrolled at the Hussian School of Art for Graphic Design, always finding time for a painting class. During these years she became interested in portraits, and took extra time and classes to refine her technique. She discovered she had a natural ability to capture a mood or the
personality in her subjects. “Sometimes I just get lucky”.
After a successful career in Graphic Design, Mary Ann moved to Cliffwood Beach, NJ to be near the water and plan for retirement, where she now creates art every day. Mary Ann is also the Vice-President of the Arts Society of Keyport, where she helps direct and create public glass mosaic art for the Borough of Keyport.
Mary Ann is exhibits her work in several venues, has been part-owner of artspace 88, LLC, an art gallery in Keyport, NJ, where she has her studio.
• Solo Show, "Silent Voices"", Schuylkill County Historical Society Museum,
Pottsville, PA, May 3rd–July 31, 2019
• 40th Annual Juried Show, Monmouth Museum, January 2019, "Three Boys"
• Members Miniatures Show, Monmouth Museum, January 2019, "Flappers On Board"
• Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA, "InVision" Juried Show, Nov. 2018 = Honorable Mention for "Breaking Out", from Coal Mine Series
• artspace 88 LLC , "Breaking New Ground: A Two Woman Show", February, 2018
• Members Miniatures Show, Monmouth Museum, January 2018
• artspace 88 LLC " Steel , Glass and Pigment": A Three-Woman Show, Sept,, 2017
• Metro 31 Show, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ, April 2017
• Members Miniature Show, Monmouth Museum, January 2017
• 25th Symposium International Society of Experimental Artists, June 2016
• 37th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, January 2016
• Members Miniatures Show, Monmouth Museum, January 2016
• Studio Montclair: State of the Art, January 2016
• Monmouth Arts Gallery 105, December 2015
• NEXUS Juried Show: Arts Guild New Jersey, October 2015